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Man charged after allegedly shooting computer with gun

Technically Incorrect: A Colorado man is so fed up with his Dell computer that he takes it into a back alley and allegedly executes it.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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The computer was severely wounded. It's not known if it will survive. Colorado Spring Police Department.

Sometimes we hear about moments of madness.

I wonder, though, whether these are in fact moments of extreme clarity, where our true selves finally burst through the hulk of our social veneer.

I am moved to this existential thought by the story of a Colorado man who, police say, took his computer into a back alley and shot it dead with a gun.

These words might sound extreme or even unreal. However, I am relying on the police report.

The blotter entry is headlined: "Man kills his computer."

It adds that 37-year-old Lucas Hinch was "fed up with fighting his computer for several months." It isn't recorded whether the computer suspected Hinch of having enjoyed an illicit fling or whether it was suspicious of his nights out on the town.

It does say, however, that Hinch took his Dell XPS 410 into a back alley and fired eight bullets into it. His alleged misdemeanor was the unlawful discharge of a weapon within city limits.

Hinch told The Smoking Gun that he was moved to his actions by the dreaded blue screen of death, something that his Dell may now have experienced for itself.

I have contacted the Colorado Springs police to ask after the Dell's health and will update, should I hear.

Guns can never solve computing problems. You and your computer should either go to mediation or part company.

There is always another computer out there for you. Sometimes, though, it just takes time to find the right one.