Have you seen this man? You have if you're using the Ultra-stat static-protection guard, a small box that mounts on your computer monitor to absorb static. To show that the product's working, a picture of "Ernie" flashes on the miniature screen whenever the computer gets a jolt.

Ultrastat, a manufacturer of antistatic devices in Colorado City, Colo., describes Ernie as a "fun, informative indicator." Sure, if your idea of fun is watching a little friendly guy fry.