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Part VI: Appendixes > Frozen Programs (Force Quitting)

B.3. Frozen Programs (Force Quitting)

The occasional unresponsive application has become such a part of Mac OS X life that, among the Mac cognoscenti online, the dreaded, endless "please wait" cursor has been given its own acronym: SBOD (Spinning Beachball of Death). When the SBOD strikes, no amount of mouse clicking and keyboard pounding will get you out of the recalcitrant program.

The situation is clearly better in Mac OS X 10.2. Now, at least, your cursor turns back into an arrow when you move it off of the balky program's window. But that doesn't stop the balkiness.


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