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  1. Ground yourself before you touch your machines. Fast.

    While I feel bad whenever I shock one of my cats by accident, I have fried two machines.

    During the winter I have to constantly ground myself in my office. I’m the only one here who has to do it this much and I think it’s because of all the machines I’m near (especially this large printer). I once sat down, touched my mouse and next thing I know I smell a burned machine and everythings frozen. Fried processor. No one believed me. One week later I did the same thing, except this time someone saw it and the machine literally smoked. I knew it wasn’t a fluke, they knew I wasn’t kidding, and I learned to never sit down without touching this metal cabinet behind me.

    As a former NYer, I’m sure you’ll remember how you wish it was just as dry in the summer.

    You also may want to look for a cause of your static. While some people are more likely to pick it up, there’s usually another reason.

    Comment by David — 02/09/2021 @ 01:33:26 PM

  2. Great, now I’m really paranoid…

    Sounds like you’ve got an especially acute case, though. Were you ever exposed to gamma rays as a child or something? ;)

    Comment by CT — 02/09/2021 @ 04:14:05 PM

  3. No, nothing like that. But I am blind and yet somehow see everything. Go figure.

    Comment by David — 02/09/2021 @ 07:30:53 PM

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