Last evening, Grizzled attempted to move and unplug an ancient goose neck lamp that was on the top of our computer tower. He was trying to find the cord through the semi-organized tangle when we heard a "Zzzzzpptt!!!" and saw a brief flash. He then asked me to unplug the lamp! Nice... We gently searched and tugged, trying to locate where this danger was plugged in. There was another, louder, "ZZZZPPPTT!" followed by a lovely arc of electricity. The computer stopped. I thought we had blown a fuse, but Grizzled pointed out that the monitor and keyboard were still on. We did notice a large burn mark on the base of the lamp and another on the end of a cable that plugs into one of our cameras. The cable's other end was plugged into our computer... We thought it was fried.
After some jiggling and unplugging of various things, Grizzled got it started. It appears to be up and running. So far, nothing noticeable appears to be lost. I can't help, but think we're on borrowed time.
The camera download cable is shot as is the lamp. I just hope the computer is not fried in some way I can't see. Anyone have any guesses what damage the zap of electricity might have caused?