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Aggravated consumers pummel PCs

A quarter of the 4,200 PC users who participated in an online tech store's survey confess to physically attacking their computers at one time or another.

A quarter of the 4,200 PC users who participated in an online tech store's survey have confessed to physically attacking their computers at one time or another.

"Looking at some of the answers, it's clear that in many cases people were actually frustrated at their own lack of know-how," David Furby, Novatech's managing director, wrote on the site. "Hopefully as technology improves and computers become ever more user-friendly, these attacks will become less frequent."

The site published several of the most outrageous stories, though it did not identify the respondents.

"I got so angry with my laptop that I just threw it across the room when it refused to come out of the suspended mode," one person wrote. "The funny thing was, when I calmed down and picked up the laptop, it was out of the suspended mode, but my (stereo), which it hit, has never worked since."

Another wrote: "I once lost my temper and thumped my monitor very hard. It didn't solve the problem, but I did manage to break my little finger."

The British site's survey also asked people to relate their most embarrassing computer-related experiences.

Misadventures ranged from the banal to the bizarre. One person called in an expensive technician to fix a "faulty" monitor that had not been plugged in. Another got his tie caught in the CD drive, then banged his head on the monitor as the tray closed.

And there were the truly face-reddening occasions. A computer programmer turned on his machine with three new clients present, only to discover that his friends had played a prank on him. A greeting announced in a booming voice: "Hey, over here everyone, I'm looking at porn! Woo hoo! Porn! Porn over here!"

CNET Singapore's Susan Tsang reported from Singapore.