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Stupid things people have done to their computers(12 posts)

Stupid things people have done to their computersKristin
Aug 17, 2002 8:51 AM
Sometimes these must be shared. What are some of your experiences?

Case One: This happened yesterday. Took a call from a guy who said his email installation CD was giving him an error. I asked said user to open his C: drive and look for the Notes folder. "I can't," he replied. "You can't?" I asked, "Why not?" "Whenever I click on the C: drive, the Smart Trainer software runs. We don't use the C: drive anymore." LOL. The previous manager had copied the entire contents of an autorun CD to the root of C. We'll be enhancing our future loads to disable this feature.

Case Two: User calls complaining that he receives a "not authorized" error when attempting to open an application. I looked in the ACL, and he doesn't have access. I asked, "When did this stop working?" "Well, its never worked," the man replies. "When did we send you this database?" I follow up. "Oh, I copied the database from John's computer. I want to look at it." I ask, "Do you work in the same department as John?" "Well no," the man answers. There's a reason we call it security you know.
re: Stupid things people have done to with their computersmickey-mac
Aug 17, 2002 1:04 PM
How about a stupid thing someone did with a computer? At work, we're not supposed to use computers for personal e-mail or web-surfing. A woman I work with is constantly sending and receiving personal e-mails, including photos of her grandson, and spends a decent part of the day on ebay. Recently she received a pornographic e-mail that she suspected contained photos of minors. She called the police and reported it. The police suggested that she report it to corporate security, which she did. However, she also deleted the original e-mail, sending up a red flag for company security. Security then begins monitoring her e-mail and internet use, finding that she spends a good chunk of the day keeping herself entertained on a company computer. She has been warned but will probably keep her job. There's gotta be a lesson in there somewhere.
I'd be in trouble...i spend way too much time hereColnagoFE
Aug 19, 2002 7:16 AM
but of course i'm multitasking! ;) still if security ever did a log on my web surfing habits it would not be pretty. my guess is that they are more concerned with porno sites than cycling sites since these are not blocked by the corporate firewall.
And the lesson is:Leisure
Aug 21, 2002 4:14 AM
You can pull the woman out of the shop, but not the shopping out of the woman.

Oh fine, ladies...go ahead and kick me in the pants. I'm probably overdue for it anyway.
Yeah, but what you don't realize....cory
Aug 17, 2002 9:23 PM that 90-plus percent of the people who read that don't have any damn idea what you're talking about. I've worked with computers every day for more than 20 years, but I do it the way a chicken plays a piano: I just peck where the food pellets are. I probably do stuff every day you'd think was stupid. But, hey, I can rebuild an SU carburetor, research and write a news story, suture a wound and roof a house.
then there's always this guy...DougSloan
Aug 19, 2002 6:41 AM
OMG that was funny... I nearly choked on my lunch.. nmlongfellow68
Aug 19, 2002 7:12 AM
Seen this before...its funny, but fakeKristin
Aug 19, 2002 7:35 AM
If you look closely, there are no cables hooked up to the back of the PC or monitor. This was just some bored IT guys on a Friday afternoon. If the PC was all connected, when he kicked the monitor out of the cube it would have taken the CPU with it. I give them snaps for originality though.
sort of figuredDougSloan
Aug 19, 2002 7:59 AM
Also, taking it out on the monitor is like "killing the messenger."

the problemmr_spin
Aug 19, 2002 8:15 AM
The guy would be a lot happier and a lot more effective as an employee if the keyboard were plugged in, too! The cable is just hanging there over the end of the desk.

Definitely fake.

I've never taken a swing at a monitor, but I have smashed keyboards before. Those circa 1992 Compaq mush keyboards were crap. Mine would last a year max without me smashing them, then often not much more than a day longer! Then I'd go swap it with a print server or QA lab machine. I finally liberated a decent keyboard from somewhere and was happy as could be.
rule of computer problem analysisDougSloan
Aug 19, 2002 8:44 AM
"If all else fails, plug it in."

I guess it applies to keyboards and monitors, too.
or maybe that's why his computer wasn't working to begin with?Shad
Aug 19, 2002 12:16 PM
Still hilarious even if it is fake!