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Wreaking havoc on faulty tech equipment

We all know that technology eventually dies. Nothing lasts forever, right? Despite this knowledge, there are times when our frustration gets the best of us, and we take it out on the faulty tech equipment in a very physical way.

We all know that computers break, electronics malfunction, and technology eventually dies. Nothing lasts forever, right? Despite this knowledge, there are times when our frustration gets the best of us, and we take it out on the faulty machine or tech equipment in a very physical way. See the photo gallery: Tech destruction.

Have you ever harmed your computer or tech devices when they weren't working properly? Please send us photographic evidence.

[Note: If you do wreak havoc on your tech equipment, please be sure to dispose of it properly. Counseling is also recommended - but not necessary.]

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10 comments
seanferd
seanferd

Always the sly one, Sonja. :^0

badbot
badbot

I had a switch with several bad ports. I took it out with a .45 about 30 rounds. Mounted it on the wall in front of the network rack. Network issues have reduced to an amazingly low level!

sissy sue
sissy sue

...but I think that many of us would have to admit to at least one episode. I once took a hammer to a manual typewriter, but that was a long time ago. I felt like a fool afterward. There are better ways to take out one's anger and/or frustration, but, somehow, random destruction feels better -- at the time.

Daniel Breslauer
Daniel Breslauer

I threw both of my laptops on the floor. The hard disks stopped working. Toshiba replaced them AT NO COST - even though I did not have any special warranty package, not their recent offer - this was 3 years ago. I am not going to do that again.. just to be clear... :)

parnote
parnote

Taking revenge on older computer equipment in a destructive manner really isn't all that smart. First, all of the toxic chemicals that may leech into our environment could turn out to be a HUGE problem for later generations. Secondly, you can make more money parting out the parts to many older computers (especially laptops) than you can selling a working version of the computer. There definitely is a market for bezels, older memory, older processors, laptop cases, batteries, etc. for people who are trying to resurrect an old laptop (perhaps as a first computer for a child), or keep an old one they have going (because they lack the money to buy a new one). Ebay has thousands, if not millions, of "parts" for sale. And don't think that the older technology stuff isn't making its way into modern equipment. At the hospital where I work, we have an Accu-Dose medication dispensing control unit. After a recent generator test, we had to reboot the machine (as we must do after every weekly generator test). Watching the computer reboot, I was surprised to learn that it uses a ROM-embedded Windows 2000, running on a Celeron 733 MHz processor, and 512 MB RAM. This system is under 4 years old, and was purchased at a time when much, much more powerful processors were available. So, old technology equipment doesn't really die; it just goes on, living a second life, powering those items around us that we scarcely give a second thought to.

Blackbeagle2
Blackbeagle2

Spilling cadmium, nickel, tantalum, lead, various phenolic resins, who knows what else all around doesn't seem to be a good idea. What about any plants you might consume nearby? What about kids playing in the residues?

JimInPA
JimInPA

I've gotten very angry at some equipment before, luckily I've had the good sense to walk away. I do have a good example for you though. I do IT work for my brother's excavating business. One day he brought a laptop to me and asked if I could fix it. Turns out he got frustrated with it and punched the keyboard... hard. The whole thing kinda went concave and the motherboard was cracked. Not much I could do about that one. He keeps it in the office as a reminder.

Spitfire_Sysop
Spitfire_Sysop

My friend once came over to my place with a large Dr. Pepper and set it on my desk. No big deal right? Well I had a second computer that I was working on at the time set up on my floor. I had run out of space and the second monitor was sitting on a crate next to the desk. When he eventually knocked the drink off the edge of the desk it spilled directly in to the monitor. It made a pitiful little -PoP- sound and the picture instantly went black. No drinks in the lab.

sissy sue
sissy sue

where a 33-year old man reported that a Coke machine at Costco's made him break his mother's wrist.

zenoscope
zenoscope

I once took a hammer to my old 286, not because it was junk, but because I was making room in the case for more RAM ( I had a memory extender which didn't fit). It was very astisfying. I know from previous experience that breaking things deliberately can result in short term stress relief, but usually results in regrets later or even injuries. Its much like taking your anger out on people.

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