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Careless user spills milk/fruit punch on computer twice

Milk, milk everywhere but not a drop to dink

You would think someone who spills milk on their computer would learn that uncontained liquids and PC hardware don't mix. You would be wrong.

Webshots member Midolm experienced two separate spills, merely 5 days apart.

You can see more careless user antics in these galleries:

Careless users prove PCs and drinks don't mix

Convicted of endangering their computers?

© Webshots - midolm

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44 comments
MOCEFISH
MOCEFISH

Don't worry he/she will tell tech support how they have no idea why their computer does'nt work since day 1

krush
krush

Could work at a hospital where urine samples sometimes get spilled into monitors. Or users calling saying their kb doesn't work you go to type and you get spashing and the user how did that happen.

davidjackson
davidjackson

who took the pictures of my computer and desk.

mhutton
mhutton

Only thing left to do is to come up with some catchy name for this kind of activity and then dedicate a website to it.

bames
bames

two words...sippy cup

segsob
segsob

I think it was`faked!

ad6rv
ad6rv

All you have to do is flush it out with distilled water and let dry. No harm done. Actually a good way to clean circuit boards is in dish washer.

tonyfriendly
tonyfriendly

What is the point of this. I am ashamed to been sucked into this.

support
support

Let's keep the stupid stuff for Fridays - keep the helpful stuff Mon-Thur - that way only my Fridays will be wasted.....

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

I used to work in a vehicle maintenance shop for the USAF in Okinawa. We had received a brand new computerized oil analysis unit for our shop which could tell us the amount of contaminates in engine oil samples (which meant that we could extend the time between oil changes for most vehicles and save a considerable amount of money each year in oil - system paid for itself in 6 months). Anyway, one of our bright young lads knocked over a sample bottle with a loose top, spilling used oil all over the keyboard. They wiped it all down with a rag and never told anyone about it. About 2 weeks later I got a call from them saying their keyboard wasn't working, and when I asked them when they noticed the problem they said it had started showing up about a week earlier. Symptoms were sticking keys and keys not registering strokes. Knowing it was in a shop environment, I'd figured it was just some dirt or maybe cockroaches in the keyboard (there are a LOT of cockroaches in Okinawa). Opened it up to clean it out and was presented with an oily mess. Apparently all the keyboard electronic membrane layers are oil soluable, and had wrinkled to the texture of crepe paper. Had to replace the board; but as a what if project, I cleaned the board out, handwashed all the components with lukewarm dish soap (to cut the grease) and got the thing to work well enough that it went into our spares storage.

ibsteve2u
ibsteve2u

Should have put in a purchase request for an intrinsically safe keyboard. They run about $2K; at two keyboards a week plus IT hours spent it would have been fun laying out the ROI for that user's workstation.

xmetal
xmetal

I saw what is being sold as a portable keyboard the other day for $20. It's "portable" because it is flexible and can be rolled up. Identical in size and shape to a standard 114 key keyboard the casing and all keys are one fully sealed piece of blue latex. Problem solved.

cj_frye
cj_frye

I happen to know that a spilled beer is funneled down the paper output of an HP 5Si all the way to tray 3 at the bottom...

zclayton2
zclayton2

Put it in the dishwahser. Actually, put them both in the dishwasher. One will at least get clean.

hlnagy
hlnagy

I had to replace the keyboard in a laptop already that had liquid of some sort spilled in it. They didn't take pictures of it.

Top.Gun
Top.Gun

You could have a user who, in trying to clean up the mess before calling tech support, takes the keyboard apart and dumps the keys all over the floor, as happened to me once.

jdclyde
jdclyde

you need to go buy a sippy cup and give it to the user at Christmas time. B-)

tessakaine
tessakaine

Only thing that really strikes me about this post is that the user actually took pictures of the glasses before they 'spilt' milk and juice all over their machine. How stupid do these people think we are. Techrepublic... we all know that liquid does not mix with pc's. Almost every person on here is a trained individual with more brains in their little toe thanthis person. As good as it is that you are catering to everyone... in this case? We really dont need to see it. Tess

tessakaine
tessakaine

Only thing that really strikes me about this post is that the user actually took pictures of the glasses before they 'spilt' milk and juice all over their machine. How stupid do these people think we are. Techrepublic... we all know that liquid does not mix with pc's. Almost every person on here is a trained individual with more brains in their little toe thanthis person. As good as it is that you are catering to everyone... in this case? We really dont need to see it. Tess

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

Congrats, the user who did this wins the ultimate "slob of the year" award.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

Must be nice. Can we at least assume that the user was charged for parts?

dmckinley
dmckinley

This is a new low. I have noticed that the content has been steadily going down in quality over the last month or two. But this is even more retarded than the endless Linux vs. ms crap. Congrats on being mediocre.

I_Borg
I_Borg

Possibly a new form of art?!? Could this be a way to make money? Got Milk ads? Fresh squeezed juice???

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

Plastic key protectors to keep the crud and filth from penetrating into the inner workings.

meryllogue
meryllogue

Obviously, HP was doing your thinking for you. ;-)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

Man, that had to be one helluva clean-up job! I don't even want to think about it; in fact, I think I'll go troubleshoot toner feed problems in a Lexmark W810!

zclayton2
zclayton2

But arrainged in the Dvorak layout. Assign the keymap appropriately as to whether they claim touch typing skills or hunt and peck. Touch typing wont matter if the keys line up. Hunt and peck typing might get faster with the new layout.

mom.magnatta
mom.magnatta

If the keyboard is already "ruined" by milk then just take the unplugged keyboard to the sink and rinse off with some tap water, then wait for it to dry. Usually water will just dry and it will be ok. We have 2 keyboards that one is usually off the side drying while we are using the other. Another thing to try is to use the widebottom cups that just dont spill as easily! We haven't had to buy a new keyboard in years. Good luck

bemayo
bemayo

I'm with you. I don't even think this is a work computer. The picture that includes the screen shows someone on what appears to be having a personal chat. That doesn't mean it's not an office computer, but the person indicates they are going to take pictures of the spill--which implies to me that the person that spilled is the person who took the pictures is the person who sent it in. Plus, who drinks MILK at work? While it is certainly possible, I haven't personally seen many milk vending machines or people bringing milk from home to drink. That sounds more like their personal refrigerator is around the corner. It also looks like a personal/home desk than an office one, and the green washcloth is a bit too convenient to have at the office.

GoodOh
GoodOh

If everyone sneering at the stupid user is soooo smart is so proud of themselves then I ask you to look at the milk glass in shot 2 and in shot 9. Does that look like the same glass to you? Do you think that might suggest something to you about the veracity of the story? Perhaps this person also has WMD somewhere? Let's invade their office

blad3runn69
blad3runn69

no more stoopid stories about nuff nuffs please! Unless it is really funny. The fact you would take pictures of something that lame and publish them indicates what a dope this character is.

Shift4SMS
Shift4SMS

At first I thought your post was very snobbish. After all, a little chuckle over the stupidity of others can be therapeutic. But now after 3, 4, 5 email alerts with "Pouring the spilled fruit punch..." as the highlight, I have to agree with you, the quality is going down.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

102-key serial interface! It had been transferred from the original terminal to PC to PC to PC. When the last PC was replaced, I replaced the keyboard too. The keyboard itself was immaculate; the protector was opaque!

xmetal
xmetal

Google "CompUSA Flexible Mini Keyboard, USB" Different from the one I saw in the mall under my building but basically the same idea. The one I saw is identical to a full size kb but can also roll up. Some generic thing.

I_Borg
I_Borg

I need the address of this person, I am going to send them a box so they can pack up their computer, their user privileges are being revoked for stupidity... This person is forbidden to even approach a PC with so much as a raisin for the next TEN Years...

tessakaine
tessakaine

It seems to be indicative of 3 seperate spillages. I dont have the time to argue with you young man. I have PC's to build and a job to get on with.

iwm21
iwm21

Like so many things - beauty is in the eye of the beholder and some of the images and stories make me want to poke my eyes out so leaving that as metaphoric I banked in hitting the "back" button more rapidly. I must admit that pictures of juice or milk on a keyboard does not appeal to me at all though the pictures of the Tornado hunters do. Both have tenuous links to general programming or systems maintenance that drew me to TechRepublic If what you see or read does not appeal perhaps a simple "not for me" mark against it will encourage the editors to remove or demote the series? (Perhaps this could be done like a spam filter ... enough people saying "this is pants" and it's automatically removed). Many of the words and pictures fun distraction; perhaps some more filtering may help us/you find what you are looking for. Personally if I don't like what I see I don't look at it - there's enough on TechRepublic to engage me else I would go elsewhere ("Bastard Operator from Hell" being a fun site). Personally - "Juice" is pants; "Tornado" is cool

meryllogue
meryllogue

Familiararity breeds contempt. Perhaps you should take a hiatus and see if you like them better when you return. For those of us who are still fairly new here, we like these even if they are occasionally silly. They are a nice diversion while I get my brain re-engaged in the morning.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

"What do you mean I can't fold it?" :0 :^0

Big Ole Jack
Big Ole Jack

but believe me, someone will find a way to destroy those things too. It always amazes me at the new ways users find to kill their PCs'.

aaron.andrews1
aaron.andrews1

I thought it was "familiarity breeds indifference" not that it matters...but this is kind of a waste of bandwidth - but then again I'm sure tech republican targets all levels of it's audience. Maybe somebody still doesn't know computers are not water proof and this just saved their keyboard!?