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I once put magnets on my brothers collection of ZX81 cassettes, so when he attempted to play them, they were full of errors and yet apparently undamaged. Can you beat that? Tell us your tales of petty sabotage.

(, Wed 4 May 2005, 10:59)
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My failed attempt at anarchy
Downloaded the Anarchists Cookbook, or something claiming to be called that, back in the days of pirate BBS and 33.6k modems. One devious scheme involved dismantling a 3-1/2" floppy disk, filling it with match heads and nail polish remover, then putting it back together. The idea was that when the disk began to spin, the match heads would spark, the polish remover would ignite, and the computer would be destroyed.

Nabbed a disk from a fat bastard everyone hated, performed the surgery, and slipped it back to him the next day at school. I was in computer class when he put it into the machine. There was no explosion, but the disk, which had become sticky from the polish remover, refused to come out of the drive. When the teachers managed to get it out, about half of the label remained in the drive.

I suppose it was a success, since they needed to replace the machine. But they didn't blame fatty for it, and he never burst into flames. Pity that.
(, Sun 8 May 2005, 18:07, closed)

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