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As someone who is "good with computers" I get a lot of calls from people who've got problems. Some of them even have problems with their computers.

Back many years ago working for a telecoms company, I was called to a senior secretary who "had put a disk into the drive and couldn't get it out". She had one of the first Mac II machines with two drive slots. But only one drive.

Opening up the case revealed stacks of floppy disks that she'd been posting through the hole in the case for weeks. She'd only decided there was a problem when her boss wanted one of them back...

(, Fri 22 Sep 2006, 13:58)
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Virus or not?
I worked for a guy who was not all that familiar with computers. One day he came into my office, telling me that he had a virus on his computer.

I went to his desk, ran an antivirus program, did some checks, but I could find nothing.

Me: I can't find anything. What's the problem?
He: Each night I shut down my computer, but when I arrive in the morning, somehow it has switched it on again.

Now, I should tell you that this guy worked very hard, and actually left the office as the last person each day, and arrived first in the morning. He actually has the key to he office and nobody can enter the building or his office without him being there. So, nobody could have switched on his computer.

Me: Could you please show me what you do every evening?
He: Clicks on 'start', 'shut down' (which, by the way is already one of the stupiest things about computers anyhow), and the shut-down dialog box appears.

Instead of 'shut down', the dialog box shows 'restart'...

I "repaired" his computer for him, and he couldn't stop thanking me and tell everybody how I saved the company from hackers (didn't get a raise though...)

Length? I know, but admit: it's a funny story!
(, Tue 26 Sep 2006, 13:12, Reply)

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