Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Got computer rage? safe ways to vent

Filed under
Misc

Kent Norman did something most people would like to do with their workplace irritations.

After work one day, he torched the source of his angst: a computer mouse.

The darn thing's ball kept freezing, making it hard to keep the cursor on target.

Actually, he first tried a candle, but it didn't perfectly crisp the mouse. He then grabbed a torch, eventually throwing the disfigured mouse onto his grill.

A bit extreme? Maybe. But you try working for two months with an unruly mouse.

As he said, it was very annoying.

Come on, it's not like you've never imagined whacking a sledgehammer through a computer that keeps freezing.

Workers nowadays are overly reliant on this one piece of very fallible office equipment.
So in the likely event that your computer misbehaves — like taking hostage three weeks worth of work — who can blame you for getting superstressed?

Such workplace stress can proliferate in many ways. Most people in one such study commissioned by Compaq, for example, have seen other workers rage against their computers — swearing at the equipment, for example.

Norman said he felt better after he destroyed his mouse. And it wasn't just personal. Norman is director of the University of Maryland's Laboratory for Automation Psychology and Decision Processes, studying interaction between people and computers.

His mouse ordeal even prompted him to start an informal online survey on computer rage. About 2,600 responses later, he learned that many people have found themselves swearing at their computers.

Full Article.

More in Tux Machines

Healthdirect Australia sees value in open source for security solution

Commonwealth and state/territory government funded public company, Healthdirect Australia, has used open source software to build an identity and access management (IAM) solution. The IAM solution allows users to have one identity across all of its websites and applications. For example, users can sign in using their Facebook, LinkedIn or Gmail account. Read more

Ubuntu Installer Bug Can Delete Your Hard Drive and All Other OSes

The Ubuntu installation procedure is governed by a piece of software called Ubiquity and it's one of the most intuitive and easy-to-use installers on the Linux platform. Unfortunately, users have been confronting with a bug that could wipe their entire hard-driver without any kind of announcement. Read more

You have your Windows in my Linux

Although there are those who think the systemd debate has been decided in favor of systemd, the exceedingly loud protests on message boards, forums, and the posts I wrote over the past two weeks would indicate otherwise. I've seen many declarations of victory for systemd, now that Red Hat has forced it into the enterprise with the release of RHEL 7. I don't think it's that easy. Read more

7 Things You Can Do With The Xposed Framework on a Rooted Android Phone or Tablet

The Xposed Framework is a way to make system-level changes to your Android operating system without installing a custom ROM. All you need is root access. Here’s a look at what you can actually do with the Xposed Framework. You’ll find all of these modules listed in the Xposed Framework itself. Install the Xposed Framework, open it, and use the Modules search to browse, search, and install modules. Read more