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The Lone Groover says "I've just taken down a pergola with a metre-deep Russian vine over the top. It had nine birds' nests in it, and had rotted all of the cross timbers. It covered the entire lawn and needs a skip of its own." What's the biggest/worst thing you've ever taken down? Tell us your tales of demolition and wanton destruction.

(, Thu 8 Nov 2012, 13:17)
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A bit virtual this one
but I typed del *.* to remove my files from the LAN when I left university.

Turned out that the cretinous sysadmin had put all students' work in the root folder of the same drive and (this being ancient MS-DOS) there were no access permissions, so everyone could read or write to everyone else's folders.

And, having zero computer knowledge except a smattering of BBC Basic, I'd typed del *.* on the root folder.

And it did what it's supposed to do. Poof! went everyone's design projects.

And knowing the cretinous sysadmin, he never had any backups.

They never found out it was me, though.
(, Fri 9 Nov 2012, 18:22, 19 replies)

virtual made up
(, Fri 9 Nov 2012, 19:05, closed)
if only
I was sweating like Jimmy Savile at a Brownies meeting for the last week of term.
(, Fri 9 Nov 2012, 19:08, closed)
I can believe it.
I once showed a boss at work how, by using command prompt, I could rename every file in a folder with a few keystrokes. I then pointed out that had I typed "del" instead of "ren" they would have been gone, and not in the Recycle folder. The IT department had apparently never thought to safeguard against this.

He was not amused.
(, Sat 10 Nov 2012, 5:04, closed)
Oh boy.
(, Sat 10 Nov 2012, 9:03, closed)
This is why women want to be him.

(, Sat 10 Nov 2012, 18:41, closed)

Can't assume the IT bods didn't have it covered - you'll only be able to delete stuff you have permissions for, and in any event, they'll most likely have backups. It would be a poor sysadmin whose data recovery plan consisted entirely of "er, I can get it out of the recycle bin".
(, Sat 10 Nov 2012, 17:08, closed)
Except it never happened.

(, Sat 10 Nov 2012, 18:42, closed)

del *.* never removed folders. Just files.
(, Sat 10 Nov 2012, 18:24, closed)
If people start pointing out the glaring holes in all the feebles' lies then the whole of qftw will become nothing more than a cheap venue for mocking inferiors.
(, Sat 10 Nov 2012, 18:44, closed)
On a completely unrelated note, here is a picture of a braying jackass:

(, Sat 10 Nov 2012, 23:28, closed)

(, Sun 11 Nov 2012, 10:47, closed)
What are all these whimpering yanks doing on here anyway?

(, Sun 11 Nov 2012, 12:46, closed)
Your bumhole, mainly.

(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 0:26, closed)
That's very generous of me, I must say.

(, Wed 14 Nov 2012, 18:58, closed)
yep, wasn't it deltree *.* /y that was the nuke button?

(, Sat 10 Nov 2012, 22:41, closed)
c: would also cause a certain amount of carnage.


To prevent nerd attacks, I'll revise that to 'echo 'Y'|format c:'

Or something like that.
(, Mon 12 Nov 2012, 10:17, closed)
does recursive too doesn't it? or maybe not on deltree...

del *.* /s but would still leave the folders? gah
(, Mon 12 Nov 2012, 11:32, closed)
indeed you need
rd /q /s

To get rid of everything. It still works in a command prompt on most flavours of Windows.
(, Mon 12 Nov 2012, 12:07, closed)

Well even if you had been found out, it would hardly be your fault that the sysadmin was an incompetent buffoon.
(, Tue 13 Nov 2012, 13:58, closed)

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