Recently we learned that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was the author of one of Windows’ more notorious blue screen messages. It’s one of a number of messages that our computers communicate to us so often that they earn permanent spots in our collective consciousness. These include error messages as well as informational notes and are often in words but can also be communicated in other ways, such as through graphics or sounds.
Though we come to know these messages and their meanings well, we may not know how they came to be in the first place. Here are the stories behind 10 of the more common computer messages that many of us know all too well.
This slideshow originally appeared on ITworld.com.