So in Finder, Mac finds a Windows PC in the Network. When I right click on it and click Get Info, I see an icon that shows a computer monitor with a blue screen. By blue screen I mean a crashed PC. Why is this? Why not a normal desktop image?

  • "0942v8653" is right. You can also notice that the PC looks like an old one from the 2000s. More generally, Apple love to put some jokes/references in its icons and source codes. Jun 8, 2014 at 18:50
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    As an icon, it needs to be recognizable both at small and large sizes. I think a simple image like this works better than "a normal desktop image," with its tiny icons, etc. Also, I would guess that, even for regular users, that blue screen is recognizable as something only a Windows PC will do.
    – njahnke
    Jun 9, 2014 at 14:26

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Because it was Apple's way of making fun of Windows. No reason other than that.

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    Kind of childish, isn't it?
    – bot47
    Jun 8, 2014 at 20:36
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    @MaxRied Not childish, just a light-hearted dig at a competitor that seems to have been in the OS since about 2007. Most people won't even notice it and I expect it'll raise a smile from those that do. It's probably a little out-dated now though. Jun 9, 2014 at 11:54
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    Now all Apple has to do to make fun of Windows is show a Windows 8 desktop
    – user81241
    Jun 9, 2014 at 13:07
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    In fact, the file is named "public.generic-pc_lame.icns"
    – BomberFish
    Dec 29, 2019 at 23:07
  • This image also shows when sharing a folder with samba from a linux machine in Finder. Ironically, Finder's features when it comes to accessing shared resources on the network leave much to be desired.
    – AArias
    Sep 6, 2022 at 8:18

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