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    The Real Thing

    From a mag I like to read "Computerworld".

    Field technician is on the team deploying new systems to a group of hospitals and clinics where most users are old and not very computer-literate.

    "One day, we were sitting in our office between deployments, going through the help desk tickets forwarded to us," says tech."As we joked about users saying 'keyboard needs to be remapped' and a user who couldn't get a CD out of his 'hard drive', we came across one job that stated a user's PC had started smoking and caught fire. Not entirely believing, we went down to check it out - and actually found a scorched PC case and motherboard in a room that smelled strongly of smoke and burnt plastic. From that point on, we took the users' input slightly more seriously."

    Hehehe... I'm wondering on which PC they submitted the job!!!

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    Re: The Real Thing

    just as well it wasn't in a school, can you imagine a 6 year old knocking on your door to tell you the computers on fire!.

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    Re: The Real Thing

    Dear Sir stroke Madam. Fire, exclamation mark. Fire, exclamation mark. Help me, exclamation mark. 123 Carrendon Road. Looking forward to hearing from you. All the best, Maurice Moss.

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    Re: The Real Thing

    Nice screensaver! :twisted:

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    Re: The Real Thing

    Quote Originally Posted by OutToLunch
    Dear Sir stroke Madam. Fire, exclamation mark. Fire, exclamation mark. Help me, exclamation mark. 123 Carrendon Road. Looking forward to hearing from you. All the best, Maurice Moss.
    I was gonna say that!

    lol

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    Re: The Real Thing

    That screensaver is so realistic.


    That episode of the IT crowd was hilarious.

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    Re: The Real Thing

    Ah, I really need to refresh threads before I post to them, looks like I was well and truly beaten to the quote

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    Re: The Real Thing

    I've had a smoking PC in the past. For some reason the cable to the reset switch was getting seriously hot and giving off quite unpleasant smoke.

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    Re: The Real Thing

    We had a WAP start smoking here, I think that someone had used a wrong power cable for it and it overloaded. The smell hung around for days!

    Love the IT crowd, ep 1 of series 2 was funny as hell.

    BTW, any more fires, better call 0118 999 88199 9119725......................3

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    Re: The Real Thing

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete10141748
    We had a WAP start smoking here, I think that someone had used a wrong power cable for it and it overloaded. The smell hung around for days!

    Love the IT crowd, ep 1 of series 2 was funny as hell.

    BTW, any more fires, better call 0118 999 88199 9119725......................3
    I've had that, it wasn't a Linksys was it?

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    Re: The Real Thing

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete10141748
    We had a WAP start smoking here, I think that someone had used a wrong power cable for it and it overloaded. The smell hung around for days!

    Love the IT crowd, ep 1 of series 2 was funny as hell.

    BTW, any more fires, better call 0118 999 88199 9119725......................3
    That's an easy enough number to remember!

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    Re: The Real Thing

    We had a teacher who managed to plug his laptop power supply into his printer at home. Apparently that one was a bit smoky!

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    Ahhh... I love the smell of fried electronic components in the morning

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    Re: The Real Thing

    I've had a newly installed modem "catch fire". A tantalum bead capacitor shorted out internally and started emitting (probably toxic) white smoke. It was so hot that it was glowing and, at first sight, I thought it was a yellow LED.

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    Re: The Real Thing

    Who's been overclocking network hardware?

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