Smoking around computers

From: Alexander Schreiber <>
Date: Mon Dec 10 16:57:12 2001

On Mon, Dec 10, 2001 at 03:38:49PM -0500, Douglas Quebbeman wrote:
> > I have noticed
> > that machines with either residue (pot or cigs) don't tend to
> > have mice live
> > in them when sotred - I tried this by putting a bag of
> > tobacco (cloth bag)
> > inside and purposely left a filler plate off - no mice. The
> > machine without
> > had all sorts of acorn shells, poop, nesting materials, etc though.
> Great tip, thanks, the old IBM 716 Line Printer was *full*
> of that; had I known I could stick a pack of Viceroys in
> there to cure it, I might not have dismantled it...

Seems like the mice "know" that nicotine is a strong toxin.

q: If you were young again, would you start writing TeX again or would
   you use Microsoft Word, or another word processor?
a: I hope to die before I *have* to use Microsoft Word.
  -- Harald Koenig <> asking Donald E. Knuth
Received on Mon Dec 10 2001 - 16:57:12 GMT

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