Scary 3-year-old antics

It’s 9pm and my co-worker K. just IM’ed me in a panic.

K says:
hey u there?
eo eo eao says:
ayep
K says:
I need some help!
eo eo eao says:
uhoh
K says:
how do i clean pen off my laptop monitor?

Yoiks! I can imagine the knot in her stomach, especially since the laptop is a brand new HP which the company just bought her when she came back from her second mommy leave. But, a quick Google on “pen stain lcd monitor” brought up a page on Appletechs.com’ forums entitled “Help! My 3-year-old wrote on my Powerbook screen with a marker!” Obviously, K isn’t the first one to suffer this problem, since this post was started on January 2, 2003 and the most recent addition was yesterday, November 17, 2004!

The range of suggestions is pretty amazing, from eucalyptus oil to a product called Kleen Screen, to fingernail-scraping to WD-40. The consensus seems to be either 70% Isopropyl alcohol on a Q-tip, or — and this one is pretty weird — writing over the mark with a dry-erase marker and quickly wiping it off. Seems the dry-erase marker has a pretty strong solvent in it to keep the ink liquid, so writing over the ink dissolves whatever is there.

You find amazing things on the web when you are trying to stay away from politics for a little while!

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