A Prank Kernel Panic Screen Saver for Mac OS X
Little is dreaded more in the Mac world than the kernel panic, the Mac OS X equivalent of the Windows Blue Screen of Death of yesteryear. While modern versions of Mac OS X don’t display the kernel panic screen like they used to, that doesn’t mean you still can’t have some mischievous fun with a fake kernel panic screen saver.
Similar to this fake kernel panic app, the Kernel Panic Screensaver draws what looks just like a real kernel panic on the Mac display, leading yourself (or the unsuspecting observer) to think a Mac has suffered from a total system failure*. The effect is very realistic, complete with the slow screen draw and the multilingual kernel panic text just like you’d see in the real thing.
Thankfully, real kernel panics are rare, and this is obviously just a fake one anyway that goes away the moment you move the mouse, but that doesn’t mean you cant have some fun with this silly replica of Mac computing disaster.
This fun little screen saver comes to us from DoomLaser and was first released a long time ago, but it continues to be compatible to this day with modern versions of Mac OS, even if the kernel panic looks different and no longer behaves the same. For best results you’d probably want to install the screen saver file called KPSaver and then set an appropriate time for the screen saver to activate, or just enable the screen saver as usual and let it activate the fake kernel message in time. You can also use it yourself to enjoy the humor in a simulated kernel panic as your screen saver, since it looks silly and your co-workers might think theres a problem on your Mac when there actually isn’t one.
Sure it’s a bit goofy, but sometimes having a little fun is warranted, right? Just remember to be a nice person and don’t use this joke the wrong way!
* As some of you may know, modern versions of Mac OS X no longer show the same kernel panic screen that used to show up (the classic multilingual kernel panic screen, what is used by this screen saver), but since may Mac users don’t know this, the prank could still be valid or used for some humor on your own. And maybe it’s fun even for the retro aspect of what it used to be like when a Mac froze up and freaked out…