And isn't that really what VPs are all about?

Vice president calls this support pilot fish several times, complaining that his PC is being hacked. "His mouse kept moving and clicking on odd things," says fish.

"I remotely controlled his computer, uninstalled a few programs and told him that there were no programs on his computer that would allow that."

VP calls again, not five minutes later. It's doing it again, he says. Fish suggests rebooting, under the theory that some out-of-control service might still be running. That doesn't fix it, so fish heads over to VP's office to observe the problem firsthand.

VP's fellow executives say they're sure the network has been hacked and the situation should be reported to corporate HQ. But after a quick examination of the VP's desk, fish has another idea.

Hold everything, fish tells VP. You have a wireless mouse, and there's a wireless mouse in the office next door. Maybe the signals are getting crossed.

That's when the guy in the next office sticks his head in the door. "It might be my mouse," he admits. "It was trying to take over someone else's computer a few weeks ago."

Sure enough, a little quick testing proves that every time the second guy uses his mouse, the pointer moves and clicks on the VP's computer.

"I told this new gentleman that I was going to confiscate his mouse," fish says.

"He said, 'No, I like my mouse. It's the dominant mouse!'

"I did it anyway."

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