Those of you with long memories may remember that back in March we challenged you to send in your best hardware horror stories
for a chance to win a graphics card.
After much deliberation, we’re now able to announce the two lucky winners that we thought had sent in the most horrifying and heartbreaking stories. We hope you’ll join us in congratulating Cameron Zucker
and Frenkie Janse
, whose entries can be seen below.
Cameron won by providing pictures of an old burnt-out Dell PC, as well as the story that went with them. The PC was a victim of an unfortunate house fire in 2003, and while there wasn't much left of the computer, you can still make out the Dell branding on the side of the case. You can also still see the remnants of the power and USB cables trailing out the back of the tower, and the screen and keyboard's metal frames were still recognisable.
Cameron also explained that he tried to open up the case to see if anything inside had been destroyed in an interesting way, but the panels had been fused to the aluminium body due to the high temperature of this particular fire, and not even the local firemen's Jaws of Life tool could open it, due to its small size and odd angles.
Meanwhile, Frenkie provided us with pictures of an old PC that had tested his patience to the point where he took it down to the shooting range. He didn’t elaborate on exactly why the PC deserved this fate, but not much was left of the machine by the time he was done with it. We just hope he doesn’t take every PC that tests his patience to the shooting range, though, as it’s a habit that could become very expensive very quickly.
We’ll be in touch with Frenkie and Cameron soon to arrange postage of their prizes, and don't despair if you didn't win; we'll be using many of the entries we've had for this competition in the PC Heaven & PC Hell feature that currently resides on the back page of Custom PC
Meanwhile, if anyone else has some hardware horror stories (complete with pictures) that they want to share, then feel free to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org