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MJPerry asks: Masturbating, stealing, making the cat dance... when did someone catch you doing something you wanted to remain secret?

(, Thu 3 Jun 2010, 14:01)
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The CDR of shame...
Many many years ago I reached the last day of work with a previous employer and decided as well as packing up all the useless crap in/on my desk I should probably backup all the files I had too. This of course meant the usual mp3's, photos, documents etc etc.

Back then CD burners were still something of an expensive novelty and while my office had one (an external one on a SCSI cable, remember those?), all be it in a side office on another PC, my mates office didn't.

I recall many many months before he'd asked me to backup his assorted files from zip discs to a CD and I'd done it for him. In hindsight it was a bad idea to keep some of those files on my own pc at work. Stashed in my documents, was a folder I'd labelled "Economic statistics 1870-1910" as "really really dirty porn" might have set alarm bells ringing somewhere.

In my haste to grab all my digital junk I moved the folder, complete with "statistics", over the network to the machine with the cd burner. I popped a blank cd in the drive, being an external one it was tucked slightly out of sight to the side of the PC, and set the machine writing the CD... a job which took about an hour.

During this time I was summoned to the main open plan office for the farewell speech, glass of naff wine and bestowing of a moderate gift of limited usefulness.

Wine, speech and social done it was still an hour or so until my day was done and to my delight the boss said, "why don't you knock off early". I duly grabbed my box of crap and headed for the door, stopping only to type "format c:\" into my PC as I left.

A week later I got a phone call from a colleague at the old job. I had literally no idea what she was on about. All the hints about "finding my stash" etc fell on deaf ears as I regarded the smut as my mates I wasn't even mindful it was there.... then the penny dropped about as fast as my jaw did. I know just how filthy some of that stuff was... I know who found it and how offensive that "little old lady" would have thought it was.

Still asked for my CD back though.
(, Fri 4 Jun 2010, 17:40, 1 reply)
I burned many music CDs using the same methods.
I felt as guilty as if I was storing "bluer" material.
(, Fri 4 Jun 2010, 17:53, closed)

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