Dumb stuff people do on their computers

By Tedster
Mar 15, 2006
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  1. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    Damn, why didn't I think of that? I've did some very nice crap to unprotected computers in my time, but mostly harmless stuff like mentioned.

    Stuffing things into floppy drives are fun, especially diskettes laced with finely ground matchstick heads (the old non-safety matches). Pretty safe, and probably costs only 5 bux to replace :D. Dangerous part is to grind the heads...

    You can actually pass those laced floppies around. Just tell your friend its a whole list of websites offering free pr0n.
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251

    Man I'm starting to feel Old... real old, all you guys are talking about using Dells and other type of modern,ish, PC's, when I did computer class in school, 1984... It was the BBC Micro, any one old enough to remember that??

    We had 5.25 Inch floppies on them and the Floppy drives gave out so much heat we had to leave the windows open whilst they were in use,

    There was no LAN's and worse still,,, NO Internet, oh and no chance that the kids could mess up the OS, coz there wasn't one :haha:
  3. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    I'm old enough to remember that, my school had about a dozen of them for about 500 pupils. I never learned about pc's at school but had my trusty atari 520ste at home.
  4. rusta

    rusta Newcomer, in training Posts: 20

    Winter cooling

    I ran a 3" flexible hose from side PC fan to window, so the pc fan could suck in some cold air. Worked fine, until snowstorm and snow got in my pc. I saw it and shut off pc immediatley, luckily everything seems to ok.

    [​IMG]
  5. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    niceness! You should post that in the cooling forums. With some stats :D
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,067   +13

    at least it wasn't a garden hose.....
  7. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    Whats wrong with a garden hose? :p

    Given a strong enough fan, the garden hose can be a great way to cool the computer!

    Or maybe change your 3/8" or 1/2" tubing with waterhose tubing :D. Those should REALLY perform!
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,067   +13

    I've also heard of people washing dirty CDs and then putting them in the drives when they're not fully dried off!
  9. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    Lol.

    Washing CDs is generally NOT dangerous (I've done it before, can't remember why, probably spilled something).

    You can even use soap :D
  10. josbd

    josbd TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 289

    Used to use washing up liquid and a (plastic) scrubbing brush on LPs...... remember them? heheheh
  11. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,067   +13

    actually LPs could take a lot of abuse and dirt would get in the grooves.....

    you could use a soft nylon brush on them....

    but CDs scratch....
    spinning water flying off a wet CD in a player is bad news....
  12. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster Newcomer, in training Posts: 430

    But you're losing sound fidelity when there's dust in the LP grooves.

    Why not drying the CDs by putting them at the end of a Dremel? ;-) (Already heard news about CDs cracking in 5000-6500RPM Lite-ON drives, I don't want to see them at 35000RPM! (Hide!)
  13. HughJass

    HughJass Newcomer, in training Posts: 137

    yeah the cd on the dremel is a classic.


    i had a friend who put a cracked cd into his drive, it blew up inside the drive and shot the cover of the drive of across the room.
     
  14. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,846


    Ahh i saw this tested on a great show here in the states called mythbusters. They could not get the drive to shatter the CD. But just for fun they took the CD and mounted it on a Drill. They cranked it up and wow. The CD had so much force that it went to a lethal level into the ballistic gel.
  15. josbd

    josbd TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 289

    Aye.. do you remember what we were promised when cds first came out? You could drill holes in em, spread jam on them etc etc etc and nothing but nothing would damage them................. hmmm
  16. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster Newcomer, in training Posts: 430

    Don't worry, we've got all these shows translated here. (Monster Garage, Robot Wars, Pimp my Ride, Scraphead Challenge, Rides, etc.)

    I don't have cable/sat TV tho...
  17. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,067   +13

    I remember in the 1970s when engineer students at the universities would drop old tv sets from rooftops in insulation to see if the CRTs would break.... similar to the egg drop experiments....

    dropping them without protection was more fun.....

    then again people did all kind of weird stuff in the 1970s....

    like streaking, panty raids...., eating mushrooms......
  18. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster Newcomer, in training Posts: 430

    They did or not????? ('cause CRTs are pretty darn solid, you don't want them to implose for nothing)

    Dumb stuff people do if real life : Throw CRTs in the trash : Just around 1-4 pounds of lead in there! (To prevent x-rays to liquefy your brain)
  19. Nukey

    Nukey Newcomer, in training Posts: 114

    well I threw a monitor into a community dustbin once :eek: oops :blush:
  20. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251

    It can happen, I worked for a PC company near where I live and we had a guy bring back a CD rom with the remains of "Lara croft Tomraider" protruding from the rear of the Drive, when I saw this on Mythbusters, and they busted the myth, I thought, "Should have been with me that day".
  21. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 Newcomer, in training Posts: 351

    just for that... I went and put a cd on my dremel, :evil: it didn't even break apart. I guess i was lucky... I didn't spool it up to full speed though.
  22. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251

    Lucky you , if it can break thorugh a CD tin box imagine what it could do to your jugular vein.....
  23. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    You guys are nuts. I thought this thread was about stupid stuff others did :p
  24. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 Newcomer, in training Posts: 351

    I'm not completely stupid. I had 4 inches of plywood between me and the dremel. It's not like I just held it in my hand... I do take precautions. (at least most of the time)
  25. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,572   +9

    Lol. You think thats enough? What makes you think the CD will prefer to fly into the plywood instead of into your face? :D:D


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