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What's the Worst Tech Disaster You've Ever Suffered?

What's the Worst Tech Disaster You've Ever Suffered?

Recently a quarry worker in South Korea was found dead with a melted phone battery in his shirt pocket. He also had a broken spine and ribs as well as heart and lung injuries, but his death was initially blamed on an exploding cell phone battery.

Predictably, the National Institute of Scientific Investigation found that the injuries the man suffered were too substantial to have been caused by a battery explosion, but the fact that they could have been responsible for the man's death got me thinking.

I've honestly never suffered a major tech disaster, so I am always a little shocked when I hear news of iPods catching on fire in people's pants or exploding laptops. It's scary because we assume our devices are safe and tested so we don't expect anything dangerous to happen to us while using them.


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rachelto rachelto 9 years
here are a few: i dropped my cell phone in the can. i splilled wine on my laptop and fried it, my brother's stupid dog tipped over my laptop - broke it and then my brother laughed at me and said it was my fault - the creep, my hard drive died and i was not backup. i know this will happen again. this will look like selling but its really not. i really use outlook for school and work. my dad has me on his exchange server with for outlook and for my emails. this way no matter what i do not loose my life its all. links my cell phone and lap top to which is cool.
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
My computer has crashed before, but nothing life threatening...
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
My worst tech disaster was at work when our network computer crashed and we lost all of our work. When we got a new one we had lost like a month worth of information on Quickbooks (our accounting software) and i had to re-enter all of our deposits, checks and invoices for the prior month for two different companies. It sucked it was so time consuming. Now we have a company that does back ups off site.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I don't think I have ever really suffered from a tech disaster!
princessangry princessangry 9 years
My mother doesn't like computers, she plays solitaire and that's it. When I was doing my A-Levels I had all my coursework on our computer. One day I turned it on - and it was ALL gone! I nearly threw up. My ma had unplugged the computer while it was on and EVERYTHING had been wiped. Nightmare. I bought myself an ibook about 2 years ago but sadly it had one of the batteries that needed to be replaced. It's been perfect ever since though! *Touch wood*
BrennaK BrennaK 9 years
My hard drive in my computer blew up!!! I was in my final semester of college...and i lost a TON of work....I had to stress even more than I was and redo everything... Moral of the story: always back up your work!!!
nitronat nitronat 9 years
My HP laptop overheated...and its hard drive failed...all at the same time.
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 9 years
I spilled a glass of ice tea on my laptop!
tigerfire21 tigerfire21 9 years
um, yeah, my cell phone's posessed and it locked me inside a closet for about three days before i managed to cut my way out with a chain saw. just kidding!
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
Ive had a pc go berserk. And one's power supply die. The latter i totally fixed.
mblab mblab 9 years
Nothing exciting like fires or anything, but I once had a weird experience with a computer. I got an eMachine, great deal at Sam's Club. I powered it up and had at it for about a month, no internet or anything, just turned it on and off, wrote a few things on Word, and a ton of solitaire games. A month of that and it up and CRASHED! Later realized it was probably because it was running ME, but after lots of phone calls talking to Dell and the factor reset CDs I got it functioning again. It was amazing getting rid of that thing and getting a new computer!
booe1104 booe1104 9 years
My laptop screen fell off and then Best Buy replaced my laptop with the same one, and surprise, the same thing happened.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
At my first design job, I had to reformat and reinstall everything on my teal G3. Also at that job, I had a Jaz disc go bad and lost all the data on it. :(
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 9 years
I had a Dell Laptop. Need I say more? D:
hothamdreyfuss hothamdreyfuss 9 years
I dropped my beloved Cell Phone in a public toilet....
Random2 Random2 9 years
Right before term paper season last year the mother board on my computer died. And the kind my computer used was no longer made. I did end up getting a new computer at the end of all of that, though.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 9 years
SkinnyMarie- that happens to my ipod all the time, if it happens with your new one. let it turn off (it is actually waiting for the battery to die) then you plug it into your charger. and it should work just fine.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
My boyfriend and I have gone through four chargers for our ibooks and now macbooks. Three melted, and one died when the ibook was knocked to the floor. I've lost an ibook because my dad accidently kicked it off the couch. I've had two faulty logic boards, and one time I lost almost everything on my computer. Now, I back up all files twice- to my Lacie drive and then to dvds.
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
- Back in the days of Windows 3.1, I accidentally deleted My mom had to take the computer to the tech support guys at her office. (I was around 12 I think...) - About 15 years ago we had a 28" CRT TV delivered. It weighed something like 150 lbs. On the front step, the delivery guys dropped and smashed it to bits. Luckily it was replaced free. - My computer was failing to turn on -- about half the time -- for some reason. Then suddenly I turned it on and got the message "No operating system found." Kyaaa! What does that mean?!? I took it to a shop and they got it working again, half the time, but it was months before I figured out that a defective hard drive was to blame. - I once accidentally reformatted my 2nd HD with all my media backups on it while trying to reinstall it (it was a large drive and needed special drivers or something). 180GB... GONE! Nothing totally essential but a huge pain in the butt. - I've dropped my Zen Micro about 10 times, but it still (mostly) works. The first time I dropped it, though, about a month after I bought it, I broke the radio... and the little sticker that was supposed to prove I didn't open it for warranty purposes. I swear I didn't open it!! (Until later at least. Heheh.)
mcreverie mcreverie 9 years
this isn't really that bad but its just funny - i flushed my cell phone down the toilet
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
My first Ipod (3rd gen?) for some reason wouldn't turn off and was frozen. It was getting really hot, so I took it back to the store and of course then it turned off. But it wouldn't turn back on. Luckily they replaced it with a newer one. Free IPOD! KitKatherine, You do have the worst luck. I thought I was bad with spilling stuff. I did spill pineapple banana orange juice on my work laptop recently. Only the enter key doesn't work. Go figure.
doucettr doucettr 9 years
my ibook died. It was like losing a loved one. I balled my eyes out
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I washed my iPhone in my pocket. Not! I just thought I did. I've never been so panicked in my life. I also didn't know I could move that fast and manage to avoid everything in my way with gazelle-like grace while running to the laundry room.
stefsprl stefsprl 9 years
Oops! Sorry, I don't know what happened above...I meant to say my Dell is still trucking along!
stefsprl stefsprl 9 years
Nothing ever too tragic...I ran over my cell phone one time in college (it had slipped out of my pocket and I didn't know). And my old laptop just decided to stop working one day. Luckily, I had a computer science major friend who was able to fix it for me, but I still lost everything that I had saved. It sucked, but I had back-ups of everything on my personal account drive at school, so I was covered as far as school-related documents. My hubby, though, has had terrible luck with Mac hard drives...his macbooks (2 different ones) have crashed a total of 3 times. I've wanted to get a mac, but I admit I'm deterred because he's always having to go to the Apple store to get his fixed, and my little old D
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