Microsoft’s vision of Windows everywhere seems to be coming true. I just returned from the supermarket after surviving a close encounter with Windows in which I almost couldn’t pay for my garlic, pound of ground beef, and frozen yogurt.
My local supermarket has a slew of self-checkout aisles where you can scan and pay for your groceries yourself. I found a vacant one and began scanning, but noticed the machine was excessively sluggish — it took about 10 to 15 seconds to recognize each of my items. I began experiencing an odd feeling of deja vu, but wasn’t sure why.
It was time to pay, and suddenly in front of the normal screen display of green peppers and the like, an all-too-familiar error message popped up, warning me there was an error in my DLL library. Aha! No wonder I felt deja vu. This was just like sitting in front of my PC.
Now, I’ve been using Windows since the days of Windows 3.0, so I’m certainly used to getting these errors, but only when I’m seated at my computer, not when I’m trying to pay for ground beef.
I couldn’t figure out how to reboot the thing, but amazingly enough, all I had to do was press the OK button on the error message, and I was able to pay and finish checkout.
If only my PC could recover so quickly from system crashes. If Microsoft can solve problems with Windows in the aisles of grocery stores, why can’t it solve it at my PC? Maybe if there was a slot for my credit card next to my keyboard, it would work.
Have you had an odd encounter with Windows in a place you wouldn’t expect it? If so, let me know, below.
Have you had an odd encounter with Windows in a place you wouldn’t expect it?