“Please power off all electronics. There is no mail at this time.”
“Damn it” he cursed to himself, “Halo. Call Mellisa.”
“Please power off all electronics. Mellisa is not available at this time.”
Tapping a small button on his earpiece twice, the home computer’s screen was brought
up on his kitchen counter and he quickly typed into the search box, “halscope not
working, call halo support.”
Just as Jarod was about to hit the Return button the screen went an ugly shade of dark
blue, then quickly filled with white text.
A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
A process thread crucial to system operation has unexpectedly exited or been terminated.
Check to make sure all hardware is properly installed
(0x4661756C, 0x74792048756D, 0x616E204C, 0x6F676963)
Collecting data for crash dump …
Initializing disk …
Dumping physical memory to disk: 0, 1, 2, 3...
The computer counted from 0 to 100 over the next ten seconds, and Jarod watched,
and tried to understand, Crash dump?
... Install all hardware? It was probably just
another forced software update he thought. In that moment, Jarod was not the only one
seeing this message, on every screen on the planet, every electronic display available,
the same message and countdown appeared. His son Peter was watching the
countdown as well. He was trying to make sense of the hex codes thinking maybe he
triggered some security feature that interrupted him from playing the puzzle game on the
screen he had borrowed from the school a few days ago but it was not just him. Most of
the world was watching the exact same screen, scratching their heads about what it
meant and asking all in unison, where in the hell is the IT guy?