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The PC whisperer

Calling himself "Magneto Man," a 12-year-old boy in Pulaski, N.Y., is reputed to exude some sort of static field that makes computers crash.

One of the boy's teachers says there seems to be something in the child's body chemistry that causes computers to go haywire.

There's at least one Web site devoted to people who believe they set off light bulbs and other electric equipment just by passing by.

However, if it is true that some people seem to give off an aura that interferes with computers, then could it also be true that some people have the opposite quality, that they can soothe frazzled computers and quiet feverish processors?

GCN used to be blessed with an information technology manager who seemed to have this kind of almost magical power over computers.

My computer would be spewing static and rolling screens of blue death while the Microsoft paperclip sneered at me. Panicked, I would call the IT manager.

He would come to my desk, blow on my computer, and vvoil', the machine was good as new, or even better.

Sometimes all it needed was a simple reboot. But even that small word, "Reboot," sounded magical in his Icelandic accent. It sounded more like Aladdin's "Open sesame" or Harry Potter's "Expelliarmus" or even Pee-Wee's Playhouse Jambi's "Mekka-lekka hi mekka hiney ho!"

It wasn't what he did. It was who he was. He was our PC whisperer.

Posted by Trudy Walsh on Mar 05, 2008 at 9:39 AM


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