As Li Ning was about to rise to the Bird’s Nest during the Olympics opening ceremony, a Windows blue screen appeared. The blue screen only appeared for a second because a techie switched to the backup immediately. A Gizmodo commenter confirmed that it indeed happened.
“CONFIRMED: I found it on my HD DVR recording of the Opening Ceremonies. Angle and color are correct. It’s a blue-white smudge on the ceiling at about 4 hours and 24 minutes into the NBC broadcast version. Right after the torch lighting, they have a shot with some women in red dresses, holding flags. It’s right above the white flag.”
Windows blue screens occures when a kernel or driver runs into an unrecoverable error and requires a power shut-down. This usually happens when Windows believes an illegal operation took place. Read more on Wikipedia.