The classic Amiga computer equivalent
of a BSOD
. It was rendered
to the unlucky
user as a rectangular red
box which flashes
on and off, surrounding
the text which gave the less than intuitive
(typically a 32-bit error code
and a 32-bit memory address
The name came from an old joystick-compatible peripherial for a game system which was large enough for you to sit upon. The goal was for you to sit upon it in a guru-like manner, and remain perfectly still. The peripherial would detect if you moved, and upon such event would warn you of this fact.
Newer Amiga operating systems changed "Guru Meditation Error" to "Software Failure", to sound more professional and make the suits happy.
You'll find a better description at guru meditation.
I originally misspelled
this as "Guru Mediation Error" (no t
), but thanks to dem bones
has been corrected
However a Guru Mediation Error would probably be much more interesting to see happen than a Guru Meditation Error. I can imagine a bunch of (supposedly) wise old guys with long white beards gathering together around a table to solve their differences, only to have something go horribly wrong and an all-out fight ensues.