Lightning strikes computer modemWhen lightning strikes a computer, charred metal, melted plastic, and burned circuits are the results.
This computer's modem was hit with a power surge during an electrical storm. The computer was protected by a surge protector but not one with modem outlets.
The owner brought the machine to IT Systems Administrator Brad Rowden--who took these pictures.
Photo by Brad Rowden
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Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.