Not in anyone’s wildest dream or fantasy would we have imagined or dreamt of singing a song that would have the power to shut down or “caused a laptop to crush”.
It happened however that a hit song in 1989 had the power to “cause a laptop to crush” just like demons have the power to crush people or objects even without placing a hand on it.
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That said, Senior software engineer from Microsoft, Raymond Chen, detailed the strange quirk in a blog post on a song from 1989 that had the power to crush a laptop.
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The senior software engineer from Microsoft has revealed playing the music video for Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation crashed some of its older laptops sitting nearby.
In a blog post, the company’s senior software engineer, Raymond Chen, said a colleague had recently shared a story with him from his days working in Windows XP product support.
Chen, senior software engineer from Microsoft, said the video from Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation song released in 1989 contained one of the “natural resonant frequencies” of the hard drives that both Microsoft and some competitors were using at the time.
In other words, this simply meant whenever the video was played, the 5,50 RPM hard drives in question stopped working. How possible is that?
Mr Chen, said:
“And then they discovered something extremely weird: playing the music video on one laptop caused a laptop sitting nearby to crash, even though that other laptop wasn’t playing the video!”
In response to that, the manufacturer responded to the bizarre issue by creating a special audio filter that detected and removed the offending frequencies before they came out of the speaker and crashed the hard drive.
Microsoft XP became available to the public in October 2001. It’s main support for the operating system for windows ended in 2009 and extended support ended in 2014.
However, Mr Chen, said he hoped manufacturers put a digital version of a “do not remove” sticker on the audio filter in the coming years as the issue may have been forgotten. And if not, we wouldn’t just understand or know what the issue causing our devices crashing.
Rhythm Nation from Janet Jackson was the second single from Jackson’s 1989 album. Her Rhythm Nation 1814, and contained socially conscious lyrics about racial harmony.
Its music video was shot in black and white to reflect the theme and the track itself reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100.