Home office / lockdown story

Last year, when the first lockdown happened, everyone in my office started working from home. Including myself of course.
I decided to use x11vnc for remotely accessing my PC cause it is super convenient.
A few days into the home office and suddenly the remote keyboard acts weird, with random keypresses that I didn't do, and then the letter L was written over and over like it was stuck.
Assuming a bug in x11vnc, I restart it several times, but no luck. Whenever I open a terminal it is full of "L"s within a matter of seconds.
So I restart my PC remotely and reconnect the x11vnc, which is a huge pain in the arse if you have ever done it. And can you believe it... Still the same problem!
So, finally I gave up and went to the office to see what the hell was going on with my PC. I entered my office room and could not believe my eyes.
What had happened? The room cleaner had wet-wiped my desk. To create enough free space for that, she had first cleaned up the mess, putting the scattered paper nicely on the side, but then also *putting the bloody mouse on the bloody keyboard*.

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    Lol. Really lol.
  • 10
    Did you unplug them to make sure it doesn't happen again?
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    Good one.

    Although you could have simply disabled the physical keyboard to confirm the source of all the Ls and save a trip to the office :)


    Next time ;)
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    @Nanos you could create a new X session if it didn't exist. Doing that might be the better option to begin with, so that no one in the office can stalk and interrupt what you're doing.
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    @netikras Thanks, I'll try that next time :)
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    @electrineer I am now going into the office 2-3 days a week (we are trying to make it so that each person has their own room for them). At the end of each day I actually unplug the mouse and store it away. I cannot unplug the keyboard tho, because then somehow the remote access doesn't work anymore. Didn't have time/interest to investigate why tho.
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    lol :D
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    The nature of the rant made me fear it from the start 🤣
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