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Step-by-Step Computer Destruction

CmdrTaco posted about 11 years ago | from the i've-been-doing-it-wrong-all-these-years dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 296

Unixrevolution writes "Dan's Data has an excellent article on how an enterprising user (or repair tech) can easily destroy their computer. Most of us don't destroy nearly enough hardware, so this should be helpful."

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Wellll welll, (3, Funny)

panxerox (575545) | about 11 years ago | (#6893381)

IT's gonna love me when they come in on monday hehehe.

Moderators, HELLO!!! (1, Offtopic)

Mjlner (609829) | about 11 years ago | (#6893906)

How can the parent be "Offtopic"???

IT's gonna love me when they come in on monday hehehe.

It should be modded "Funny"!

easier way (5, Funny)

I Want GNU! (556631) | about 11 years ago | (#6893392)

Post a link to it from Slashdot.

Or tell hackers that it is the most secure computer ever.

From the article: (0, Troll)

parkanoid (573952) | about 11 years ago | (#6893408)

Originally published in Australian Personal Computer Magazine, January 1998.

Last updated 20/02/03.

Very timely indeed.

Re:From the article: (1)

geekster (87252) | about 11 years ago | (#6893457)

Can't you just skip to the next article?

Re:From the article: (1)

canajin56 (660655) | about 11 years ago | (#6893539)

There might not be something to complain about in the next article ;)

Re:From the article: (2, Insightful)

1u3hr (530656) | about 11 years ago | (#6893893)

Very timely indeed.

Blast from the past:"If the computer is an 80486-based system, the Central Processing Unit (CPU) can be plugged into its socket in more than one way....Inserting Single Inline Memory Modules (SIMMs) should be relatively simple..."

Start by defraggling your hard disk (4, Funny)

millette (56354) | about 11 years ago | (#6893411)

Here are step by steps instructions for that: []
You should only have to do this once :)

Re:Start by defraggling your hard disk (1)

tsa (15680) | about 11 years ago | (#6893592)

Mod this up, I haven't laughed so hard about something nerdy in a long time!

Slashdotted? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893813)

Maybe it isn't, but I can't load the page :(

Here's the Google cache:
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Re:Start by defraggling your hard disk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893903)

You have Fraggles [] on your disk?

So That's How Its Done (5, Funny)

The Gardener (519078) | about 11 years ago | (#6893412)

And here I was using the arc welder.

The Gardener

Re:So That's How Its Done (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893642)

I always love it when major computer rags tell folks to vacuum their machines out.
Morrons why do they think service vacs have grounds built into the hose.
I flamed the writer of an Inquirer article on computer cleaning about this.
Did I get posted in the Inquirer as some flames do NO. The morron was telling people how to destroy their computers.
Vacuum out your machines please! I need more work!
Run that Hoover around on the carpet a little before vacuuming out your computer so as to build up more static. The more components I replace the more money I make.

Steps: (4, Funny)

TCM (130219) | about 11 years ago | (#6893413)

1. take hammer

2. apply to computer

Re:Steps: (5, Funny)

K_J_Raine (622906) | about 11 years ago | (#6893586)

You forgot step three: 3. Repeat as necessary

Re:Steps: (4, Funny)

MuParadigm (687680) | about 11 years ago | (#6893694)

This is not as much fun as flamethrower.

Re:Steps: (2, Funny)

Glyndwr (217857) | about 11 years ago | (#6893723)

4. Profit!

Re:Steps: (1)

Pig Hogger (10379) | about 11 years ago | (#6893750)

Nothing beats a speeding 4000 H.P. locomotive at 100 km/hour, pulling a 10,000 ton freight train.

I can do it easier (5, Funny)

The-Bus (138060) | about 11 years ago | (#6893428)

Spend time destroying a power supply? I just take it to the daycare and let some 3 year olds have at it. They're at it with eating utensils, watering the motherboard, putting peanut butter sandwiches in the disk drives, throwing the sound card -- it akes about 10 minutes for the damn thing to be obliterated.

Sure, you lose a few lives when the cute little tots start putting forks inside the power supply, but that's the price you pay for progress.

Destruction? In my house it's easy (5, Funny)

ralphart (70342) | about 11 years ago | (#6893434)

...I just turn the computer over to my wife...

Re:Destruction? In my house it's easy (5, Funny)

ralphart (70342) | about 11 years ago | (#6893486)

...Just kidding, dear!

Re:Destruction? In my house it's easy (5, Funny)

s.d. (33767) | about 11 years ago | (#6893870)

...Just kidding, dear!

You managed to meet, and then marry, a woman who reads Slashdot?!

Re:Destruction? In my house it's easy (4, Funny)

Apiakun (589521) | about 11 years ago | (#6893914)

Which begs the question: was she the only one?

Re:Destruction? In my house it's easy (1)

whiteranger99x (235024) | about 11 years ago | (#6893793)

...I just turn the computer over to my wife...

You better be careful about what you say about said wife, she may end up breaking it alright...square on your head! Women scare me like that :P

Destruction?In my house it's easy-Martial bliss (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893807)

" ...I just turn the computer over to my wife..."

And she'll turn the kitchen over to you.

Re:Destruction? In my house it's easy (3, Funny)

jmbauer (650575) | about 11 years ago | (#6893829)

I told my husband back when we were engaged that he wasn't going to get a domestic goddess. But I have turned into 24/7 tech support ...

Reminds me of... (3, Funny)

awx (169546) | about 11 years ago | (#6893441)

...Notlikethis [] :D

Supplies (0)

Luigi30 (656867) | about 11 years ago | (#6893449)

All you need to destroy a computer is a supply of the following:

1 Ball-Peen Hammer
10 Gallons of Water
1 Toaster
50 Liters of Liquid Nitrogen


Saw this link to the side of the page.... (2, Funny)

TyrranzzX (617713) | about 11 years ago | (#6893458)

No telling how YOU might be a PSYCHOPATH!!!

Looove it!
I prefer the sledgehammer method, you may however want something more radical, like a shotgun, 9mm, or my personal favorite, use it as a noisemaker and tie it to the back of the couple's wedding limo.

St Anger sucks (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893459)

St Anger sucks

Slow News Day I see (0, Redundant)

nurb432 (527695) | about 11 years ago | (#6893462)

Destroy PC = Apply Hammer. Deposit in dumpster.

Or if you live in the country: apply 12 gage, then trash can @ curb.

Re:Slow News Day I see (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893576)

PC = new ExpensiveEquipment();
PC.ApplyHa mmer(Mainboard);
PC .RemoveRam(); //always good for something
&PC = new CarFrontBumper(100mph); //Hold on, not sure what this will do.
delete PC();

Re:Slow News Day I see (1)

DuSTman31 (578936) | about 11 years ago | (#6893633)

Destroy PC = Apply Hammer. Deposit in dumpster.

Are you casting aspersions on the reliability of AMDs new line of processors?

Meh (4, Interesting)

JayBlalock (635935) | about 11 years ago | (#6893469)

That's nothing. Anyone who's worked tech support before has heard (or, heh heh, DONE) worse. I'd be REALLY impressed if he could give us directions on destroying an IBM Model M keyboard. I've had mine for a decade and still haven't managed to even dent it.

Re:Meh (2, Funny)

JanneM (7445) | about 11 years ago | (#6893659)

Spill coffee in it, repeatedly, over a period of five years. :(

Re:Meh (3, Funny)

realdpk (116490) | about 11 years ago | (#6893747)

Do like I did...

Spill juice on it, and then try to dry it out quickly by turning on the wall heater (similar to a space heater) in your apartment and lean the keyboard up against it. Make sure not to check on it periodically. In about 5 minutes it should be pretty well melted and half of the keys useless.

At least I found a cheap replacement on eBay... heh.

CD-Rs (4, Informative)

T-Kir (597145) | about 11 years ago | (#6893471)

Although I haven't RTFA yet, I find the best way to get rid of data on CD-R's isn't to erase it (which can take as long as a full writing session) but stick it in the microwave for about 5 seconds (just before the lighting effect happens).

If you do this though, best ventilate the area afterwards!!

Re:CD-Rs (3, Funny)

Minna Kirai (624281) | about 11 years ago | (#6893625)

I find the best way to get rid of data on CD-R's isn't to erase it

Good, because a CD-R cannot be erased.
Maybe you're thinking of the more advanced CD-RW media.

Re:CD-Rs (1)

MuParadigm (687680) | about 11 years ago | (#6893799)

Whether it's a CD-R or CD-RW, I really think sufficient microwaving can "erase" it.

No one actually said anything about being able to re-use it.

I suppose you're right (3, Funny)

T-Kir (597145) | about 11 years ago | (#6893843)

Oh, I wondered why Nero wouldn't erase my CD-R Media :-P

Yes I see your point, maybe I should have written 'recordable CD/DVD orientated media' instead of me using a bastardisation of the CD-R term.

Either way, If you open the microwave and put in your 'recordable CD/DVD orientated media' into the said microwave. Close the door, set to maximum power and set the timer for 5 seconds (based around a 700watt microwave) then turn on microwave. When done, open microwave and the media should be unreadable (even if you couldn't erase your CD-R/RW, DVD/-/+/R/RAM, CD/DVD-ROM or any unmentioned media in Nero or your burning software of choice).

I might have missed some details in my instructions for you, or that incorrect usage of grammar and spelling might have occurred... or that (God forbid) I might have used technical terminology incorrectly. But I hope that I got my point across.

Just in case someone asks, I'm in a half playful, half sarcastic mood at the moment. Hence the tone of my post.

Give it to my bosses son for a weekend! (3, Funny)

Angry White Guy (521337) | about 11 years ago | (#6893481)

Three damned days with a new $3000.00 Dell laptop and it's buggered so bad it won't connect to the Internet.

Give him a week and you'll need a soldering iron to put it back together.

At school... (4, Informative)

RainbowSix (105550) | about 11 years ago | (#6893484)

At Carnegie Mellon University there is a stairwell called Architect's Leap, and a common pasttime is to Leap old monitors by dropping them from the top story. It is usually fairly effective and equally satisfying.

That's not all they drop... (1)

jDinK (638269) | about 11 years ago | (#6893730)

A few years back I remember seeing things like a whole ham thrown down there. Then one day I think there were several old monitors. You never know what to expect.

self-destruct? (-1, Troll)

wyzemoro (537673) | about 11 years ago | (#6893490)

if u wanna destroy ur PC... its better u donate it.. or something.. if u wanna destroy it for the sake of.. err? i dnt knw.. go to mental?

write a perl script.. self-destruct? bwahaha. i dnt imagine.. messing with my files... anyways to the freak geek, good luck destroying your computers. god will always be in your side.. and ask for a new unit of computers then destroy again. :P

Memories... (5, Funny)

lateralus (582425) | about 11 years ago | (#6893494)

When I was 5 I decided that the floppy drive of our C64 was thirsty and promptly poured a half liter glass of Coca-Cola into it.

Children are a joy.

Cruft (1)

wideBlueSkies (618979) | about 11 years ago | (#6893515)

I don't get it.

Overtighten you screws, pour cola on your mainboard, chew something and create crumbs....

Why is this news? This kind of stuff stopped being funny sometime in 1995. So even if it WAS published in 98, it was cruft then too.

Tomorrow we'll talk about how to properly destroy an old stereo amplifier.


My Favorite way (1)

windowshater13 (678582) | about 11 years ago | (#6893517)

10 years ago in high school the CS teacher gave us a Garella Bannana Printer. We tied it to the bumper of my car (with a printer cable). The i prosceded to run over speed bumps. After the printer was in pieces, we presented it as a sacrafice. We made an alter to the GODs of Unix. It was around our DEC work station. Just wanted to put my 2 cents in

Re:My Favorite way (1)

LePrince (604021) | about 11 years ago | (#6893623)

10 years ago in high school the CS teacher[...]

You had a CounterStrike teacher ???


Where have I seen this before? (5, Informative)

Seth Finklestein (582901) | about 11 years ago | (#6893523)

This article looks familiar. Perhaps it's because Slashdot linked to it 4 1/2 years ago [] .

Nice work, "editors."

Re:Where have I seen this before? (1)

Idealius (688975) | about 11 years ago | (#6893616)


Re:Where have I seen this before? (3, Funny)

boredMDer (640516) | about 11 years ago | (#6893812)

4.5 years ago? What are you, kidding? Dupes are posted here that were posted in the same day, and you expect them to remember 4.5 years ago?

Re:Where have I seen this before? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893823)

Newsflash! Slashdot reprints article.

Re:Where have I seen this before? (4, Funny)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | about 11 years ago | (#6893848)

Jesus, where'd you get the memory skills to remember something so insignificant from 4,5 years ago? I can barely remember what I did yesterday, let alone what I read on the net 4,5 years ago.

Nice nickname!

Re:Where have I seen this before? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893919)

This article looks familiar. Perhaps it's because Slashdot linked to it 4 1/2 years ago.

OK apart from cudos for remembering something for more than a day (it seems that there are people who DO learn from history), I just find it interesting (in a sad sense) how the comments seemed to be much more "civilized" 4.5 years ago. Oh how times change...

OK, OK, I know... The death of the net is imminent, film at 11

Anonymous Cowards Unite


Just one question... (1) (89920) | about 11 years ago | (#6893946)

is this [] you?

Slow news day? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893527)

A guide on how to destroy a computer..

Very incomplete... (2, Interesting)

AchilleTalon (540925) | about 11 years ago | (#6893536)

no reference on HOW TO use a magnet to erase some useful data on chips.

Defenestrate (2, Interesting)

Sphere1952 (231666) | about 11 years ago | (#6893541)

It's one of my favorite words.

You can also repair a mouse this way. (2, Funny)

tcd004 (134130) | about 11 years ago | (#6893553)

Just follow these easy step-by-step instructions. []


damm (1)

sjwt (161428) | about 11 years ago | (#6893554)

"Originally published in Australian Personal Computer Magazine, January 1998"

hehehe, just threw out ny old APC's too

Monitor (3, Informative)

tsa (15680) | about 11 years ago | (#6893555)

I destroyed a monitor once by giving it an X screen at a far too high frequency. You should try it once, it makes beautiful sounds while it dies...

My own story... (4, Funny)

Courageous (228506) | about 11 years ago | (#6893568)

I was working on my home computer, had it dissassembled in various parts, was doing some testing. Wife called. Handled phone call. Hung up. Now where was I?

*power up*

*puff of smoke*

Oh, yes. The part where I was supposed to put the heatsink on the cpu.



What he missed (3, Funny)

Orion Blastar (457579) | about 11 years ago | (#6893570)

Using an ink pen to remove those SIMM/DIMM memory chips, nothing like breaking off the tip of an inkpen and spilling the ink on the motherboard. Never use anything like a small slotted screwdriver or pliers.

Oh yeah, be sure to clean the CPU and CPU socket with a used toothbrush. Nothing beats the scraping of a used toothbrush to ruin a CPU and CPU socket.

Also make sure that you leave the PCI and ISA cards in partway, don't push down on them just slide them in and then power on the system. Don't even bother putting a screw to hold them in place. Be sure to jerk the case around before you put it back in place.

Also should by some miricle you get the system bootable, always hit Reset or power off before shutting down the OS, so you can kill the hard drive too. Act like the whole computer is your personal game console and just power off right in the middle of running an important program with lots of files open.

PCI not so easy to ruin (1)

pantherace (165052) | about 11 years ago | (#6893776)

I have both intentionally and unintentionally hot-swapped PCI cards in not-rated-for-hot-swap motherboards. Result: like as not the damned things work once plugged in, and not a single one ruined. (this for current stuff all the way back to 1997 era stuff)

AGP on the other hand... zap zap zap (ruined a GF2 that way, it wasn't quite all the way in)

Nah... (1)

Faust7 (314817) | about 11 years ago | (#6893571)

Anyone with so much aggression that they wish to utterly destroy their computer won't have the patience required for the methodical destruction this article describes. :-)

so old (2, Interesting)

Alien54 (180860) | about 11 years ago | (#6893572)

I guess it was time for someone to put the site out of it's misery. Easiest way? Link it from SlashDot.

reminds me of a description I saw once:

  • It makes the cutest little "poof" sound when it goes up in smoke
another one bites the dust

Speaking of Destroying Hardware (3, Funny)

canajin56 (660655) | about 11 years ago | (#6893577)

A friend of mine had a trident VC that belonged to a friend that had stopped working (The VC had stopped, not the friend) and he also had a trident. He figures the bios is blown, so he pulls his bios out and puts it in this other card. Sure enough, the card works fine now. "Alright, he just needs to order a new bios chip" and he puts it back in his card. Puts the card in his PC, turns it on, and...*BOOM!"

He put the chip in backwards, and it actually exploded. I got hit in the cheek with a chunk of microchip.

Unplug the fans. (3, Interesting)

miradu2000 (196048) | about 11 years ago | (#6893582)

My favorite way is to unplug all the fans from the computer, and watch the temperature rise -before smoke comes from inside.. muhahaha. This works better on a 100+ degree day when the heat cannot dissapate that well.

destroying an imac with a sledgehammer (video) (4, Interesting)

htmlboy (31265) | about 11 years ago | (#6893584)

i had the opportunity to take a sledgehammer to a burned-out imac for work this summer. the footage was used in a commercial for the dorm cable channel reminding students that they can get help for their computers before they get aggravated enough to take a sledgehammer to them. but the full video's kind of boring (and a big download), so here's the footage of the smashing: []

if anyone's curious, it felt pretty good.

Re:destroying an imac with a sledgehammer (video) (2, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | about 11 years ago | (#6893699)

you smashed an iMac with a sledgehammer? you are aware there is phospherous in the tube, right? and that people die from it, right?

In the US, about a dozen people a year die from incidents that involve dropping/damaging a monitor.

Re:destroying an imac with a sledgehammer (video) (1)

htmlboy (31265) | about 11 years ago | (#6893732)

yes, i'm aware of the dangerous internals of a crt. note that i'm not pictured in the video. that's because i was wearing a whole lot of protective gear and didn't look like much the (female) protagonist.

Which reminds me... (1)

AtariDatacenter (31657) | about 11 years ago | (#6893597)

If you have an uncooperative vendor who doesn't want to replace a marginal part, I find that a stun gun provides a great deal of benefit. One small application to the device in question, and you've gone from a marginal device, to dead one, with an automatic RMA in your hands.

How to destroy hardware: (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893604)

have it made by a Chinese / Taiwanese company! I'm serious. Their quality is truly attrocious.
I've had the following made by them go snap, crackle pop:

two motherboards (Asus)
several mice
a keyboard
two floppy disc drives
two microphones
two video cards
a sound card
two CD drives
two modems
three monitors
two ram modules
one cooling fan
one PSU
and my faith in Chinese quality control.

I'm never, ever buying any hardware made in China again. I don't care if I have to pay 600$ for the next motherboard, I'm not giving those loose-and-fast Chinese hardware makers one more cent of my money.

Re:How to destroy hardware: (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893808)

Well to the troll-wary modderator who modded that as flamebait, yes I really and honestly have had that list of parts fail in real life. I'm never buying Chinese hardware again. I was sinceer in what I said.
Their quality conrol destroys infinately more hardware than even the most bumbling forgot-to-put-on-the-heatsink technicians ever could.

Re:How to destroy hardware: (1)

whatch durrin (563265) | about 11 years ago | (#6893878)

With such an impeccable record, you may be able to market yourself as a Test Engineer for the Chinese manufacturers.

Funny, I've never had that much trouble.

WHAAAA!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893631)

No pictures, what a bunk article.

Jumper cable connecters (2, Insightful)

Felinoid (16872) | about 11 years ago | (#6893643)

any place you should be using a plug especally into a streight edge connecter (like old ISA bords) use a jumper cable. There is a very good chance the jumper will slip off the power and on to a naboring data connection sending full power into a system that can't handle it for the breaf moment the jumper is connected to both... ZAP.

C'mon, guys! (2, Funny)

Otter (3800) | about 11 years ago | (#6893670)

Not only is this an ancient, ancient dupe but no one has linked to Datadocktor'n's great tutorials on how to defraggle your motherdisc [] (with steel wool) and upgrade your graphics card [] , again with steel wool.

And in the "Not kidding" department there are the ads in the Boston subways for some tech certification school that features a woman in a fleece top and a red fleece hat (like Meg on Family Guy) working on a motherboard. Apparently they misunderstood what the "Red Hat" in RHCE stands for, but I'm glad that's not my system she's working on.

This mentions little meaningful about hard drives (3, Informative)

StandardCell (589682) | about 11 years ago | (#6893676)

Out of all the computer hardware you probably have to destroy, old hard drives top the list for security and privacy reasons. Although taking apart the hard drive is good, it's time consuming and difficult if you have a lot of computers to dispose of. A better solution would be to subject it to the magnetic field of a degaussing coil [] . The magnetic field of course is strongest along an axis that passes through the center of the coil, so making small circles and passing the HD through it should be enough to kill it. This is also handy for the paranoid who are afraid to have their data found to have a smaller version wrapped around a hard drive attached to an alarm mechanism.

Re:This mentions little meaningful about hard driv (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893802)

An interesting bit of trivia. I replaced a hard drive in an AS-400 yesterday. The platters in the drive are made of Glass. Yes, real true glass. Just a short drop onto the counter and I could shake the drive and hear the remains of the platters tinkling around inside

step buy step planet/population destruction (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893692)

that's right. it's only a matter of time/monIE.

who needs so many peepoles anyway. if any more billyonerrors come into being, there just won't be enough excess to go around.

icann see why they're recommending that you destroy yOUR stuff too.

as you can maybe already see, yOUR survival/success is not the least bit dependent on the gadgets of the greed/fear based corepirate nazis, & their phonIE ?pr? ?firm? buyassed /.puppets.

consult with/trust in yOUR creator. more breathing. vote with yOUR wallet (somtimes that means not buying anything, a notion previously unmentioned buy the greed/fear/war mongers). seek others of non-aggressive/positive behaviours/intentions. stop wasting anything/being frivolous. that's the spirit.

investigate the newclear power plan. J. Public et AL has yet to become involved in open/honest 'net communications/commerce in a meaningful way. that's mostly due to the MiSinformation suppLIEd buy phonIE ?pr? ?firm?/stock markup FraUD execrable, etc...

truth is, there's no better/more affordable/effective way that we know of, for J. to reach other J.'s &/or their respective markets.

the overbullowned greed/fear based phonIE marketeers are self eliminating by their owned greed/fear/ego based evile MiSintentions. they must deny the existence of the power that is dissolving their ability to continue their self-centered evile behaviours.

as the lights continue to come up, you'll see what we mean. meanwhile, there are plenty of challenges, not the least of which is the planet/population rescue (from the corepirate nazi/walking dead contingent) initiative.

EVERYTHING is going to change, despite the lameNT of the evile wons. you can bet your .asp on that. when the lights come up, there'll be no going back, & no where to hide.

we weren't planted here to facilitate/perpetuate the excesses of a handful of Godless felons. you already know that? yOUR ONLY purpose here is to help one another. any other pretense is totally false.

pay attention (to yOUR environment, for example). that's quite affordable, & leads to insights on preserving life as it should/could/will be again. everything's ALL about yOUR motives.

take care, we're here for you.

as for va lairIE/robbIE et AL, & their disgusting need to suck up to their corepirate nazi sponsors buy use of manipulation/censorship (see also: the inphalmouse pateNTdead PostBlock(tm) devise) they are their owned reward eye gas.

Some software exists to destroy computers, already (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6893700)

and I believe this software is called Microsoft Windows.

I just found a funny thing, too! (5, Funny)

Bob Cat - NYMPHS (313647) | about 11 years ago | (#6893703)

It's got these dancing hamsters on it. It's really funny. I'm going to mail it to everyone I know. I bet they never saw it before, since it's new to me. I'm so glad I got this interweb thing last week.

5 years from now, I will discover Zero Wing. When I do, I will send it to you.

Why Not... (2, Funny)

evilmuffins (631482) | about 11 years ago | (#6893722)

If they wanted to destroy some computers, why not just put windows on, and then install Bonzi Buddy?

Re:Why Not... (1, Funny)

Diotallevi (688468) | about 11 years ago | (#6893898)

dont forget installing aol, gator, dialers from various (ahem) web pages, spyware, instant msgr's etc

slow agonizing method (3, Funny)

Mabelyne (704976) | about 11 years ago | (#6893781)

Purchase a litre of Muriatic Acid, take the cap off, set it beside running computer. It's a very slow and agonizing death!

Lameness (-1, Offtopic)

Geminus (602334) | about 11 years ago | (#6893783)

This has got to be the lamest story this year on slashdot.

Damn you Thom!!! (2, Funny)

JamesTRexx (675890) | about 11 years ago | (#6893814)

[computers] are totally defenseless, all we need are more people with hammers. -Thom Yorke (Radiohead) [computers] are totally defenseless, all we need are more sysadmins with guns. -me (to defend the servers of course ;-))

Re:Damn you Thom!!! (1)

JamesTRexx (675890) | about 11 years ago | (#6893842)

*note to self* Next time, hit the damned preview button!

Etherkiller (5, Funny)

mraymer (516227) | about 11 years ago | (#6893853) []

I think this would bring down a network quicker than the worst Slashdotting. My favorite is the powered hub, but I think the hard drive killer is nice, too.

Static discharge rare? (3, Insightful)

fpp (614761) | about 11 years ago | (#6893861)

"Unfortunately, static discharge damage is actually a fairly rare cause of computer problems."

OK, what is this guy smoking? Static discharge is certainly NOT a rare cause of computer problems, especially in dry areas. The problem is that it's rarely blamed for hardware problems, because there's no way to tell why a board just "died".

I work as a production engineer on a high tech assembly line, and our service calls due to "dead" boards dropped by 55% after we instituted tight anti-static measures on both the assembly line and in the service department.

Anti-static precautions are not taken very seriously in some computer industries, especially the "mom and pop" stores which sell individual components. I can't tell you how many so-called computer "experts" I've seen handle RAM with their bare hands, and with no anti-static bag.

But but but... (0)

Safrax (697056) | about 11 years ago | (#6893887)

what about the volters? You know, those nifty little cables that have a wall jack on one end and a plug of your choice on the other end. It's very satisfying to plug one of those into some random ethernet port and watch the ensuing chaos.

Software thet destroys (1)

slasher guy (624616) | about 11 years ago | (#6893910)

Wasn't there some guy from IBM that created a (software) program that could destroy your harddrive? That's 1 part done, without even getting out any fysical tools.

stupid article (1)

erc (38443) | about 11 years ago | (#6893912)

I guess Rob doesn't have anything else to do but drive traffic to his friend's sites. This was probably one of the most inane articles I've ever seen on Slashdot.

Wonky 486 (1)

91degrees (207121) | about 11 years ago | (#6893933)

Does putting it in at an angle break it?

I'm sure I must have tried putting a 486 into the socket in the wrong orientation. I tried all sorts of other things to try and break that chip and motherboard (unsurprisingly, graphics go a little bit quirky when you take video RAM chips out while the machine's running, but removing a SIMM or the CPU causes the machine to freeze). As far as I know, the chip still works.

Fastest way to destory your old computer. (1)

CEHT (164909) | about 11 years ago | (#6893938)

Someone I knew bought a new Pentium 4 a few months ago, after he transferred all his files over to the new machine he decided to put his old computer (case open) at the parking lot on a shopping cart. It was a Pentium II with 256 SDRam and 20GB HDD.

The same night, it rained. Go figure!

Use a KVM - hose 2 for the price of 1! (1)

doodleboy (263186) | about 11 years ago | (#6893953)

About the most expensive distruction of computer equipment I've ever accomplished was to realize I'd wired the KVM between my workstation and server wrong and swapped all the cables with both computers running. I honestly had no idea this could be bad, not even when neither machine would respond to the keyboard or mouse. No problem, I thought, I'll reboot. So I did and and both halted with keyboard / mouse errors.


ahhh yes.... back in the old days..... (2, Funny)

AlbertSiegel (607431) | about 11 years ago | (#6893976)

A friend had a great idea while I was out of the room for a moment. He decided he could make the Atari 800 computer work faster and better by moving around the ROM boards.... the computer never worked again...

Another day... he thought if he plugged the AC adaptor from the Atari 2600 into the headset outlet on the TV it would make it louder... and it did for that nice POP sound you can only get when you fry something... the TV never had sound again through either the built in speakers or headset...

I wont even tell you what he did with AV cables, TV, and a video game console to cause a small fire... to this day I still don't know how he did it.....

He managed to fry the AC adaptor on every printer in the computer lab.. I was very angry as this was the only lab out of 5 that had Apple computers.

oh god!!! and what he did to that Macintosh LC!! That new LC!!! I want to cry.......

Mike!! I will get you one day!!

She was hardly enterprising, but... (1)

phillymjs (234426) | about 11 years ago | (#6893977) end user at my last job was quite adept at spilling coffee on her running laptop, amazingly without killing it. Yet she never clued into the fact that maybe the spot on her desk where she kept putting her coffee mug was not the optimal location.

After the third time I had to disassemble and clean that laptop, I considered purchasing a sippy cup [] for her.


redhackt style (1)

MADbull (705032) | about 11 years ago | (#6893983)

you could just do it like this:D x.php
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