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What happens When You Cook Your Palm Pilot 251

Posted by Hemos
from the burnin'-down-the-house dept.
Hal-kun writes "What happens when you put a Palm Pilot in the oven to dry with the warmth of the pilot light, only to have someone cook a Pizza while you were out? Take a look. Stick a fork in it, I think it's done."
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What happens When You Cook Your Palm Pilot

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  • Wonder what it tasted like? Mmmm... Palm Pilot. However, the electronics don't look so damaged... Maybe it's salvagable?
    • by cruiserman (266495) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @01:57PM (#2979764)
      chicken of course, well at least my mother-in-laws chicken.
    • Cooked Palm Taste? (Score:2, Informative)

      by ackthpt (218170)
      Dunno about taste of the Palm Pilot, but I'm sure the pizza tasted like hell (from personal experience.) I hope they tossed it, rather than eat it, burnt plastic residue would settle on the pizza and probably make it toxic, besides just tasting that way.
      • Being stupid enough to leave a Palm Pilot unattended in the oven, I hope everyone in that household had second helpings of the pizza - thus choking on the toxic waste, dying, an earning first place in the Darwin Awards. Evolution - ain't it grand?
  • My boss washed his in the washer, needless to say he never got another one.
    • I used to read Nintendo Power back in the day when 8 bit systems walked the earth.

      One of the soldiers took his gameboy with him to Desert Storm, and it got toasted by a grenade, according to one issue.

      They showed a picture that looked about like that Palm Pilot did - but Tetris was running on it. It still worked! Of course, the screen was really difficult to see, since half of it was burnt off, but at least it did *something*.

      There used to be a gameboy "game" called a workboy, which was basically a PDA. Maybe I should get one of those instead of a Palm. Then I won't have to worry about it breaking.
  • Now thats a good one... Why didnt he just disasemble it and use a hairdryer to dry it out LOL.... Nothing like fried Palm parts :-) Only thing better would have been the microwave
    • A hairdryer could be just as bad... I once used a hairdryer to dry a mouse and keyboard I'd just cleaned... The mouse warped terribly. Kinda curled in on itself, the way a foam plate does when you toss it in a camp fire.
  • by kisrael (134664) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @01:38PM (#2979686) Homepage
    ...and don't mind a little blatant karma-whoring:
    The Palm Graveyard [palminfocenter.com] is dedicated to tales and pictures of Palms that have piloted their way to the choir invisible.
  • by bluestar (17362) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @01:38PM (#2979687) Homepage
    Shouldn't it just run faster?

    Oh, he over cooked it...

  • Give it to Emeril. Then after he does his thing, it will finally be done for.
    -Cyc
  • Gah... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Colin Bayer (313849)
    The nerve of this person, cooking a Palm in an oven!

    Everyone knows you're supposed to barbecue them!
    • by CMiYC (6473)
      I've done it before. Its either that or prop a hairdryer up next to it. If you get the temp in the oven just a little over a 100 it helps dry it (or any other peice of electronics) much faster.
  • Hope they got the service plan. Still nothing compared to what happens to technology in the microwave.
  • Fully intact? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by EchoMirage (29419) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @01:39PM (#2979693)
    Interestingly, the electronics looked to be pretty intact for the temperature it was cooked at, and the screen didn't look too bad. I'd say those Palm VIIx's are fairly resilient. Too bad they're so big.

    This brings up another interesting question, however. Are there "rugged" PDAs that are able to take a beating? I know that Fellowes [fellowes.com] sells a bumper case that's supposed to protect Palms, but how durable are they? Does somebody make a "rugged" PDA?
    • Re:Fully intact? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by iansmith (444117) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @01:49PM (#2979733) Homepage
      There are many rugged PDAs out there. Just look into companies that sell items for "Shop Floor Data Collection" and similar enviroments. They are designed to withstand greasy fingers, drops onto concrete, vibration and other abuse.

      Some shops have so much oil in the air, any paper left in the open becomes soaked completely in 12 hours. Not to mention open air warehouses that can get extremely hot or cold.

      However, nothing is going to protect against extreme heat. You can't keep a closed system cool, and thats what you have in an oven. At least, nothing that will last very long and can fit in your pocket.
    • Re:Fully intact? (Score:2, Informative)

      by oregon (554165)
      The screen will have been ruined though; liquid crystals are very temperature sensitive.
      • Ive lit an LCD on fire before, it still worked after, accept the parts that got the hottest didn't work, and the rest was really distorted
        • Try this with your palm.. Take a magnifying glass, go out to fry ants, wonder what would happen if the beam briefly touched your palm's screen, try.. cry..

          Trust me, it doesn't take much exposure to fry that lcd screen. Granted, I didn't waste my palm but rather an ancient 5$ digital watch.. And this was way back when I was 8 back in the 80s, but still..
    • Yeah, I could do with a toughened PDA too. I use a 2.5 year old Psion 3c, which has been dropped, left in a bag or coat pocket, etc. a few times too many... luckily the outer casing on Psions is slightly rubberized, which must decrease the impacts quite a bit :-)

      So far it's had the connection to the screen replaced, then had the right side of the hinge replaced (both under warranty), and now the warranty's run out and the left hinge is starting to go. Those complicated 3-way Psion hinges (the screen, keyboard/base and battery compartment are all separate and hinged together) are wonderfully clever, but rather too flimsy for my liking... anyone know if the Revo's any better? Or if there's a similarly small palmtop that's actually designed to take a few impacts?
    • I dunno, i still think pen and paper would be the most rugged item you could get
    • Interestingly, the electronics looked to be pretty intact for the temperature it was cooked at,

      It's not too surprising; surface-mount components are attached to circuit boards by applying solder paste, then passing the whole board through a reflow oven [tmworld.com] to melt the solder.
    • What, you mean like these [symbol.com]?
  • Funny (Score:2, Redundant)

    by matth (22742)
    That's really funny. I've actually dried out electronic stuff this way before and it usually does work, as long as someone doesn't come along and try to use the oven hehehe =]. Bet the company wasn't too happy.
    • I had just moved into a new apartment and none of my furniture had arrived but I had taken all 3 car loads of my electronic crap from my x gf. So strewn throughout the floor of the apartment were servers, workstations, and stereo equipment.

      After about three hours of setting up my servers in a walk in closet and using my laptop to send my x a final fuck you letter I went out and bought some cheap mexican beer and quickly became inebriated and fell asleep on the floor with my backpack as a pillow.

      As nightmares of my x rattled in my brain something terrible began to happen in the supporting wall of my apartment. The ceiling became endowed in a matter of hours with a multitude of huge white teets like the roman she-wolf [vroma.org]of lore. Rippling gigantic tits.

      Those tits were the paint holding in excess of a gallon of water a peice, the water main had blown, and my electronics were in 2 inches of water. I dried my electronic outside it was a 110 degree arizona summer and the only thing I lost was an answering machine that sounded like you were underwater when you played anything on it.

      Needless to say I had my apartment upgraded to a better one for free by management and they paid me 2000 dollars to pretty much stop me from calling the authorities. This was a brand new apartment complex and the water main for the entire building ran through that supporting wall and it was only a 3 inch in diamater plastic pipe that had appearently shattered due to the pressure.

  • Okay... (Score:2, Funny)

    by cdrj (556227)
    This would be news if the device actually still ran after melting. "The indestructable Palm Pilots..."
  • by abh (22332) <ahockley@gmail.com> on Saturday February 09, 2002 @01:40PM (#2979700) Homepage
    To the term "HotSync" :)
  • I wonder how my Palm Vx would take it -- the casing being metal and all... no doubt the buttons, the screen, and the internal PCB would be toast...
    • by CMiYC (6473)
      No the internal PCB would probably be just fine. Anything plastic would be melted, such as wires. All of the components on the PCB go through a solder wave or a reflow oven. Those temps are much higher than what you'd be cooking a pizza at.
      • Those temps are much higher than what you'd be cooking a pizza at.

        Actually, no they aren't. Proper pizza cooking should be done at about the same temps. Those frozen ready made pizzas all cook at low temps. I grew up cooking pizza in an oven set at 550F. I don't remember the exact temperatures used in reflow, but I had calculated that a convection oven that reaches 500F would do fine. 250C seames to pop up as a likely maximum temperature.

        • I worked in a pizza place that used stone/gas ovens. We cooked at 425. 550 burned the hell out of the bottom of the dough before the cheese melted.
  • by matth (22742)
    You think the warranty will cover that? =]
    Perhaps a microwave would have been the better way to go. Dry it from the inside out :)
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 09, 2002 @01:45PM (#2979709)
    I hope the pizza didn't get ruined.
  • by fm6 (162816) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @01:47PM (#2979719) Homepage Journal
    I hear that microwave ovens are really great for drying off your poodle after a shampoo!
  • ...consumer protection activist comment
    here:



  • The story that goes with the pics is a bit weird...
    /me thinks it's a hoax.

    Still, great pics !
  • I guess he didn't purchase the Palm eMeatThermometer2.0(TM) attachment. That, plus the optional wireless add-on pack, should have alerted his pager to pull it out of there in time...

    Sounds like a PalmPilot in the hand is better than two in the oven...
  • by Dimwit (36756) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @01:52PM (#2979743)
    Storm: What happens when you cook a Palm Pilot?

    Storm: The same thing that happens to everything else.
  • Soon to be a #11 at a fast food restaurant neat you!
  • I'd be pissed if the pizza came out tasting like plastic. What we need are pictures of that pizza.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    Maybe if we're really good, we can see what a CD of XP looks like if you put it in the microwave.
  • Actually, though... (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    You really can, and people actually do dry out circuits by baking them. If he had removed the LCD, plastic case, and batteries it might have survived.
  • by iansmith (444117) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @01:56PM (#2979762) Homepage
    Using an oven to dry out electronics isn't all that absurd.

    When I was working in hardware design, many IC's that were designed to be wave soldered had to be totally free of moisture. They came shipped in air tight containers with humidity cards to tell you if they were exposed to too much moisture.

    If they were not dry enough, the procedure was to bake them in an oven at several hundred degrees for a while.

    Now, LCD's and plastics and other materials would not be too happy with that treatment. As others noted, a hair dryer will work to get it mostly dry. I'd suggest leaving it in a warm, dry area for at least a day after to make sure.

    I once spilled an *entire* glass of water into an old Comodore 1541 disk drive. The scary thing, is they contained their own power supply. And it was on. After a day or so of drying, it worked fine.

    Not so for the Commodore 128 that took a glass of grape juice (real, not flavored) into the keyboard. Although it was funny watching the keys sloooowly depress in the order you typed them in...
  • What do you think he does when his laptop gets wet?
  • If it's fake or if it's true, it's still a laugh!
  • by sdo1 (213835) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @02:04PM (#2979787) Journal
    Is there anyone that actually thinks this was an accident? This "exec" cooked his Palm so he could get the "latest and greatest" as a replacement.

    I know a lot of people who have done the same thing. Your laptop seem a big sluggish? Drop it on the pavement "by accident"... and bingo... the IT department hands you a shiny new blazingly fast feature filled replacement.

    It doesn't take a genius to figure out what really happened.

    -S
    • Worse than that we had people having their laptops "stolen" and getting replacements. During the last few days of a dot com I was working at 5 or so people (including a VP) had their laptops stolen and replaced with the little operating cash that was left.
    • I don't think he could cover the lost as 'accident' as it's he who put the Palm into oven.

      There are many hi-tech devices were ruined by PHB each year and the number is increasing. It's mainly due to the fact that household kitchen-ware is the only electric devices they could understand how to use. You'll use tools you acquainted with to fix things right? Same thing applied to PHB.
    • ...if you look at the pictures, it is the new one. He replaced his old Palm III with the new one, which subsequently got cooked.

      Anyway, with the budget restrictions curently in effect at most companies, that rule doesn't apply any more. All of the employees where I work have been told, "If your laptop dies, you get a desktop machine." Since most of us already have a desktop machine, that means we get nada if our laptops break. Scary...
  • by Colin Bayer (313849) <`vogon' `at' `icculus.org'> on Saturday February 09, 2002 @02:05PM (#2979789) Homepage
    we've got a new addition for the geek cookbook! [slashdot.org]
  • Stick a fork in it, I think it's done.

    Perhaps you can try giving Meldroc, the person who said it, credit?
    • by MrP- (45616)
      I just had some phlegm in my throat and had to *ahem* it clear, but this was several minutes before your post.. i think you should give me credit for the subject of your post
  • by Rayonic (462789) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @02:06PM (#2979796) Homepage Journal
    Or has anyone else noticed that the most sure-fire way to get an article on Slashdot is to wreck complex electronics?

    Pouring concrete in a PC case [slashdot.org], cooking your Palm Pilot, what's next? Xbox tossing? eBook flushing? Blasting a new iMac with a high-powered laser? Okay, that last one would be cool.
    • cybercide? [milesfortis.com]
    • ...has anyone else noticed that the most sure-fire way to get an article on Slashdot is to wreck complex electronics?

      Or even significantly reduce its usefulness. That way your theory would also explain all the attention given to copy protected CDs and microsoft products. (*smile*)

      -- MarkusQ

  • by Navius Eurisko (322438) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @02:06PM (#2979799)
    if you are putting Palm pilots on pizzas as toppings. :)
  • ... let's your Palm operate with the same efficiency as any Windows-based product.

    Cook for one hour at 375` and soon all system resources will melt into a globulous wad of uselessness ... just like Windows!

  • I wondered why there are so many PHBs believe in kitchen-ware could fix hi-tech devices.

    My friend, an Oracle DBA consultant, was given a difficult task to revive a very old tape which contained very important data. He tried so many methods in vain until he found out the tape manufacturer did provide service to 'bake' the tape. Yes! bake the tape to revive the tape. We don't know how and what they use to bake the tape, but they really said it is some process to 'bake' the tape to make the tape 'readable' again.

    My friend solved the problem. A month later, the same client called, saying that their PHB, in an attempt to save money, baking tapes that he found problems - with (you bet) house oven.

    This time, my friend declined to help(of course.)
    • by Alien54 (180860) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @02:58PM (#2979937) Journal
      This is Legit, as seen here:

      http://www.tangible-technology.com/tape/baking1.ht ml [tangible-technology.com]

      When baked, the tape will expand and become loose around the hub. For this reason, use flanges to protect the tape from coming apart. Cooking temperature is between 130F and 140F. Tapes wound on plastic reels with small hubs should be rewound onto large reels with NAB hubs. Be careful to thread the tape around the hub without any "folds." The goal is to minimize "mechanical distortions" that can be impressed upon subsequent layers causing dropouts. The "wind" must be smooth as if played!!!

      I have received several e-mails regarding "cooking time" and temperature. Provided the wind is smooth, I am not afraid to bake a quarter inch tape at 135F -- for two hours -- flipping every half-hour. You will find that cooking time varies with tape width, type, brand, condition and the number of reels being baked. Ampex tape from the seventies might require twice as much time as 3M tape from the eighties (as reported by Wendy Carlos when restoring her masters from that time period). Table One below can be used as a guide.

      Other links:

      http://www.audio-restoration.com/baking.htm [audio-restoration.com]

      which indicate that this may not be a permanent solution, but is intended for tapes manufactered from the mid 70's forward, which had a tendency to absorb mosture.

      http://www.sospubs.co.uk/sos/1996_articles/may96/s alvagearchives.html [sospubs.co.uk]

      is also good, and indicates that home ovens do not go low enough.

    • Re:Bake the tape! (Score:2, Informative)

      by dkm (42942)
      The USGS Earth Resource Observation System Data Center has an archive of satellite imagery of the Earth from a large number of sensors. They have a specially build oven to bake older (e.g., Landsat MSS from the 1970's) tapes prior to transfering the data onto newer media. I think the baking helps keep the different surfaces of the tape from sticking to each other when they are not supposed to.

      I think the recipe is something like 200 degrees F for 24 hours.
  • My mother always said that bad things would come from Palm abuse...
  • The "wild molten" look...Apple, are you paying attention? heh heh

    Once I had to clean out a calculator that I spilled cranberry juice in, I dunked the parts in denatured alcohol (ethanol or isopropyl with very low water content) which I assumed would clean out the cranberry juice and drive out the water. The calculator (TI85) still works fine today......"teh oven" is "teh bad idea" I think.

  • my aunt dropped her palm vx in the toilet (fell out of her purse) with her cell phone

    Well, she put them in the oven on a cookie sheet on a very low heat and sure enough - it worked

    However, both stopped working over some time. The plus is that the plam was able to sync and was able to be replaced 'under warrenty' and same with the phone

    There was no definate corelation between the water and stop working but I am pretty sure that some things that were exposed to water eventually corroded.
    • I managed to soak my cell phone during the huge floods we had in Houston last summer. I was pushing my car out of the water and forgot I had my cell in my pocket. It was a Nokia 5100 series phone with an aftermarket Lithium vibrating battery. I just left it sitting on the counter for a week and it worked fine. Still works, in fact, same battery and all. I thought it would be much more sensitive but after I recharged it it worked fine. There's a little corrosion on the battery (it has a clear case) but all the water is gone. You shouldn't need an oven, just let it dry by itself.
  • Do you know how to check whether a microwave oven has leakage? I saw an article suggest to put a mobile phone into the microwave oven and call the phone. Because the mobile wave spectrum in the microwave band, if the metal cast failed to prevent microwave passing thru, then the phone will ring.

    I'm not the only one who read the same article. A PHB in another section would like to check whether the pantry's microwave oven has leakage with this method - later he complaint to the columist why he didn't warn the readers NOT to press the 'Start' button.

    May be the columist must make the disclaimer 'People with IQ below 100 shouldn't read the following...'. :)
    • That certainly will not work. The cavity of the microwave oven is not a perfect "Faraday cage" so it won't keep RF out. However, it should be resonant at the frequency that the oven's magnetron uses, so it won't radiate (kind of - it's all very complicated).

      The only real way to check for leakage is to use a proper detector.
  • by sunhou (238795) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @02:36PM (#2979880)
    ...a slice of pizza in his Palm charging/sync cradle, and his roommate hoping he wouldn't notice anything wrong?
  • Today is my daughters birthday. I gave her guess what... a palm pilot.

    Thanks a lot Slashdot. I feel much better now.
  • <STINKY OLD GRANDPA RANT>And it doesn't work anymore? Back in my day, we could get our PDAs wed, burn them, have the cattle eat them, pass them, then freeze them, and they STILL had that new PDA smell! What has the world come to???</STINKY OLD GRANDPA RANT>

    Seriously though that kind of neat. Personally I think that it would be insteresting to find out what fresh-baked Palms smell like. I guess I'll never find out because I don't have a Palm to waste (I don't have one period), and second I have to say I'd be suprised if it DIDN'T put off toxic fumes. My only real question for the guy who's Palm that was is this: how did the pizza taste? Does silicone enhance the flavor? Did you try putting the Palm in a light Bernet sauce?
  • This is really pathetic. I am sorry, but I want to point this out that there are literally thousands of sites out there with pictures and stories of ruined hardware. Why is this one worthy of a spot on the front page? I'm sure a large majority of us have submitted what we considered valuable, informative, or interesting stories, only to get rejected less than 30 seconds after submission.

    Now, here's a guy who was a total numbnut who got his Palm fried.

    Big deal.

    From now on, if you want to get your story posted on /.'s front page, all you have to do is take an axe to some hardware, photograph it, and be like "whoops, I was chopping wood when my PC accidently slid under the blade."

    Wake up, editors.
  • I bought one of the Palm Pilots that came out in early 2000 and had the clear case. I "accidently" put min in the microwave. See it here: http://www.nerdtreehouse.com
  • Like I care about a cooked Palm Pilot. Where's the photo of the pizza???
  • It never ceases to amaze me how many utterly stupid jokes a bunch of geeks can come up with when given a good seed. This has got to be some kind of record. The number of "Funny" ratings is staggering (and yet the number of genuinely funny posts is nearly nonexistant). Someone needs to study this phenomenon.

    To get back on-topic.. (because we can't STAND to read a post that's not on the topic of burnt PDAs in a burnt PDA article.. that would be a waste of TIME!) Yeah, I think burnt PDAs are really cool. Hey, I could.. make a.. ummmm.. burnt PDA.. sandwich. Hahahahaha. Imagine a beowulf cluster of those. roflol.

    Oi..... Son of the bloody monkey.

  • "What happens when you put a Palm Pilot in the oven to dry with the warmth of the pilot light, only to have someone cook a Pizza while you were out?

    Foolish PHB, everyone knows you use a Microwave, not a Gas Oven!

    Some people...

  • This is a classic deception.

    The reality is that he was attempting to overclock that puppy to 30GHz.

    Now let that be a lesson to everyone!
  • By the way, for those of us that live in places where it gets cold a good word of warning to users, particularly laptop folks, is to let their electronics warm up & dry off before using them.

    Leaving gear in the car trunk or wherever, particularly overnight, cools it down to ambient which in Montreal right now is about -10c to -20c at night. Then bringing it into one's nice warm steamy house means condensation on components like the hard drive, some batteries, metal shields, etc. This film of moisture can cause problems like corrosion and shorting resulting in everything from intermittant flakiness to outright failure.

    Thus aside from sticktion and under-spec cold batteries & capaciters & the thermal stress of running a frozen laptop/palmtop it's just best to let the whole thing warm up and dry out before using. In those cases putting on top of the 'fridge (where the warm air from the condensor blows up) or inside an oven with a pilot light AND NOT USING THE OVEN or on a table near (not *on*) a radiator are all actually good ideas.

  • Anyone else wanna take walk into the PHB's office with this thing in a pan, shout out "Lets kick this up a notch! [emerils.com]" and toss on some chopped chillis and cilantro?

  • But...I can't stop laughing. OMFG!!!!!!
  • Lets leave a VHS tape in a hot car and see what happens.
  • by ortholattice (175065) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @03:52PM (#2980067)
    About 10 years ago my wife spilled some Coke (or Pepsi) into the dashboard, and somehow it drained into the radio/cassette, rendering the unit nonfunctional. The dealer and a repairman declared it a total loss.

    Here is what I did to resurrect it.

    I took the radio out of the car and the cover off the radio. I filled the kitchen sink with cold, clean water and soaked everything, cassette player and all, for 1 hour. Drained the water, refilled the sink, and soaked for another 15 minutes (rinse cycle). Finally, I baked it at 160 deg F in an (electric) oven for 8 hours.

    Why 160? I figured a car radio could get that hot when the car was in the sun with the doors closed. I hesitated to go higher, mainly concerned with the plastic parts in the cassette player.

    The radio and cassette still work fine to this day. Yeah, I still own the car - these days only gas-hogging SUVs match the surprising storage space inside of the tiny-looking frame of a 1988 Honda Wagovan, AFAIK made only one year, and only in tan. With plenty of headroom for extra-tall folks.

    • An undersea vehicle I was testing sank. It was recoverred after a wek on the bottom, in seawater. The NAVY crew working with me placed it into a sealed container filled with seawater, and shipped it back to the depot's lab for failure analysis & salvage.

      Keeping it under water was less damaging than exposure to oxygen in the air. When we got it back, they rinsed everything with lots of flowing fresh water. We took everything apart, inspected it with a blacklight (sea-salt flouresces), baked it overnight in an environmental chamber (50C), reassembled things and almost every subassembly worked!

      Cable assemblies took longer. There are lots of nooks & crannies for salt to hide in. They inspected them after a few weeks. Any salt tends to migrate out & beomes visible.
    • by armb (5151)
      > About 10 years ago my wife spilled some Coke (or Pepsi) into the dashboard

      Allegedly the US spec for military aircraft instruments includes being able to resist Coke spillage.

      > I filled the kitchen sink with cold, clean water and soaked everything, cassette player and all, for 1 hour. Drained the water, refilled the sink, and soaked for another 15 minutes (rinse cycle).

      It can be worth using distilled/deionized water for the final rinse.
  • Mr. Dumass?

    How dumb do you have to be to put electronics in the oven? I think he got what he deserved.

  • by quantaman (517394) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @04:52PM (#2980265)
    AMD has announced that they are working on a new line of chips designed to work in Palm pilots and other small personal devices. When asked of their progress an AMD spokesman commented "The initial tests look encouraging although we're still having some problems with the heat dispersement. We've submitted some of the results of the experiment to a "research" group in hopes that they will have some useful insight."
  • Ebay (Score:3, Funny)

    by ruvreve (216004) on Saturday February 09, 2002 @07:03PM (#2980581) Journal
    Ebay, [ebay.com] need I say more. Actually ya I do....people will buy anything!
  • by thumbtack (445103) <thumbtack@ j u n o . com> on Saturday February 09, 2002 @07:06PM (#2980593)
    I've used the heat generated from a TV or more recently my monitor. I'm not talking about dripping wet items, that would be stupid, and you would desrve what you get. But if it has moisture on the inside such as in the screen like the face of a watch that fod up inside. Take out the batteries, remove any covers, open all doors and panels, and place it on you tv or monitior. Leave there for a day or two. We used to tell this to people who dropped their digital cameras into water and it's worked dozens of times. Low grade heat and somewhere for the moisture to go. Of course we would suggest that the camera would need to go in for service immediately to protect it from corrosion, etc. most did they were glad we had saved them the cost of a new camera.
  • by Axe (11122)
    Far more fun is cooking a CD in a microwave.. Try it - set on high for 15 sec.. Loads of fun.

    I also immensly enjoyed spilling cofe on my keyboard, dropping my cell phone, and then stepping on it, and cutting my finger when clipping my toenails. I guess I should dedicate a web site to it.

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