chapter  4
6 Pages

MSN, interface

ByNICK BROWNE

We can begin with the blue field that is eclipsed when the computer successfully boots up. It is not, as I will try to show, a screen, a window, or a portal but the ground for any display of information whatsoever. Blue is the field that palpitates between the appearance of simulated life, after booting up, and the void of information absence, negation, or implosion. Nearly all the drive characteristics, addresses, and memory of the computer are activated by the system configuration that grounds itself on this blue field. Even its acronym, BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), provokes anxiety in its community of users and its actual appearance is met with convulsions and despair. This blue field is the most feared colour in the Microsoft world, occurring whenever something has gone terribly wrong, when the system encounters a fatal error, or when the system fails absolutely.