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Video: Punishing computers for their awful sins

Anyone who has ever used a computer has experienced a moment of temptation when we very nearly pummeled our hapless PC into submission in retaliation for yet another inexplicable error, crash, or condescending "Are you sure?" message. Well, these folks didn't resist the urge, and their computers paid the awfully hilarious price.

Anyone who has ever used a computer has experienced a moment of temptation when we very nearly pummeled our hapless PC into submission in retaliation for yet another inexplicable error, crash, or condescending "Are you sure?" message. Well, these folks didn't resist the urge, and their computers paid the awfully hilarious price.

Set to the music of Daniel Powter's cloying "Bad Day," this montage of staged and true-to-life cubicle meltdowns is a blunt reminder to all office-dwellers that your coworker is probably one Blue Screen of Death away from oh-so-cathartic property damage. So, yeah, have those cell phone cameras ready, 'cause this vid needs a sequel in the worst way.

(Found via Neatorama.)

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11 comments
Tig2
Tig2

What I wouldn't have given many times in my career to do just half of that to any of a large number of recalcitrant pcs! True story- we were working on a 300 pc or so network upgrade. Boss, me, two co-workers. We have all been in the office since 7:00 or 8:00 that morning. It is now 9:00 p.m. Most of the pcs were dealing with the upgrade well. A few problems but nothing we couldn't get up and running. I had a pc in front of me that just flatly refused to "see" its' NIC. And I spent a good 30 minutes walking through the troubleshooting steps with no luck. So I got my co-worker- senior to me, more knowledgeable, and set him on the problem. Still no luck. So we grab the Boss. Around 11:30 the boss can't get the darned thing to work either... but now its personal. I finally told him that he needed to walk away from the problem. He refused. One wall in that office was glass from ceiling to floor. You need this information. I went back to the troublesome pc to see if the Boss had made any progress just in time to see him pick up the CPU box and head for that wall of glass. First time in my life that I had to physically restrain a colleague. We are still friends today and when we share stories of our professional life, that one invariably comes up. That vid is destined for emailing to everyone I know. Thanks so much for posting it! EDIT- grammatical typo

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

Ok, here is one. I was working a contract at a credit union, replacing all of the PC's/notebooks. The 'night crew' messed with a notebook, and it could not use the NIC for it. I was familiar with this problem, so I removed the latest service pack, and then it worked. I informed the manager of what I did and how it was resolved. Please note, Internet access was only to a few specific sites. Also note: we could not bring anything in with us, nor leave with anything. Anyway, the next day another machine with the same problem. The manager had someone else do it. I was standing there and he explained to ONLY remove the service pack. This tech uninstalled the NIC card and then removed the SP. oops, now the driver was unavailable and could not be re-installed (nobody had it). We had to call the project co-ordinator who said 're-install the SP, driver, then uninstall it'. When we asked how, with no access, he said he would get back to us. Next and final day, still no answers, so we had to call him back where he replied 'lose the unit, throw it out the window, problem solved'. I would have stayed late (OT) but I knew there was nothing we could do at the time. They asked me to come back the next day, but I had another contract already lined up, so I had to refuse. All I could think is that they either put everything needed on the network to fix it, or they got someone to 'sneak' a cd in.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

I think I have seen all of these individual videos before, but it was cool to have them all together. Now, my preference is concrete. Anything with a cable (mouse/keyboard/etc... gets swung around a few times before being totally trashed. The comp itself gets thrown several times never decided to do it to a monitor though.

mad tabby
mad tabby

I just show my new computer the pieces of its predecessor. No more blue-screen. Who says computers can't think ;)

rdamato
rdamato

I can relate. I came very close to chucking an IBM XT out of a 4th floor window back in the day (1985/86) - it didn't help that it was 12:30am and I had 15 cups of coffee that day. Glad I didn't, those suckers were expensive! Fun video though

cyberslurpie
cyberslurpie

The time has come for the computers to pay for their sins against humanity. I prefer using the stump grinder or the chainsaw on them personaly.

thughes4322
thughes4322

The time has come for the computers to pay for their sins against humanity. I prefer using the stump grinder on them personaly.

thughes4322
thughes4322

Wonder if they tried to take them back for warranty repair...or had them delivered to tech support with the usual "I didn't do anything, it just quit working">

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

people get the accidental damage coverage, and then screw up a system and then try to get it replaced...lol

TomB2
TomB2

That is an awesome video! I have felt that way many time. Awesome! I wonder though were those incidents staged or are those people now looking for new jobs. Nice post guys.

d.neal
d.neal

Pretty sure one of the clips featured a character from the film 'Office Space'. Faked or not they're still funny!

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