Wednesday Nerd Fun: The Hollywood Operating System

Sandra Bullock in "The Net"

There are a whole host of movie occurrences that differ with reality, and scientists/programmers/nerds differ in their willingness to suspend disbelief. If you are on the lower end of that spectrum, or just get a laugh at how badly Hollywood misunderstands technology, you should enjoy today’s oldie-but-goodie midweek joke. Over at we find the development guidelines for the operating system that every movie computer seems to use. Here are my favorites:

1. Any PERMISSION DENIED has an OVERRIDE function.

2. Complex calculations and loading of huge amounts of data will be accomplished in under three seconds. In the movies, modems transmit data at two gigabytes per second.

3. When the power plant/missile site/whatever overheats, all the control panels will explode, as will the entire building.

6. No matter what kind of computer disk it is, it'll be readable by any system you put it into. All application software is usable by all computer platforms.

7. The more high-tech the equipment, the more buttons it has. However, everyone must have been highly trained, because the buttons aren't labeled.

17. All text must be at least 72 point.

33. Computers with touch screen interfaces are noisy.

Can you think of any others?

3 thoughts on “Wednesday Nerd Fun: The Hollywood Operating System

  1. Anytime a progress bar is displayed, the mimicked sounds of large amounts of tiny bits of “glass” data must dropping into a glass jar must occur.

  2. If you want to disable a computer, get a gun and shoot the monitor and keyboard.

    All computers make copius amounts of sounds as data is either displayed on the screen or entered into the computer. This would never annoy the hell out of your co-workers all day long.

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