1. <hardware> Non-working due to hardware failure; burnt out. Especially used of hardware brought down by a "power glitch" (see glitch), drop-outs, a short, or some other electrical event.
(Sometimes this literally happens to electronic circuits!
In particular, resistors can burn out and transformers can melt down, emitting noxious smoke - see friode, SED and LER.
However, this term is also used metaphorically.)
2. <jargon> Of people, exhausted.
Said particularly of those who continue to work in such a state.
Often used as an explanation or excuse.
"Yeah, I know that fix destroyed the file system, but I was fried when I put it in."
Especially common in conjunction with "brain": "My brain is fried today, I'm very short on sleep."
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