I was electrocuted by my Mac.

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Bobdude161, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    N'Albany, Indiana
    Last Friday afternoon, if you live in the mid-west you may have noticed alot of lightning in the thunderstorm we had. It seems like everything was being struck, including me. I was downstairs doing some Photoshopping on my computer when I then heard three loud pops and along came with it was a sharp pain in my right arm. The house had been struck by lightning and I seemed to take part of the blow. What happened was the lightning traveled down the cable line, into the cable modem, then the router (which by the way spit ash all over the kitchen wall, they're both fried), into the ethernet cable that was plugged into my Mac and my mouse, of course, was connected and sent more than 120 volts of electricity through my body :eek: . Good times. My computer oddly enough is still working fine, all I had to do was restart it. My arm was hurting for the next few hours. Felt like I cooked from the inside. The reciever and subwoofer in the TV sound system had to be replaced.

    Pretty much what I'm trying to say here is, don't get on your computer while there is massive amounts of lightning. Unplug your computer, TV as well as your phone/cable line. If your on the computer you'll possibly lose that, your arm or maybe even your life. If I was touching the keyboard with my left hand, the electricity could of gone up my left arm and through my heart. It may of not killed me but it could've given me a close call to death.

    Gooooood times... Now I'm at a friends house using his internet now. So far the cable company is stocked full with appoinments with people who've had the same problem. :(
  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    You're still alive.

    Electrocuted = dead.

    Get a good AVR with UPS.
  3. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    I agree. Living in the third world area of Fairfax County, I have put my iMac on a UPS with surge protection.
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    This is why I unplug the computer when the power storms are near me. Because if I had anything happen to my mac I wouldn't be able to replace it with a macbook till at least the end of december and I doubt apple would believe me if I said it was struck by lightning :rolleyes:... And they are predicting thunder storms this week too.
  5. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2005
    I always use my computer through storms with no surge protector, I like to live dangerously ;)
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    At least you were not dumb enough to be mowing the lawn and wearing an iPod. ;)
  7. technicolor macrumors 68000


    Dec 21, 2005
  8. _Matt macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2005
    haha thank god he wasn't wearing his headphones...that kid was so dumb...wow...definitely a PC user with an iPod...is he all right? :)
  9. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    wow, i'm glad i live in southern california, where we get like MAYBE one lightening strike a year...
  10. sb58 macrumors 6502a


    May 14, 2006
    thank you.
  11. svalbard macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2006

    I'm waiting for the first case of someone who's wearing an iPod and taking a leak against a metal fence when lightning strikes.

    "iPod users penis explodes" will surely be the headlines :rolleyes:
  12. BakedBeans macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2004
    What's Your Favorite Posish
    Erm, nope. It doesn't It means injured or killed. but that is me being pedantic :)
  13. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    out of all the weird internet stuff, that owl S**t is the weirdest.....IMO
  14. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    Running gag on Fark.com

    Great sight. Some really interesting profanity filters.
  15. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
    Mine is not that bad but if i have my powerbook plugged in and open using the latch, it gives me a little shock. Not sure why but it can be really annoying and sometimes painful.
  16. Peterkro macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2004
    Communard de Londres
    Erm yes.It does mean dead,it has however been misused so often most people don't know the meaning.(see executed et al ).

    Whilst I'm being pedantic a chandelier has candles the modern version is an electrolier.*goes back to reading OED*
  17. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
  18. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    Cordless mouse and KB FTW!
  19. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    The Oxford Dictionary includes "injured or killed" in its definition, so that's good enough for me.
  20. BakedBeans macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2004
    What's Your Favorite Posish
    No, YOU are wrong.

    Do you know what, I am sick of know-it-alls that know next to nothing. Time and time again I come across this misplaced indignation on this forum, telling me I am wrong, telling me that other people know better. Even then it isn't done in a courteous way, it is done in a belittling and demeaning way

    It is getting too much, it is making my forum viewing become some what displeasurable.

    I said it with best intentions (even made a joke about being pedantic) but I thought I would stand up for the original poster and I also thought I put it nicely to a poster that I respect.

    Peterkro, I am sorry If this seems like I'm venting at you, you are simply the straw, don't take this personally because it is aimed more at the 10 thousand people that did it before you. However, if you decide to take it personally then that is fine too. Feel free to PM me.

    Telling me that I don't know the meaning when it is you that doesn't just rubbed salt into an open wound.

    For the record, here is the dictionary's definition.

  21. Bobdude161 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    N'Albany, Indiana
    lol off course. sorry if my Kentucky edumacation started the squabble. Got back my internet today. Took 5 days for the cable co. to get here.

    Also, they say you should enter into the lottery after you get struck by lightning because you have a better chance of winning the lottery than getting struck. Well instead of the lottery I played a game of Texas Hold'em with about seven people and won 60 bucks. It isn't very common that I win. coincidence?

  22. Coolnat2004 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    <- Unplugged PowerBook with WiFi! The worst (reasonable) thing to happen would be my modem and router burning out..

    My house has been hit by lightning 5 times. Sort of.. it was mostly trees.

    Anyway I'm glad that you lived through it, and even more glad that you don't have to replace your Mac!
  23. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006
    I had my house's 110V and 220V lines cross at the box and fry my entire house. That was surreal. It was like 3 in the morning, lines cross, my ceiling fan starts making a sound like it's under super heavy load, my subwoofer blows out and wakes me up, computer is totally fried.

    All of the appliances in our house got fried, except for the Vampire TV ((Old Sony TV from 1982) which had to be killed with a stake through the CRT when we finally bought a replacement TV).
  24. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Oh, they'd believe you, but it sure as hell wouldn't be covered.

    Of course, they replaced my logic board under warranty after a power outage, or possibly a surge before or after, fried the sound on it. My speakers were fine, and half my router died. I'm baffled to this day.
  25. Phobophobia macrumors 6502

    Dec 1, 2003
    Actually, the saying is that you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery.

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