PCs

Convicted of endangering their computers?

Sink full of keys

This hungry user spilled Ramen noodles all over her keyboard. Hopefully she'll be able to put all the keys back together again.

© Webshots - audder100

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25 comments
Mr. Fix
Mr. Fix like.author.displayName 1 Like

"I'm waiting for the mouse"

Mr. Fix
Mr. Fix like.author.displayName 1 Like

"I was just following the boss's new 'clean desk' policy!"

Mr. Fix
Mr. Fix like.author.displayName 1 Like

"I keep clicking to empty the Recycle Bin but nothing happens!"

plandok
plandok

Beepers. Kept mine in my shoulder bag (male) as well as my water bottle. Didn't realise the bag was waterproof and drowned the beeper. Didn't like it anyway 'cause it always went off in the countryside where there weren't any payphones. The boss had the only cellphone but he never left the office (hated travelling and also had the only laptop as a management display on his credenza). After a couple of beepers, the office knew I couldn't be trusted to phone in. Never had to call in again. Now of course, the cellphone is always out of reach of a tower {;)-

anneanne
anneanne

had a hero one sent down the stairs by visiting kidsletting it fall down stairs

elangomatt
elangomatt like.author.displayName 1 Like

One of my users had a work laptop that he used as his personal laptop at home, but he brought it into work for repair a couple years ago. He said that he had set it down with the screen open at the top of the stairs and then one of his kids accidentally knocked it down the steps. Whatever, I think he probably dropped it while walking down the stairs with it open. Both monitor hinges were completely broken but the amazing thing was that if you propped the monitor up, everything still worked perfectly fine.

sparker
sparker like.author.displayName 1 Like

After 30 years in computer service, I have seen most of these. Spills were the most common but I have seen the duct tape fix more than a few times. I once made a field call to a jewlery store to fix a bad keyboard and found a fake gold fingernail laying in the circuit board causing it to short. Self destructive users kept me busy, and laughing, for years.

bobijub
bobijub like.author.displayName 1 Like

that first picture is an extremely good illustrative demonstration on what laptop/notebook users do much more often, than desktop computer users, just because they have wider choice. computer users are fond of runining the health of their own body with insane body positions, and keeping those positions for insanely long time. and the number of insane positions body positions is multiplied when using a notebook. anyhow. computers, data, result of our own work are precious, so is our time that is lost without work just because of a computer failure. so anyone is right when suggesting not to waterfall, cook, grease, the computer. but keyboards are not precious. so if you cumulate the time that is spent by turning away from your computer desk in order just not to spill coke onto the keyboard ..... maybe two keyboards per year are cheaper.

mickames
mickames

Hey, Bill, you worry too much. I used to work for the UK MOD and much time and effort was expended on protecting computer equipment when is use by the army. Keyboard covers and washdown kits were the order of the day. Then, one day, I went to get some new tyres for my car, (tires for you lot over the pond), and went in to "the office" to pay for them. On the desk was a quite old PC. I looked at the keyboard. It was caked in oil, grease and tyre debris, dust from the operators' fingers. I asked, "How old is that PC?". "I don't know exactly", was the reply, "but it's years old". "How often do you clean the keyboard or how often do you change it?". "I don't think it's ever been cleaned", came the reply, " and it's never been changed to my knowledge". These things are more robust than we think. Another example, last week I went for my early morning swim, as I always do on weekdays. As I got up to my waist whilst walking into the pool I felt something in my pocket. Horror of horrors, it was my mobile phone, (cell phone over the pond). For two days it was dead. Then it started to come back to kife and after three days it was working again. It went through a phase of doing odd things, I grant you, like randomly selecting digits as if I were entering them. But now, just about a week later it's working. I wouldn't reccommend throwing coffe, tea, coke, noodles etc. over keyboards, but they really are more hardy than you believe.

jaythom1969
jaythom1969

Anyone can create pic's like that in a matter of a couple hours. These are obviously old but it's staged. I get the idea, but those who need their pc's for real world functionality just don't go quite that far. Not those who need them..surely not..

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

I've seen most of these and many worse. You don't do a lot of end-user support, do you?

voltorsfury
voltorsfury

Can I use some of those pics for my pc repair site?? lol

voltorsfury
voltorsfury

She could not wait 10 minutes for the next post, it had to go asap!

Bob Miller
Bob Miller

"There are two things that have no limits. The universe and stupidity and I'm not sure about the universe."~~Albert Einstein.

Mountain Air
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My brother used to fix encrypted teletype machines at the Pentagon in the 70's and 80's. He had one call to fix a stuck keyboard. He fixed it by dumping out about a dozen dead cockroaches from under the keys. As he was packing up to leave, the teletype operator asked him what he intended to do with the roaches. His reply was "they're your roaches, do what you want with them."

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas like.author.displayName 1 Like

The floor in front of the toilet seat? Seriously?!? That's not sanitary - even in Switzerland!!!

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

...if it was in her lap! :0

Slayer_
Slayer_

If I had a tablet, I'd use that. This one hotel I was in, the wireless only worked in the bathroom.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas like.author.displayName 1 Like

Because that's what the person in the pic did... and yeah, it's probably the ladies' room, but how far does that go to reassure?!?

JCitizen
JCitizen

My sides are splitting STOP! Please! :^0 :^0 !!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Slayer_
Slayer_ like.author.displayName 1 Like

Works really good with my new laptop that doesn't have any bottom vents, so nothing grabbing the leg hair.

mhall
mhall

She hasn't yet begun to know the depth of her problem. Wait until she tries to reattach the keycaps!