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Getting rid of computer bugs

tatiangtatiang Posts: 11,845Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Senior Sous-Chef

My colleague just brought me her laptop to fix because it has bugs. Actual tiny bugs crawling out of the keyboard. Gross! And yes, I get to back up her data and then... what? Pesticide? I dunno... but I'm wearing gloves while I work on it.

I will definitely be less grumpy the next time I come across a software bug. Much preferred.

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  • SocksSocks London, UK.Posts: 12,822Member

    @tatiang said:
    My colleague just brought me her laptop to fix because it has bugs. Actual tiny bugs crawling out of the keyboard.

    Lol ! : )

    Have you tried turning it off and then back on again ?

  • neomanneoman Posts: 813Member

    ha ha that is actually how the term bugs came to describe software glitches ... In 1945 when a real bug, a moth,short-circuited an early computer ... History repeats except the bugs you are talking about didn't cause an issue ...

    A long time ago in my early days of support I had a weird issue ... A user's computer would work fine until around lunch time then after that there would be no network connectivity ...

    After trying to figure out what the problem was with no success I decided to change the network card ... When I removed it and looked inside where you plug the RJ45 cable there was a dead spider squashed in there ... In the morning the spider was moist so everything worked great but after lunch the spider had dried up and that is when the network card stopped working ...

  • tatiangtatiang Posts: 11,845Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Senior Sous-Chef

    Lol @neoman. My favorite story from my job is of an administrator who brought me his keyboard that was dripping wet. "It doesn't work," he told me. He had no idea how it got water all over/in it. I gave him a replacement keyboard and he brought me it a couple days later with the same story. A turned it upside down and a puddle formed on the ground. When I went to look at his desk in his office, I noticed a potted plant. I was able to deduce that he frequently watered the plant and because his desk had a slight slant to it, the water ran right over the edge of the desk and onto the keyboard sitting on the keyboard tray. :)

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  • SocksSocks London, UK.Posts: 12,822Member

    @neoman said:
    A long time ago in my early days of support I had a weird issue ...

    Bugs, actually little creepy crawlies, can often get stuck inside flat screen monitors (Apple Cinema displays seem to suffer the most) and even iPads, plenty of reports of a little shadowy things crawling around the screen, the general advice is to whack up the brightness as monitors can get very hot and cook them to death.

  • floatingwoofloatingwoo Los Angeles, Calif.Posts: 393Member

    Honey, what is that delightful aroma you have on. Oh, thats just the bugs cooking on my iPad screen...

  • RPRP Posts: 1,990Member

    Back in my Apple days I saw some iMacs and PowerMacs that had enough dirt, dust and debris to start a flower garden per machine (crawly things too!). The best was some guy who had an overheating iMac that was full of years of fluff, fur, dander etc. from his home-zoo. His pets effectively killed his machine. Amazingly enough, even though some cat had peed on it more than once, it was the heat that did it in.

  • jonmulcahyjonmulcahy Posts: 10,383Member, Sous Chef

    @tatiang said:
    My colleague just brought me her laptop to fix because it has bugs. Actual tiny bugs crawling out of the keyboard. Gross! And yes, I get to back up her data and then... what? Pesticide? I dunno... but I'm wearing gloves while I work on it.

    I will definitely be less grumpy the next time I come across a software bug. Much preferred.

    Put it in a sealed Tupperware container with a bug bomb or dry ice? That should kill them all I would think

  • tatiangtatiang Posts: 11,845Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Senior Sous-Chef

    Dry ice, eh @jonmulcahy? I'll look into that. I was hoping to avoid toxins.

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  • Braydon_SFXBraydon_SFX Posts: 8,966Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Bowlboy Sidekick GameSalad Employee

    Wow. What a story. You didn't get any pictures, did you? : )

  • tatiangtatiang Posts: 11,845Member, Sous Chef, PRO, Senior Sous-Chef

    @Braydon_SFX I chose not to take pictures. :s

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