__/ [ Oliver Wong ] on Monday 07 August 2006 23:08 \__
> "Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> [topic is computers crashing in amusing locations]
>> In arcades...
> A bunch of friends and I were hanging out in a bar where they had a
> touch screen arcade cabinet. After playing a few games, out of sheer
> boredom, one of us started tapping on the screen with all 10 fingers (or 8
> fingers and 2 thumbs if you prefer) as quickly as possible, in all random
> locations. After a second or two of this, the system locked up, and
> self-rebooted itself. We saw that it was running Linux.
> Being compute geeks and non-zealots, our reaction wasn't "Ha! Linux...
> crappy as ever" but rather "Hey cool! Maybe if we find a USB port, we can
> hook up a computer and hack around a bit." We didn't find one. =(
> We were also impressed that the machine was able to self-detect its
> failure, and reboot itself, and we speculated on how this was implemented.
> Maybe some daemon thread monitoring system status?
> - Oliver
Well, you know, the show must go on!