The Blue Screen of Death is still alive and well on Windows Phone

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death is now on Windows Phone. Photo: Peter Bright/Twitter

Window’s Blue Screen of Death was the tech world’s joke du jour for poking fun at Microsoft’s crash-friendly software, and while many believed the blue screen had finally died, it looks like Windows Phone is carrying on the proud tradition of the horrific error notification.

Ars Technica tech editor, Peter Bright tweeted the picture above of his Nokia Windows Phone with the fatal error screen. Other Twitter users have also posted shots of their Windows Phone afflicted by the BSoD ‘process initialization failed’ error.

The Blue Screen of Death has been around since the days of Windows NT and was updated to include a sad face emoticon for the disastrous release of Windows 8. Microsoft is uniting its mobile and desktop operating systems with the upcoming release of Windows 9, but rather than coming up with a new error screen, it looks Redmond decided it’s still better than an insanely annoying spinning beach ball.

iCloud Drive comes to Windows before the Mac

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Steve Jobs once said that iTunes on Windows was like giving someone ice water in hell. Now Windows users are getting the latest version of iCloud before the Mac faithful.

Apple has already rolled out iCloud Drive, its new cloud filesystem for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, on Windows. Mac users won’t get iCloud Drive until Yosemite’s rumored launch in October.

Microsoft wants to lock down its app store, iOS-style

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Microsoft wants to apply some Apple-style stringency to clean up its App Store.

While it certainly has its fair share of clones and discoverability issues, Apple’s mega profitable App Store is still the toast of the App Store world.

With that in mind, Microsoft is using it as its (unofficial) model for rethinking its own Windows app store which, to put it bluntly, is downright broken.

Indulge your inner OCD with Brother’s tiny Wi-Fi label printer

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The Brother P-Touch P750W label printer works like a charm. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

When I was a kid, we used to label everything: toys, boxes, file folders. My parents used one of those manual rotary label dispensers, the kind you had to squeeze hard enough to make each individual letter poke up through the hard plastic label tape. It was a good day when my brother and I got to use the label maker to title our shelves, toys and books (“Rob’s Stuff” was a common theme).

These days, printing labels is a lot easier thanks to computers and label printers like the ones from Dymo and Brother. Typically, you’ve got to connect these to a Mac or PC, and then use special software to send labels to the label printer.

The Brother P-Touch P750W (printer makers really need to work on their model names) is a label printer that can connect to your computer via USB, sure, but also connect either to your existing Wi-Fi network or create its own Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n network to print labels from any device, including iPhones, iPads, Android devices, Windows PCs and Macs.

Yeah, I’ve already labeled some shelves around the house. Old habits, it appears, die hard.