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I’ve got one of these lovely shiny new TFT monitors and one of my colleagues has just committed the ultimate sin. Yes that’s right, he has just gone and poked it with his finger and left a lovely big smear on the screen. It’s one of those things that really wind me up, even more so when I’ve only had the monitor five minutes!
I was just sitting there admiring my desktop viewed at an impressive resolution of 1600 x 1200 when this Luddite decides to poison my lovely new display with his greasy mitts. He then proceeded to do it again, and again, and again as he referred to various cells on a spreadsheet that we were collaborating on. I can tell you, by the time he walked away from my desk I was absolutely fuming! Partly because he’s an idiot and I can’t stand working with him anyway, but mainly because I then had to go off and find some screen cleaner to remove the offending trail of fingerprints!
I couldn’t just leave it the way it was you see. I would just end up distracted by all the blemishes spoiling that otherwise clean surface.
Before anyone jumps to the wrong conclusions, I don’t have a compulsive disorder. I just like a clean and tidy workstation and I don’t think it’s much to ask that people leave my screen alone. What on earth possesses people to do this? I find it difficult to believe that they can’t point at something without having to actually touch it!
I used to work in an office and there was this one fellow who never ever cleaned his screen in the two years or so that I was there. He was guilty of poking his finger at it from time to time as well, and he didn’t seem to care when other people did either. It was absolutely filthy. It was obvious enough when the display was turned on, but when it was switched off you could really see how disgusting it had become.