As part of a special Halloween contest, we compared engineers to witches in their almost magical abilities to reanimate dead devices, cast out troublesome software bugs, and put a hex on misbehaving equipment.
In honor of both types of spell casters, Electronic Design asked readers to submit their best (or would that be worst?) real-world examples of troubleshooting. Ten of the most monstrously impressive, cringe-worthy, and often laugh-out-loud tales are included in this special compilation, from a misguided missile guidance system to a battery-killing door security device.
So give yourself a treat this Halloween and download the Engineer’s Book of Essential Troubleshooting Spells.