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Windows semicolon

XP came and went (sure nobody likes Vista, but how long do you think anyone will have a choice?), but this doesn’t seem to have received enough attention:

A semicolon in Windows XP’s shutdown screen:
"Do not turn off or unplug your computer; it will turn off automatically."

The last time a semicolon was sighted, the New York Times made a big fuss of it, and included a baffling comment by Noam Chomsky.

Written by S

Mon, 2008-10-06 at 06:32:30

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  1. Interesting. When does this appear, BTW? Does it appear on each shutdown?

    P

    Mon, 2008-10-06 at 14:19:06

  2. I think it appears when you have some Windows Updates queued up. I rarely have reason to use Windows, so I don’t really know very well. :)

    Shreevatsa

    Mon, 2008-10-06 at 20:25:41


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