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cr-48 blue screen of death
cr-48 easter egg
Easter Egg in the Cr-48 BIOS
The firmware team at Google encoded an "Easter egg" in the Cr-48 BIOS that can be viewed by taking the following steps:
Set your Cr-48 to Developer Mode using the instructions
Press the power button to start your Cr-48
When the Chrome OS verification warning screen appears, type the following:
The screen will display the image below, a reference to the notorious
Blue Screen of Death
in Microsoft Windows
at Google provided the following details about the origin and contents of this image:
The hexadecimal numbers are the ASCII representation of this text:
Greetings from the Chrome OS x86 firmware team. This message is brought to you by Randall, Bill, Vadim, Gaurav, and Kelly. Also by the letter G and the number 42. If you've enjoyed this gadget, please join us at http://www.chromium.org to help make it even better. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress. No animals were harmed in the production of this message. Apply only to affected area. Cape does not enable wearer to fly. Contents may have settled during shipment. Use no hooks.
The proper names in the encoded message are the people on the Cr-48 firmware team.
The various library names that appear on the screen are references to the following:
firmware.exe - We are the firmware team, after all.
wfrichar.sys - [email address] is me.
rspanglr.sys - [email address] is the Cr-48 firmware tech lead.
HeartAu.sys - The starship Heart of Gold, from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
DevNull.SYS - /dev/null is the special bitbucket device on *nix systems
goglplx.SYS - The Googleplex is what some people call the Google corporate headquarters
mstrclas.SYS - Those who rule the firmware are the Master Class!
MstrShak.SYS - Master Shake, from the TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Vega.SYS - Originaly vga.sys (a video driver); I thought of the car from Chevrolet
Nova.SYS - Another old Chevy
Gremlin.SYS - Yet another old car, this one from AMC
TARDIS.SYS - From Doctor Who, of course
Jupiter2.Sys - From the old TV show Lost in Space
CAMRA.SYS - The Campaign for Real Ale
wntrmute.sys - The AI Wintermute, from William Gibson's Neuromancer
rdaneel.sys - R. Daneel Olivaw, from a bunch of Isaac Asimov's novels
eschaton.sys - I'm thinking of Charlie Stross' SF novel Singularity Sky
sundiver.sys - The novel by David Brin
hal.dll - The HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey
STARBUG.SYS - The shuttlecraft from the BBC sitcom Red Dwarf
kryten.SYS - The android from Red Dwarf
lister.sys - The slacker/hero from Red Dwarf
HOLLY.SYS - The computer from Red Dwarf
SERMOUSE.SYS - Serial mouse driver, I believe
PARMOUSE.SYS - So of course there must be a parallel mouse driver
MTYMOUSE.SYS - Mighty Mouse! Here I come to save the day! (a cartoon from my childhood)
DngrMouS.SYS - Danger Mouse, another mouse-themed cartoon
mkymouse.SYS - Some other cartoon mouse of some sort...
mnemouse.SYS - ... and his girlfriend.
HNdlNqry.sys - The spaceship Hot Needle of Inquiry, from Larry Niven's Ringworld series
serial.sys - The serial port driver
cereal.SYS - The cereal port driver
browser.sys - Chrome OS has a browser, right?
bowser.sys - Jon "Bowzer" Bauman
shanana.sys - Sha-Na-Na, the band that Bowzer sings in
zzzztop.sys - ZZ Top, a band I like better
bsod.SYS - This screen
enufstop.SYS - Enough! Stop!
croskrnl.exe - If the kernel has a name, it would be CrOS.
B0Fh - The IT hero in a series of stories by Simon Travaglia
NIGHTMAREGREEN - A really Bad Thing from the Laundry series of SF novels by Charlie Stross
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