Tech pilot fish for a local high school gets a trouble ticket about a teacher's laptop that isn't working correctly -- every time the teacher unplugs the AC power supply, the laptop dies.
"We've gotten a few laptops in the recent past that had bad batteries from the manufacturer, so I figure that's the problem again," says fish. "With a replacement battery in hand, I head to the teacher's office, where I find him online with the laptop, without the AC power supply plugged in.
"I ask politely, 'So the laptop seems to be working fine now?'
"'Well, not really,' the teacher says. 'The laptop will still die after a few hours if I don't plug it in again.'
"And this is one of the science teachers, too..."
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