questionshas your child ruined or compromised your…

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Our little "angel" used to put pretzel sticks in the Tv's built in vhs player. Also, one time we looked everywhere for hubby's keys. We finally found them in the subwoofer hole. As well as a handful of hot wheels, gummies, and fishy crackers.

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@dillydally: OMG...I didn't think of looking in the sub-woofer hole for stuff. Great...

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Thanks. You've just given me another reason to fear having a kid.
The biggest issue I have to deal with is one of our cats likes to chew on power cords. We hide the cords we can and put Critter Cord on the rest. I also have to keep the kittehs from jumping on the printer/scanner. (our cats aren't light) Also, they'll try to jump up in front of the TV and put their grubby paws on the LCD screen. No kitty, no! That's a bad kitty!

I can't imagine how stressed I would be if I had to contend with the destructive force of a child wreaking havoc on my electronics.

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My little brother used to put nail clippers, coins, paper clips, scissors, or anything else metal he could find into the VCR. Should've heard the noise it would make. Even after cleaning it out, we had to use a tape rewinder.

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@bsmith1: There are some good points to having children. That's what people tell me, anyway...

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'heard an intermittent "brrrrrr" noise coming from our office. She was hiding under the desk with string cheese and feeding strands into the CPU fan. Sweetly looks up at me saying, "noisy".'

This made my morning. Thank you very much!

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An apple iie system I bought in a yard sale, was compromised.

There was a rattling in the floppy drive. It was an AOL cdrom.

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@mellielou: I love your original tags. Since our stickinthemud buzzkilling mods are going to change them, for the record:

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chat baby-proofing what-did-she-ruin-now she-did-what

I'm not surprised that the child messed with the speaker cones, they always look cool and I've wanted to put my hands on them too. I really hope that they weren't very expensive custom speakers, but just some cheap ones. That would make me cry.

Is there anything different with this child than the others? Are you sure she wasn't switched? Abducted by aliens? Maybe we should start a pool to see if she makes it to adolesence. Right now it seems that either accidents or her mom may get her before then.

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My kids have fur, so other than occasionally expressing curiosity about these machines that I spend so much time paying attention to instead of them, they pretty much ignore the electronics. The only time I had damage was when the Great Dane was walking by, got a foot tangled in the laptop cord, panicked and bolted, yanking the laptop off the table and out of the room by it's "tail" in his wake. Surprisingly, the laptop survived unharmed, but the cord was fukackta. So once that battery charge ran out I couldn't use my laptop till the cord I ordered online came.

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My DVD Drive on my PC still only intermittently works since my son put coins on the tray and opened and closed in amazement that they were magically gone. They rattle and clunk around in there sometimes and give me CRC errors, and other times I'll be able to use a few disks without any issue.

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I can, very luckily, say no! My daughter has generally been good with my electronics since she was young.

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My daughter removed all of the keys from the keyboard of my laptop. Only some of them could be replaced. It made typing a little difficult.

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As a new baby, my oldest kicked my glass of sweet tea all over my laptop. Yeah, it was dead. I managed to replace it, but swore to only have desktop computers while my kids were young, so the worst they could do was ruin a keyboard.

Fast forward almost 14 years (youngest almost 9, so I thought I was safe) and my 14yo daughter played with a water balloon while holding the kids' laptop. Yup, it burst all over it. Now they don't have a laptop, and aren't allowed near mine very often. And never with anything liquid.

The other two kids haven't ruined anything expensive. Yet. The middle one lost an iPod touch, so she's the only one of the 3 that doesn't have one, but that's it.

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@moondrake: you're lucky to have escaped so easily! My puppy ate cables for a while. I went through a half dozen printer cables, and he also decimated the (unplugged) cables for the deep frier, toaster, and at least one more.

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When middle child was five, he was obsessed with Bullfrog Basic and decided he wanted to be a computer programmer. He got into my computer and changed all the .exe files to .doc files so he could print them out as Word documents and read the Windows code. He thought he could just change them back once they were printed and I would never know.

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Pretty sure it was my oldest who pushed my wife's laptop off the arm of the couch, breaking the screen. I never asked for clarification, as the arm of the couch is just a bad place to put a laptop.

Other than that, and the obligatory keys removed from laptops, we've been pretty lucky so far.

Of course, my oldest has had her own laptop since she was 1. She was forever wanting to see what we were doing, and could bluescreen a laptop in milliseconds. So I found an old Pentium 1 Thinkpad that I had loaded Redhat Linux 9.0 on. She used it for the next couple years. She was into full contact computing - she would stand on part of the laptop and beat on the other part. She also loved to eject the CD drive, then put it back.

Now, at ages 3 & almost 6, they help me take systems apart and rebuild them. The older has a laptop, and the younger has her own desktop. That way if they break anything, hopefully it will be theirs...

@bsmith1: They are useful for handing parts and tools.

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When I was little, my dad had a portable B&W TV. It had a bunch of cooling slots on top. Just the right size for pennies. I am pretty sure that is why it stopped working: Pennies let out the magic smoke that makes electronics work.

As for my child; actually, no I don't think he has.

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My #3 whacked the LCD TV with a toy and ruined it. And #4 shoved 2 air hockey pucks and 2 CDs in to the Wii disc slot. I'm still not sure what else went in there.

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My son (then 3 years old) busted my Samsung 46" LCD TV with a toy sword... that was $1500 gone forever. I was so angry that I made sure my wife was in the room before I disciplined him. I wanted to make sure I didn't go overboard.

My daughter dumped a glass of soda into my gaming PC. Fortunately, I was there and was able to flip the power supply switch before it was able to do any lasting damage. A few hours later and my PC was as clean as new (needed to be done anyway) and worked like a charm.

Kids tend to do stuff like that sometimes. It sucks, but it's part of being a parent. You take the good with the bad, and no matter which is more, the good always outweighs the bad.

I'm sure they'll break more stuff. The good news is that when I'm old and senile, I'm going to break their stuff for fun. They won't even be allowed to discipline me.

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Having 4 sons, the simple answer is yes.

Most of the problems were having to wipe a drive because of some internet spawned "infection" that couldn't be fixed otherwise. Boy are backups important!

I've had speakers with broken cones, tapedecks torn apart, and many other joys of having children.

Now that they are all adults (age wise, not action wise) I still get calls for "dad, this happened today..." followed by "no, tell me what REALLY happened please".

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No kids here but my sister's son ruined about 5 VCRs and two or three computers. He put quarters in the CD Rom Drive of the computers and stuck other things in the VCR slots. I can't remember what. I just remember having to buy her a new VCR every few months for a while there because she was too poor.

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I remember during my dad's 40th Birthday my parents threw a huge party and shunned us kids into the basement. My dad took the the 20" Tube TV from their bedroom and put it in the basement so we could watch TV. For some reason he (dad) swung the extension cord over a beam and placed the TV on the ping-pong table. I was maybe 10 at the time and remember thinking it would be a good idea for us to Tarzan swing from the extension cord. I managed to yank the TV off the table and it shattered into seemingly a million pieces. To this day we thank God for beer because dad just laughed it off that night.

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My kids...nothing too expensive, mostly their own toys.

My brother, on the other hand, got upset that Tom (of Tom and Jerry) was being a "Bad Kitty" and took a hammer to our TV. This was before I can really remember a whole lot, but I didn't realize that TV's didn't have 3-4 big cracks running through the screen until I started playing at my friend's houses.

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I put oatmeal in the 8 track player. But if my mom ask it was my little brother.

My daughter 'cleaned' my +$100 at the time microsoft keyboard with a very very wet rag. I took it all apart and dried it out, too late the traces were on plastic that melted apart. Too many for me to rewire. : (

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My cousin, when she was little, shoved a bunch of little monkey toys in her dad's floppy disk drive on his computer.

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My niece shoved a penny into the SD slot of my MacBook. Had to send the entire thing in for repairs.

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@wilfbrim: get your kleenex...B&W CDM-7NT speakers:

http://www.reviewfi.com/equipment-reviews/loudspeaker-reviews/bw-cdm-7nt-loudspeakers/

(for the record, purchased pre-kids thinking we would be DINK's)

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Back in the days of VCRs, it was not uncommon for us to find legos or duplos in them. More recently I found a snack wrapper (either fruit snacks or granola bar) sucked into the printer and a penny in the DVD drive on my laptop.

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My brothers made sure that I knew that when I was young, I put oatmeal in the Atari.

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When I was about 3 years old my mom was sleeping on the couch and I proceeded to eat the diamond tip stylus from my dad's record player. One trip to the hospital later, they never actually retrieved it.

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Funny you should ask that...my wife called me this morning a mad panic claiming that her calendar (i.e. her "LIFE") on her work iphone was blank. Our 18 month old likes to climb up on the sofa to bang the keys on her Macbook. Needless to say, that when she synced her iphone last night, her calendar had been replaced by another calendar called "Untitled hghgfhdghfjshgdhfgg". Unfortunately, I turned off Time Machine last year and forgot to turn it back on. We don't do iCloud either. OOPS.

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I worry more that electronic equipment has ruined or compromised my child. She's always very cranky after I give her any time on our computer.

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@bbdickso1: Look on the bright-side, now she's available to watch the kids every time you go out.

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I don't have any kids of my own yet, but I do have one niece that I watch from time to time. So far she has yet to ruin anything, but her hands get grabby with anything electrical (gadgets or otherwise).

As for myself, I did manage to fry a computer at the age of like... 10 or so, poor thing barely had any ventilation (and riddled with lots of dust and cat hair) and we lived in Arizona at the time with 3-4 cats. Somewhere between the heat, poor air flow, and a game it could barely run killed it.

Should probably note this was a computer that was pretty close to the same age I was (something we had since I was 2), and I was trying to run Diablo 1 on it. I barely had enough hard drive space for the game and the lag then would make me stop playing it entirely now.

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Well, so far my sibling hasn't broken any electronics yet.

But my uncle however, his son smashed (like a hulk) an iPad to the floor out of rage from a game he was playing I guess. iPad doesn't turn on anymore and it's selling on eBay right now for salvage.

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I have. Though recently both my AV receiver and my PS3 crashed. Goodtimes.

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yes now, yes next time and yes when we have another!

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My daughter use to use our tower fan as a "piggy bank"

The money is still in there & luckily the fan works just fine still when we need it...

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My son did the exact same thing to my dad's floor speakers - he pried the covers off and pushed in all the tweeters.

My son will also push any button he comes across so he is often turning the TV on and off rapidly which I assume can't be good for it.

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@radicalreader: He pulled that off at age 5?? How old is he now, and what does he do for fun? And what do you expect him to do for a living and for hobbies as an adult?

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@magic cave
He's a high school senior at a science and math high school. He has a full scholarship for college next year. He plans to double major in computer science and creative writing.

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@mellielou: I'm now taking bets as to how much longer the child will live. From the review:
"These speakers can only be purchased second hand, but their continuing performance almost ten years later is a testament to the quality and reliability of B&W loudspeakers."

So sorry. If my crap wasn't all in storage I'd offer my Bose 501s (their full size speakers were pretty nice back in the day) to you as a temporary replacement.

If you are looking for replacements that are affordable, I'd recommend Aperion Audio. Very high on the QPR meter.
http://www.aperionaudio.com/home.aspx

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@wilfbrim: Thanks so much for the thought!! Perhaps it's karma. My brother helped me recall that when I was 6 yrs old, I too pushed in a tweeter of my cousins brand new Polk speakers (circa early 80's). I remember always pushing in the "bubble" of the Toffifay candy containers after I ate the candy; and when I saw the tweeter, that's what it looked like to me, an item that was to be pressed in.

Boy, I'm in trouble if this kid is the reminder of all the crap I did.