There's a bug in my notebook, what am I gonna do? We're talking about Thrips (Thysanoptera), those tiny fringe-winged insects, also known as thunderbugs or thunderflies. At this time of year, given a bit of good weather, populations can rise dramatically and they can become a right nuisance in the home. That's because these little (~1mm) critters can get into the most unlikely crevices, including the space between the panes of glass on a notebook's LCD screen:
I've got a couple of ex-thrips behind my screen at the moment, and I doubt they'll be the last to find this final resting place this summer. I wonder if the manufacturer's 'dead pixel' policy covers this sort of bug? Doubt it somehow.