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#136911 - 09/03/03 09:58 PM The Ultimate Glitch
Fairygdmther Offline
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This morning when I was logged on to get my email, I heard a sound from my CPU tower. As I glanced over toward the glass wall on the side, I saw a tiny lizard drop to the bottom of the case. WTF? I quickly shut down the PC, not wanting to lose anything if a certain little lizard decided to walk across the motherboard on my new PC. I do have to explain - I live in Florida, and these things are everywhere! There are probably ten for every square yard of lawn. They get into your house, no matter what you do. And they run so fast, you can't catch them. I know they eat insects, but I'd rather not have one debug my PC, thank you very much.

I thought up all kinds of ways to drive him out - like putting a small amt of bleach or ammonia on the bottom of the case, but I was afraid if I spilled it, what might it do to my PC? I finally just took the side off, and let him escape, and he must have done that, because I don't see him tonight at all. But just to be sure, I'll leave the side off till tomorrow morning.
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#136912 - 09/03/03 10:03 PM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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Just don't be surprised when you find three lizards living in your CPU tomorrow. lol
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#136913 - 09/03/03 11:32 PM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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"He" is still in there, but trying to hide from me. I still have the side off, just leaning on the tower. He isn't getting the message to leave. Harrumph!
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#136914 - 09/03/03 11:34 PM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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I left you a couple of messages over at TAC. Look in the "Misc." forum. wink
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#136915 - 09/03/03 11:55 PM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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TY for the messages, nice welcome. BTW, do you know if lizards are egg-layers or live bearers? You got me worried. I doubt if it is a problem, since they try to find a food source for their young, but...ya never know!
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#136916 - 09/04/03 12:08 AM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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Are you sure he wasn't included in the price? Check with the computer place to see if they were giving away lizards that day.

laugh

No seriously - a lizard in your computer - I had never ever thought about that happening - but I do live in England - we get a few mice every now and then - I hope one of them doesn't get in my PC.
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#136917 - 09/04/03 12:25 AM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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No actually, I had even seen the little bugger the night before, darting around my PC, but it never occurred to me that he might be able to get in, or that he'd even want to.
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#136918 - 09/04/03 01:04 AM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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I'd see if I could dump him out. But that's just me.

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#136919 - 09/04/03 01:11 AM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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Please keep us posted. I'm dying to know who/what finally wins this encounter.

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#136920 - 09/04/03 08:01 AM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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Maybe you can get him a pair of very small "static free" slippers so he won't short anything himself and then he can keep the "bugs" out of your computer. Might develope into the ultimate in keeping computers "bug free". You'll make a fortune. laugh
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#136921 - 09/04/03 08:24 AM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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LOL, well this morning when I turned on the PC,and didn't see him, I thought he was gone, but NO, he was still there! So I took the advice of a friend, got a 1" paintbrush, and shooed him out. He startled me by jumping toward me instead of away, causing me to drop the paintbrush, but, what the heck, I got him out. I quickly closed up the PC tower, which is on a small table ( I keep it up so bugs don't get in, right?), and he jumped to the floor. Now, either my cat will get him, or if I can catch him, I'll toss him outside.

Jenny, I couldn't dump him out, this tower weighs a ton, and I can't pick it up.
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#136922 - 09/04/03 05:22 PM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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Hooray!!! bravo

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#136923 - 09/05/03 06:51 AM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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Well, I suppose a lizard is a lot more interesting than an earwig or a spider!
//^oo^\\ ugh!
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#136924 - 09/05/03 07:26 AM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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I've never seen that spider construction before. I like it. Here's my rendition of the lizard that took over Fairygodmother's tower.

o-%-%-~

I have named him Spock.

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#136925 - 09/05/03 09:54 AM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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lol, he wasn't much bigger than that, either -

< : o ,','>>>>>--------------

more like that in length

Spock, huh? he didn't have pointy ears, sorry.
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Come visit us at Mystery Manor

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends -
it gives a lovely light.

Edna Saint Vincent Millay

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#136926 - 09/05/03 10:54 AM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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lol No, but he was going Where No Lizard Had Gone Before.

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#136927 - 09/05/03 04:23 PM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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How right you are! LOL Very funny!
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Come visit us at Mystery Manor

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends -
it gives a lovely light.

Edna Saint Vincent Millay

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#136928 - 09/05/03 05:01 PM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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Becky..............

"Spock" should be able to outrun anyone. Looks like a four wheeler to me! laugh
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#136929 - 09/05/03 05:45 PM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
Kate Offline
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This post had me howling.
I know you were worried, but take a step back and read this whole thresd through one time.
It is hysterical.
katie

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#136930 - 09/06/03 12:17 PM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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Well fortunately the little bugger was too scared to move very much, or I wouldn't have dared to run the PC until I was sure he was out of it. Even after leaving the side off for 24 hours, with lights out, and door closed so the cat couldn't pester him, he still didn't leave till I went after him with the paintbrush. When I got this PC, I didn't really care that the side was glass, and you could see into it. Imagine what strange things I would have heard, and not known what was inside, if I couldn't see into the tower.
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Come visit us at Mystery Manor

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends -
it gives a lovely light.

Edna Saint Vincent Millay

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#136931 - 09/06/03 01:05 PM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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I don't understand how he could get in a computer case. Where did he get in?

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#136932 - 09/06/03 03:10 PM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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That, jenny, is the story for the next Nancy Drew.....

...."Nancy Drew and The Mischevious Lizard"

or something like that.
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#136933 - 09/07/03 09:20 AM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
Fairygdmther Offline
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Well I don't really know for sure, but he would fit through the spaces in the grill over the fan. He was really very tiny, maybe 4" overall length, but only a 1/4- 1/3" wide, less than the width of a pencil. If he worked one arm in at a time, he could fit easily through that. I just don't know why. Even when the PC is off, there are a couple of tiny lights that blink off and on, and maybe he thought they were bugs?! Maybe I need to get some screens for the fans.
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Come visit us at Mystery Manor

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends -
it gives a lovely light.

Edna Saint Vincent Millay

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#136934 - 09/07/03 09:49 AM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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I once opened up the case on an older computer and was surprised to find a spider's web. The spider wasn't in residence, however.

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#136935 - 09/07/03 01:43 PM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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Screens for the fans might be a good idea.
If you hadn't let him out, he'd probably have died in there.

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#136936 - 09/07/03 03:46 PM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
Fairygdmther Offline
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That's true, but I was more afraid he'd take my motherboard with him in a huge flash of light.
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Come visit us at Mystery Manor

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends -
it gives a lovely light.

Edna Saint Vincent Millay

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#136937 - 09/12/03 10:09 AM Re: The Ultimate Glitch
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AHAHAHAHA!

I live in Florida, as well, waaaay out in the woods, and we are definitely at the beginning of Invasion Season!

FairyG - the seasons are changing and the critters are looking for somewhere that will be warm when the air gets a bit chilly. Unortunately houses fit the bill as the new environment, and a PC tower looks like a lovely living module...complete with its own heat source!

kateri

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