You've just finished typing up some important work and your computer goes on the blink - the dreaded blue screen maybe, or the dastardly spinning wheel of doom. You try using Ctrl+Alt+Delete but nothing.
What do you do next? Shout at the screen for a bit? Pound the keyboard? Shake the monitor? Go and make a cup of tea while the IT department helps?
It's fair to say some of us would like to inflict pain on the inanimate object we spend most of the day staring at. But not many of us would go to the extremes 37-year-old Lucas Hinch did.
After “several months” of computer glitches, he “executed” his computer by taking it out into a alleyway and shooting it - eight times.
"He was having technology problems, so he took it to the back alley and destroyed it," a spokesman for Colorado Springs told local paper The Gazette. "He got tired of fighting with his computer for the last several months."
Something I think we can all relate to.
Hinch was briefly detained for discharging a firearm within the city. He did not realise he was breaking the law, but a judge will now decide what penalty he will receive.
In this battle of man vs machine, man definitely had the upper hand – the Gazette reports that the computer “is not expected to recover”.