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Things I Pledge Never To Do Again In Computing


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#1 Andrew

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 01:49 AM

These are the things which I pledge not to do again. As the name implies, these are all things I've done at least once, or at least tried. Please add your own!

Under Windows:
Go through the registry looking for things to delete (yes, I actually did that. No, the outcome wasn't good.)
Go messing around with the Group Policy editor.
Use the encrypted file system, then forget my password.
Fail to backup my data before upgrading to the latest version of Windows.

Under Linux (Ubuntu):
Change, tinker, or ever think hard about the xorg.conf file.
Think that recompiling the kernel will only take an hour or so.

In General:
Let my friend, Mike, use my computer or even come within 10 feet of it :thumbsup:
See whether ATA drives are hot-swappable (they're not)
Use a 100 watt power supply
Use a used power supply
Use a used 100 watt power supply
Get into a Mac vs. Windows debate with my friend Bill.
Use my limited networking skills to port scan www.cia.gov
Eat piping hot pea soup while at the keyboard
Ping flood 127.0.0.1 (wanted to see what would happen)



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Posted 04 February 2008 - 04:16 AM

Use my limited networking skills to port scan www.cia.gov

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 10:01 AM

I vow to never again try to repair a CRT monitor without first discharging the storage capacitor :thumbsup:
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 07:46 PM

Never install Windows while on battery power (ran out of power 3 times!).
Never play hockey with hard drives. (well, it was actually an accident!)
Never get a disk from someone and then give it to another person without scanning it first! (the Joshi virus!)
Never answer "Y" to a prompt asking you if you're really sure that you want to do this - without triple checking first! (lost a lot of data this way!)
Never uninstall/remove stuff if you don't know what it does! (dead system!)
Never jam a large screwdriver between 2 sticks of RAM while the system is powered up! ('nuff said!)
Never say "this won't take but a minute" - because it never does!
Never take shortcuts - even when explaining to people. If their eyes glaze over, then it's their fault that they missed what you're saying - if you skip over it, it's bound to come back to bite you in the butt!
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 08:39 PM

Never answer "Y" to a prompt asking you if you're really sure that you want to do this - without triple checking first! (lost a lot of data this way!)

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Edited by Amazing Andrew, 29 December 2008 - 05:50 PM.


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Posted 04 February 2008 - 09:17 PM

AA, Found your cat. You'd better come and get him. He's causing some problems
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 09:25 PM

He just wants some cream. I suggest you give it to him!

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 10:26 PM

What I will never do again:

Way back in the dark ages, aka when I was a newbie on the computer and didn't know squat about what I was doing, I had to reinstall Windows.
I knew just enough to know that I needed to back up files and folders containing pictures and documents-which I did. My music was a different matter.
Knowing that it would take a lot of cd discs and many hours to put my music on discs, I got a *brilliant idea*. Move them to one of my cd drives-to sit there while I formatted the pc.
Turned out to be a not so bright idea-I didn't know that formatting the computer would also wipe out the music sitting on the drive. I ended up spending hours getting my music off my cd's and back onto the computer.

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 10:32 PM

Never work on the computer while my dad's doing electrical stuff. He tends to keep the juice on, then shorts things out and my computer goes out. Happened twice, and both times I was on BC!
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Posted 04 February 2008 - 10:40 PM

Never smash your CRT monitor, no matter how much you hated it. I personally found out there was dangerous gas in it.

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 11:45 PM

Under Windows:
Go through the registry looking for things to delete

Back when I used M$ Ol'98(gold, got it in Feb99 ) I got to where I liked walking through the reg (I did it aleast once a month) I spent a number of hours weeding out norton oem av and nav2001 ,plus zone alarm:) in the 6+ years I used it I only borked it twice (the first time was after only 4 months of having it :flowers: ) I have quit trying to explain the difference between their computer, OS and the "Internet" to people though.

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