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operating system, exception The Amiga equivalent of
Unix's panic (sometimes just called a "guru" or "guru
event"). When the system crashes, a cryptic message of the
indicating what the problem was. An Amiga guru can figure
things out from the numbers.
In the earliest days of the Amiga, there was a device called a
"Joyboard" which was basically a plastic board built onto a
joystick-like device; it was sold with a skiing game cartridge
for the Atari game machine. It is said that whenever the
prototype OS crashed, the system programmer responsible would
concentrate on a solution while sitting cross-legged, balanced
on a Joyboard, resembling a meditating guru. Sadly, the joke
was removed in AmigaOS 2.04.