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Tech destruction (photos)

Technology, especially when it stops working, can create a very high level of frustration. While TechRepublic advocates that you properly dispose of your old tech equipment, we're aware that there are times when you'd rather throw it in a lake or smash it into tiny little pieces. Take a look at some tech destruction photos, compliments of the Flickr group called Computer Rage.

Photo credit: TechnoSlayer via Flickr

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53 comments
Peter9009
Peter9009

Surely, there could have been photos of more creative destruction methods ? e.g. hydraulic press as in Terminator, run over by semi truck/apc/tank, etc.

learn4ever
learn4ever

Oh come on! There's something good and pure about destroying an IBM Aptiva with a mini-sledge!!

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

Tired of clicking on next. Isn't there a better way of showing these pictures. Maybe follow eWeeks way.

rquance
rquance

I could have repaired most of this before it was smashed.

normfromga
normfromga

Wow...my CRT WOULD make a good boat anchor...

skhemithat
skhemithat

Oh my God, photo 13 is so funny! I'm literally trying to keep from busting out laughing! It looks like the guy in the photo is pretty desperate to rid himself of that monitor! He's had it Chuckle, Chuckle, As I try to control my desire to let out a great bellow of laughter, but I'm in the school library!

rawlchris
rawlchris

The pictures of the underwater computers are from Lake Rawlings Dive Park in Rawlings, VA. They also have a school bus and a sail boat that you can swim through.

steve.miller3
steve.miller3

The printer beating sceene in Office Space started it all!

coolmark82
coolmark82

This is a big waste. Recycle or reuse.

garyleroy
garyleroy

Shows that political correctness has replaced a sense of humor for most. The photos really aren't all that good, or very creative...I thought there'd be some chainsaw action, maybe a high-speed dynamite blast...but gosh, how it would have offended the wet blankets. I'm pretty sure "lighten up" will only bring more lectures about global responsibility etc., so I won't bother saying that. However, it does occur to me that these "serious-minded persons" should really not be using their computers for such irresponsible and unnecessary activity as viewing these articles. You're contributing to global warming, utilizing equipment that robs from the earth and presents disposal problems, and all for your personal enjoyment...how entirely unnecessary, irresponsible and disgusting!!

apaintz
apaintz

it'll be shipping crated, and sold to The Chinese, or some oter Asian Nations for Pennies a Lb. That's just to stave the Costs of Shipping it over to Asia, where it'll be dumped and picked over for pricey Metals, and other useful stuff. And all the while it'll severly pollute the Air, Earth, Water and Populus, 6 Days to Sunday!

scairns
scairns

Y'know, anyone can take an axe or hammer to a piece of equipment. Others might have access to heavy vehicles and impart damage that way, or squash a power supply in a vise. The really creative among us might try acid etching a disc platter, or drop a case (or two or more) off a really tall building and take a photos of the results But really, WHO REALLY GIVES A CRAP?! A story about a piece of equipment that was damaged, either accidently or when pissed off, and maybe a pic of the results would be worthy of TR. For example . . . "Bloody fkn' keyboard" BANG! [keys fly everywhere.] or Working on a CRT monitor. "Sh!t!" [as a phillips head screwdriver gouges a chunk of skin out of your hand] Drop. Clatter! [As the pieces of a CRT monitor skitter everywhere] . . . . . Not that I've ever seen any of this actually happen . . . . .

rimpac99
rimpac99

If anyone needed proof of man's propensity for violence, here it is. The brutal dismembering of innocent techthings. Brought tears to my eyes.

ian.heaton
ian.heaton

It's a bit pathetic really. Anyone can smash up an old computer, and dumping them in a field or in water is just wrong. I'd much rather see some creative re-use and recycling photos - what could these things be turned into?

LangG
LangG

I am a bit astonished. What is the "tech part" of destroying something? People with such a behaviour are real "junkies" in my opinion, maybe they sniffed the wrong things. Disposal methods could be worth a discussion, ok. Is there no nonsense-limit on Tech Republic?

ianmwells
ianmwells

Some of the pix show irresponsible and possibly illegal disposal methods. A recycle centre would no doubt be a better option that just than just tossing this throw away technology into a field.

Realvdude
Realvdude

Maybe some of this could be considered artful, some wastefull (some still useful Dells), and most of it boring. One of Christian's pics made me envision a geek "American Pickers" show. FYI - the first pic should remind us all of safety first; notice the broken hammer head.

TELECOM TECHNICIAN
TELECOM TECHNICIAN

The underwater picture of the CRT monitors being tethered by their AC cords is interesting.

advcomps
advcomps

this is th most boring series of pics ever on techrepublic

maclovin
maclovin

I guess my opinion wasn't okay. Surely I didn't say something offensive or wrong? ...that I know of?

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Easier to just send it to a recycling center. And if you want to go blast things, the local shooting club works fine.

thomas_mann
thomas_mann

Well that was boring! What a disappointment

Robiisan
Robiisan

See above comments from other TR readers - CRTs FLOAT!

bobdavis321
bobdavis321

Older name brand PC's are needed to work with scientific instruments that require Windows 98 for their software to work. Some even require a ISA motherboard. On the other hand you might want to see what happens when you apply 120 volts to a circuit board on YouTube look for "Slow Motion Circuit board destruction"

techrepublic
techrepublic

It would be both interesting and useful to write an article describing how to construct some gadget from old equipment. Something like that would be worthy of a TechRepublic article. This was adolescent or fratboy nonsense.

seanferd
seanferd

No one left the PSUs in the field or monitors in the ocean. And you know how most electronic stuff is recycled, right? "Irresponsible" doesn't begin to cover it.

StoneSatellite
StoneSatellite

that it wasn't recycled. All I see is some folks having fun. There's nothing to say that it wasn't gathered up after the destruction and taken to be recycled. Wondered when a greenie would poop the party.

drew.mcbee
drew.mcbee

Seriously, though, most of those pics, etc I can live with, but the CRTs at the bottom of what appears to be a pond, is really a problem for me. There are really some nasty components in CRTs - that one crosses the "art" line.

DPeek
DPeek

Would it have been so hard to do a column showing responsible recycling methods and options? I'm not trying to be all "you-kids-get-off-my-lawn!" cranky, but this just smacks of journalistic irresponsibility. Isnt there already enough of that? Seriously TR. You're one more bad article away from the spam filter. Shape it up wouldja?

Stargzer
Stargzer

Uh, yeah, they should float! The CRT is a giant vacuum bottle! A rigid, hollow float without even air. Even gasoline is lighter than water and floats to the top. Now if the CRT had been cracked or holed open so water could leak in, then it would have sunk.

plandok
plandok

The components of the smashed devices contain many toxic elements like lead, cadmium, tantalum, chromium, etc. They are mainly mined in poor countries where workers are paid little and poisoned a lot. Then they are manufactured into parts and assembled into electronic devices in slightly richer countries where the workers are paid poorly, abused, poisoned and locked up. All so we can get stuff cheap. I sure hope those people who smashed stuff inside their houses realise they poisoned their homes and families. I sure hope they disposed of the stuff through a toxic waste program or recycler. Otherwise my world is a little bit more dangerous and poisonous. These elements don't break down or degrade and have a wicked tendency to get into water supplies. Just look around us anywhere, even in Europe, where whole towns and cities have been poisoned by secretive poor environmental practices. A pox on anyone who thinks they are being smart. Why don't you disassemble them into sculptures if you want to destroy them?

apaintz
apaintz

Please, don't waste any Bullets if it's allready "shot"!

jackb14000
jackb14000

People who smash equipment and then toss it in the trash are not helping the problem. It's worth the small effort to disassemble and recycle than do what these pictures show. Especially dumping in the lake or ocean.

douglas.gernat
douglas.gernat

Hopefully my submission will make it up soon so you can see what I'm talking about :)

StoneSatellite
StoneSatellite

kidding. Unless you know those items were not taken to be recycled, how can you make such a claim? What makes you so sure those monitors were left in the water? Irresponsible is accusations without offering up any proof. Seanferd, I'm sure that had the end result of one of those items had been by your hand, you would have cleaned up and recycled. So everyone else is an environment wrecking schlub?

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

smash and recycle, but the Greenies should be after the Mfg. of such garbage rather than after the end users for how we dispose of it there's no excuse for an HDD, Cellphone, monitor, MB, Floppy drive, CD/DVD drive etc. to only last a few months but that's the way they're Mfg. now - with limited usage before they fail ie. I still have old 80386 & 80486 systems that still run, including the HDDs from over 18 years ago but how many of today's systems will still be running in 15 - 20 years

rm.squires
rm.squires

up untill about 2 months ago I had not read a single bad article (I only read about 2-3 a week). now I have read my 5th bad article from TR. I have very little time to spend reading TR stuff every week, now I'm tempted to go else where and cancel my daily e-mails.

santeewelding
santeewelding

You spelled it correctly, at least. Chromium, too.

rshaw
rshaw

Just a bunch of smashed or improperly disposed of equipment. Is there no creativity any more? Remember when Kevin Rose melted a PC on video? What about video from a firing range with someone going full-auto on a printer that they had a personal grudge with. How about dropping a CRT from a building? I can look in my closet and see better stuff than this.

drew.mcbee
drew.mcbee

I was really hoping to see someone douse those piles of PCs with fuel and LIGHT EM UP! That would make an awesome picture - the aftermath of that. The pictures of the flock of geese that fell to the ground from the poison in the skies afterwards might be a little awkward however...

jgerrits
jgerrits

I'm surprised, and shocked that Tech Republic found it appropriate to post these pictures. Throwing hazardous material in our rivers/oceans/lakes is disgusting. Advocating such actions, as you have done under the guise of "humor" is completely irresponsible and downright reprehensible. Jeff Gerrits Unsubscribed

JCitizen
JCitizen

Thanks palmdale3!! ROTFLOL!!! :^0

santeewelding
santeewelding

Except that tantalum is a bitch to weld -- damn near refractory, requiring all one's attention. I keep but a small amount of the alpha-phase on hand, so rarely do I encounter it.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

If so, how are they doing? I used to know them, when I was taking my inorganic chemistry lab courses... can you tell them I said Hi? :)

yooper
yooper

I am totally onboard with everyone when it comes to the irresponsibility of disposing of electronics such as this article. BUT much more has to be done in making recycling more convenient to the average person as it stands now, it's rather difficult at least here in Florida to find someone or somewhere to drop off your discarded e-waste.

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

I don't send anything in that hasn't been smashed first.

jim-mc
jim-mc

It's getting hard to take this website seriously!