Dirty PCs: How much filth can you take?
The horror, the horror
Ventblockers II It's been a tad over a year since our shock insight into the darkest and most fearsome interiors of computing hardware, and by our reckoning that's just about enough time to recover from the trauma.
Accordingly, we're inviting contributions for "Ventblockers II", so let's see if you lot can match this further collection of horror which has crawled into the Bootnotes inbox over the last 12 months.
First up, here's one from James Dore, who explains that it's "a machine acting as a firewall that was in the cellar of a building we were having refurbished".
The builder's foreman said: "No worries mate. We'll cover it in plastic sheeting, and it will be fine."
Well, it wasn't fine as you can see.
Next up, a couple of dusty snaps from Anthony Giagiarno:
oh GOD, the smell!!!
This is all very interesting, and I've seen many at least equal, but it doesn't really convey the awfulness of opening a computer that has sat inches away from a heavy smoker for many years, the nauseating, nostril clogging stench. It also doesn't convey the disgust at the texture, its not just dust, its sticky, cloying, revolting. After having one of those in the workshop the stench lingers for days. What you need is smellovision and feelovision.
Re: Smoking and PCs
Many years ago when I was starting my PC support habit I had to fix an old PS/2 (the IBM type, not the Sony one) that had been on the desk of a heavy smoker. I took one look inside and refused to touch it - several inches of brownish tacky sludge covering everything inside the case. Even back in the early 90's it was agreed by all that this was a health hazard..
He ended up having a new PS/2. And smoking at the desks got banned shortly afterwards with the company setting up a cancer cabin for the addicts to go and smoke in.
That last pc...
....was used for web-surfing...
@AC 21:18, Re: Except
""Don't use a standard air compressor ... They typically don't have filters on them" - the one in the paint shop will."
Except the dude/tte running the paint-booth won't allow anyone with a dusty old computer anywhere near the place.
""don't crank the PSI" - not a problem as long as you keep the blowgun at a sensible distance."
Are you aware of the phrase "human nature"? Far fewer problems my way ...
colour CRT TVs this is; the ones that came from a smoking household and had been on 12 hours a day for a few years tended to grow sticky tendrils about the back of the tube and over the HT portions of the PCBs. A vacuum cleaner and brush would only ever be partially successful at removing it before you had to start working on it. Trike was the best stuff for getting it off.