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. – Trevör Jun 8 '14 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 '14 at 14:26

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 '14 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. – Mike Meyers Jun 9 '14 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 '14 at 13:07

In fact, the file is named "public.generic-pc_lame.icns"

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