Sunday, 22 June 2008

Fantastic Errors and Random Nostalgia

So, I wibbling around some random website when I click on a link and up comes an error:
Error 503 Service Unavailable

Error talking to backend

Guru Meditation:

XID: 2075015976

Oh wow! Just how fantastic is that!? :)

Best. Error message. Ever.

Ahh, it's been a while since I've seen that "old friend":

According to Wikipedia:

Guru Meditation is the name of the error that occurred on early versions of
the Commodore Amiga computer when they crashed. It is analogous to the "Blue
Screen Of Death", often referred to as a 'BSOD', in Microsoft Windows operating

The term "Guru Meditation Error" was an in-house joke from Amiga's early
days. One of the company's products was the joyboard, a game controller much
like a joystick but operated by one's feet. Early in the development of the
Amiga computer operating system, the company's developers became so frustrated
with the system's frequent crashes that, as a relaxation technique, a game was
developed where a person would sit cross-legged on the joyboard, resembling an
Indian guru. The player was supposed to remain perfectly still with the goal of
the game being to stay still the longest. If the player moved, a "guru
meditation error" resulted.

It's always great when you encounter random nostalgia :)


  1. i always wonder why and what that was about :D thanks for explaining that :D

  2. I know! I think I may have heard of its origins before, but certainly not recently.

    Either way, it's still cool :)