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We do Real De-Bugging

People refer to problems with their computers as "bugs". This started back in the 1940's when computers were as big as buildings and actual bugs would get stuck in them.

Today, I went back in time with a real bug in the system.

I opened my e-mail this morning and I saw a bug (specifically a spider) on my screen. I reached up to wipe it off and then I noticed:

The bug wasn't on the screen. It was INSIDE IT? I've been working on computers for years and I have de-bugged lots of code and fixed lots of hardware bugs but never an actual bug!

I got out the screwdriver and I gently opened the monitor casing and pryed open the monitor. In case you didn't know, there is a backlight behind the actual LCD screen that creates the images. Light shines through it (like a transparency if you are used to film.)

So I pryed open the space between the LCD and the backlight and there he is! Staring at me! Like he should be there! A puff of "canned air" later he was out and still crawling! Let's say I de-bugged him too.

So now I can say I have truly de-bugged at another level. Let me know if I can help you with any challenges like this.


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