Send us your spookiest tech tales!

With All Hallows Eve just around the bend, we want to hear your worst tech nightmares. Ghosts in the machine? Syncing mishap? Supremely inopportune hard drive failure? Send in the gory details.

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Going to tech support can lead to some very scary experiences. Derek Chatwood

Sure, Halloween brings on the spook, but no slime-covered zombie or ghoul with an ax through its skull can compare to the horror of tech nightmares. Just ask those unfortunate enough to have suffered Sidekick data losses in recent days. If it makes them feel any better (and we know it probably doesn't), they're not alone. Maybe they can take a small measure of comfort in knowing others have endured tech scares, too.

With that in mind, and with All Hallows Eve just around the bend, we want to hear your worst tech nightmares, readers--in gory detail. Did a black cat cross your path and knock your new MacBook to the floor, shattering the screen? Suffer a blue screen of death? Ghosts in the machine? Syncing mishap? Supremely inopportune hard drive failure?

What about that time you IMed a co-worker about your annoying boss only to realize you'd accidentally messaged your gripes straight to the source? Or maybe you're like my colleague Dong Ngo, and you left a pack of chewing gum atop your new laptop in temperatures upward of 100 degrees. Oops!

Whatever the tech tale of terror, we'd love to include it in a Halloween feature we're piecing together. If you have photos, all the better. Send your pictures and stories (250 words or less, please), along with your full name and location, to readersubmissions at cbs dot com. The more the merrier--and scarier.

About the author

Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.

 

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