April 27, 2007 8:01 AM Subscribe
Can my computer kill me without warning?
posted by DU to technology (45 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In Cryptonomicon, there's a scene where a hacker sets up someone's computer to overdrive their (CRT) monitor, causing it to explode and send glass shrapnel into their eyes, brain, etc. Ever since then, I can't use a CRT-connected computer without thinking about it. Particularly the monitor I have at home, which makes these loud clunky clicking sounds whenever it switches modes, comes out of screensaver or turns on. Sometimes I even squint and cover my eyes, even though I know this is probably not very likely, if it's even possible.
I haven't been able to find anything about this online and sometimes the absence of evidence IS evidence of absence.
I would like to get an LCD (not just for this reason--I'm far from debilitated by this) but they are still too expensive.