At least John has some idea of what the offending substance was. Bill Hazeltine didn't offer an explanation of this Compaq interior...
...although he may simply be too shaken to share the truth.
Here's another Compaq hosting a "furry civilization", and found by Brad Barfoot in a remote corner of a hospital:
Hospitals appear to be fertile breeding grounds for computer lifeforms, as Adam discovered in a "healthcare facility" in the States:
I started out thinking "I've seen worse than that", and finished with "holy crap".
What I've learned
It seems that ants are negatively charged - they're all stuck to the positive pin on that capacitor.
And I thought Pratchett made this stuff up!!!
Excuse me kind sir
But you might want to quit smoking completely? If you're disgusted by how the Macbook looks, imagine how your lungs look. It's the same smoke buddy!
RE: I worry more about what the owners of the apartment will do if/when he moves out.
If you ever are in the market for a house, stay away from buying one currently (or just recently) owned by a chain smoker.
Many years ago, my brother bought a house owned by a chain smoker. That guy just sat in the living room and smoked all day long.
The normally silver colored air conditioning vents were a bronze in color, and there was this yellow film plastered over the walls.
We had to industrial strength `Janitor In A Drum` straight out of the bottle (no diluting) to cut through the tar on the walls. The vent grilles had to soak in the same solution over the weekend before we attempted to clean them.
NASTY stuff that nicotine tar.
NOW, you know why I will NEVER date a smoker!!!!!