My best friend, Chuck, purchased a new portable computer for his job. He travels
a lot, and needs to have all the important information at his fingertips.
Unfortunately, in installing all the software an insidious new computer virus
was also installed. This new virus randomly inserted profanity and scatological
references into his printed copy, but didn't display them on the screen. Since
Chuck trusted his Spell Checker software, he never proofread his copy, and in
short order he'd insulted most of his friends and all of his business
When one of his more outspoken friends finally brought the situation to his
attention, Chuck was very humiliated and became extremely depressed. He then
developed an irrational desire to punish his computer, and he tried several
methods to punish his computer for the grief it had brought him.
First, he attempted to cause corrosion of the power supply terminals by
sprinkling them with sodium and calcium chloride from highway deicing barrels.
Next, he scraped away the solder joints from the board. Finally he threw the
whole system out the eighth floor window of his hotel.
Poor Chuck's actions were reported to the Computer Protection Services. The next
morning, he was arrested and charged with . . . a salted battery, breach of
contacts, and making an obscene clone fall.