BlackBerry 8220 Easter Egg: White Screen of Death is Apparently "Sexy, Isn't It?"
Instead of spending yesterday evening on a patio enjoying a cool bevvie, it seems our pal Jibi decided to stay in doors and play on the BlackBerry KickStart (or is it Pearl now?!) 8220 device simulator he got a hold of. And ya know what, it was time well spent as he discovered an Easter Egg buried within the simulator! As explained by Jibi:
When given a JVM error we all love to hate, scroll to the VM internal test option and click the trackball. It will now go through a series of screens. As to what these actually do, if anything, is unknown to me... however, I found myself quite puzzled when more than a few of the screens were displayed.
Looking very closely at the last image in the sequence, there appears to be some sort of statement, although it is blocked by the title quote. From what I can make out (yes, I actually spent a good bit trying to transcribe the hidden message), it looks to be something along the lines of:
Oh no mr bill. something has
Oh nooo. Oh nooooooooo.
TOO FUNNY. I've always considered the BlackBerry white error message screen (not something I tend to enjoy seeing) to be RIM's equivalent to the Microsoft Blue Screen of Death, but the next time I see one I know I'm gonna laugh at how 'Sexy' it actually is. As for the hidden message - most likely a reference to SNL's Mr. Bill. You can check out the full sequence of images here. I guess RIM engineers DO have a sense of humor!