Pretty and funny pictures

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    Focus Guest

    Focus, Mar 5, 2008
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    XxYyZz Guest

    Thanks for posting that. One little critter can do alot of damage. Looks like
    alot of those printers would be more expensive to repair than replace.
    XxYyZz, Mar 5, 2008
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    Doug Jewell Guest

    I've seen some nasty damage caused by critters.

    During a mouse plague we had countless printers and
    computers come in with mice damage. The usual damage was
    crap and piss over circuit boards. Usually a clean would get
    them working again. Occasionally we'd replace mainboards,
    video cards etc - generally pretty easy money.

    The worst one though was a custom computer that was used as
    a controller for a grain mill. This was a customised machine
    that couldn't be replaced as the source had gone out of
    business. To replace it would pretty much require the
    company replace their entire mill - apparently running into
    the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    I repaired it once because of mice damage - because it
    couldn't easily be replaced, I had to fix a few PCB tracks,
    so a bit more involved than the typical repair. I should add
    that they brought me the circuit board - I didn't repair it
    in-situ because it was an integral part of this mill.
    They got it back, and rang me about a week later saying it
    wasn't working - could I come out and look at it in-situ
    because possibly I hadn't fixed it properly.

    I went out onsite, and first thing I noticed some gauze had
    been gaffa taped over the vents. They identified that these
    were where the mice had got in previously so blocked them so
    mice couldn't get in. Great idea. Opened it up and
    immediately the source of the problem was clear. They had
    blocked the vents, but unfortunately about 2 dozen mice were
    already in the machine. Some of them had died and had
    started decomposing. With nowhere to go and nothing to eat
    except insulation, components, and each other, they had made
    a hell of a mess of the inside of this computer.

    Repairing it became a long, tedious and smelly job. Had to
    re-engineer parts of it that were badly damaged. It was
    horrible, long after it had been cleaned you'd hit a solder
    joint and the horrible acrid smell of burning mouse bits
    would fill your nose. Eventually I got there with it. The
    excercise was very expensive though, so ultimately
    encouraged them to upgrade their equipment to something that
    would be more serviceable.
    Doug Jewell, Mar 5, 2008
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