Even though I am a dyed-in-the-wool Mac user and I am well versed in exactly what Microsoft have done to the tech-industry over the years, I have a hard time believing that Microsoft’s shoddy OS was indirectly responsible for the worst environmental disaster in human history.
Although according to Michael Williams, the chief electronics technician aboard the Transocean-owned Deepwater Horizon, a computer that monitored the drilling on the oil rig that subsequently exploded, was giving blue-screens-of-death, prior to the disaster, I think it’s more to do with the fact that they had turned off the rig’s alarm system at night.
Having said that though I think it will be interesting to see if even this small amount of sh*t in anyway sticks to Microsoft.
I think it’s also interesting to speculate a ‘what-if?’
‘What if’ the blue-screen had instead been a kernel-panic screen on a Mac? I wonder what the media would say then?
Seeing as Apple have just been heavily criticized for a minor design-flaw in their new iPhone, I think we’d probably have Steve’s head on a pole by now, and Mac-users across the land would be flailed alive until they started using ‘a proper OS’.
An exaggeration of course, but I guarantee that millions of dollars are being spent right now, making sure that the right people are influenced, paid off and ‘encouraged’ to no longer create any connection between this disaster and anything that comes out of Redmond.
I bet Mr Williams has already had that phone call.