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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
07/21/04: Monitor strength

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From Rhonda=== Dear Webby, My son is learning how to write programs, and every now and then he gets so frustrated that he punches the monitor with his fist. Is there any danger that he will some day break it and cause an explosion? Rhonda Dear Rhonda I think even a 400 pound Sumo wrestler could not damage the front face of a monitor with a bare fist. They are incredibly strong for just that reason, and so that the monitor makers won't get sued. By the way, a monitor will not explode. There is a vacuum inside and if damaged, the pieces will fly to the inside. Sure, some smaller pieces will rebound and then bounce out, but by then they are slow enough that they are not likely to seriously hurt anybody. I would recommend that you buy a whoopee cushion and attach it to the side of the monitor with double sided tape. It won't take long to train your son to slap the side of the monitor instead of punching it's front. Just tell him that as a programmer he can't risk getting arthritis in his hand from punching hard objects. Have FUN Dear Webby
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