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#1 Nov 14 2011 at 9:45 PM Rating: Excellent
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Who sees someones computer with 8 toolbars across whatever browser they're using and you have to stop the urge to stab them in the head with the nearest scissors?
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I just delete the shortcut to IE and watch them panic.
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#3 Nov 14 2011 at 10:12 PM Rating: Good
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Call me biased, strange I know, but being in the tech world for a living I just see this and for whatever reason it rubs me the wrong way.
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Why resist the urge?
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Why resist the urge?

Spoiler links to a NSFW youtube vid that really isn't all that bad, just NSFW.
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My sisters ended up doing that to my parent's PC.
I don't even know why I try to fix up their PC, when I know they'll just fill it with clutter again...

Edited, Nov 15th 2011 2:35am by Kirby
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I look after the laptops at work, I wish stabbing people in the head with scissors was allowed. I think there should be some sort of basic competency test before you're allowed to use a computer.
#8 Nov 15 2011 at 6:53 AM Rating: Good
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I look after the laptops at work, I wish stabbing people in the head with scissors was allowed. I think there should be some sort of basic competency test before you're allowed to use a computer.


So many would fail.
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The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
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Why resist the urge?
Spoiler links to a NSFW youtube vid that really isn't all that bad, just NSFW.
Yeah, but the same thing can happen for jay walking, so you might as well go in for an impressive crime.
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I look after the laptops at work, I wish stabbing people in the head with scissors was allowed. I think there should be some sort of basic competency test before you're allowed to use a computer.


So many would fail.


You have no idea.

So far my favorite person I've been able to deal with is the "I spent a semester as a CS major and now I know everything guy."

Had one come in a while back like this who was adamant on the fact that his pc had a virus and he had scanned it and couldn't find anything. I spent 5 minutes booting into safe mode, installing and running malware bytes and let it scan. Found about 30 infections over the scan and then I sat on his machine for an extra day just because he was a know it all ****.

Moral of the story: PC techs are usually trolls.
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#11 Nov 15 2011 at 1:29 PM Rating: Good
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It's the latest craze I guess. Everything has to have it's own toolbar that sneaks its way onto your computer somehow or another. I find myself removing them more often than one should...

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The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
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Why resist the urge?

Spoiler links to a NSFW youtube vid that really isn't all that bad, just NSFW.


I have got to watch the Boondocks.

Whenever my mom calls me to help with her laptop, I open up Internet Explorer to see half the screen covered with toolbars. I somberly disable as many as I can, knowing that like some kind of hideous hydra, by removing one you only allow two to take its place upon your return.
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lolgaxe wrote:
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Yeah, but the same thing can happen for jay walking, so you might as well go in for an impressive crime.
That's why I don't jaywalk. Smiley: tongue


Well, that and the fact that around here, people will run your *** over before noticing you're on the road if you're not near a crosswalk.
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You have no idea.

So far my favorite person I've been able to deal with is the "I spent a semester as a CS major and now I know everything guy."

Had one come in a while back like this who was adamant on the fact that his pc had a virus and he had scanned it and couldn't find anything. I spent 5 minutes booting into safe mode, installing and running malware bytes and let it scan. Found about 30 infections over the scan and then I sat on his machine for an extra day just because he was a know it all ****.

Moral of the story: PC techs are usually trolls.


The good news is that eventually you will reach a point in that career path where this doesn't happen very often and people will actually defer to your experience instead of insisting that they know better than you do about your job. I still occasionally get someone who'll question why we put restrictions on fileserver space when "I could just buy a couple terabyte disk at Fry's for a hundred bucks!", but that's about it.

Then again, I work with civilized operating systems and don't deal with viruses.
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ArexLovesPie wrote:
You have no idea.

So far my favorite person I've been able to deal with is the "I spent a semester as a CS major and now I know everything guy."

Had one come in a while back like this who was adamant on the fact that his pc had a virus and he had scanned it and couldn't find anything. I spent 5 minutes booting into safe mode, installing and running malware bytes and let it scan. Found about 30 infections over the scan and then I sat on his machine for an extra day just because he was a know it all ****.

Moral of the story: PC techs are usually trolls.


The good news is that eventually you will reach a point in that career path where this doesn't happen very often and people will actually defer to your experience instead of insisting that they know better than you do about your job. I still occasionally get someone who'll question why we put restrictions on fileserver space when "I could just buy a couple terabyte disk at Fry's for a hundred bucks!", but that's about it.

Then again, I work with civilized operating systems and don't deal with viruses.


I've only been doing this for two years now and we're still a pretty small upstart company so the pc tech stuff is great filler in between our project work. But yes, I have a few customers that are like that and they are probably the best people to work with. When conversations with companies end up in them basically opening a check book and handing a blank check to us and saying "Do what needs to be done." I'm sure they love seeing my face when it looks sort of like this.

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I still occasionally get someone who'll question why we put restrictions on fileserver space when "I could just buy a couple terabyte disk at Fry's for a hundred bucks!", but that's about it.


Depending on policy requirements, I usually go ahead and advise them to do just that. Go buy your terabyte USB hard drive, and use it all you want. But don't come back to me asking for a restore when **** goes haywire and your job is on the line.
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Thankfully, my grandfather had zero problems switching to Firefox.
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I've tried to get my father to switch to anything besides IE... I swear building my own rocket and moon lander would be easier...
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I feel like punching someone in the **** every time I get a nag to update Java and it includes the "You want to install the Yahoo! toolbar too, right? Sure ya do..." tiny box in the corner.
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I've tried to get my father to switch to anything besides IE... I swear building my own rocket and moon lander would be easier...


I switched my dad's wireless router from wep to wpa2 sometime back cause he's a beyond paranoid when it comes to his computer. Well little did I know he doesn't broadcast his ssid from his router cause it's "more secure." I got this phone call a few days later which he just pretty much yelled into the phone about how I broke his wireless router and I need to fix it immediately.

Even after I explained to him that he would need to reconnect to the wireless manually once because the security changed and the computer sees it as a new ssid he claimed I broke it and forced me to put it back to wep.

He uses zonealarm still as a firewall and I'm pretty sure he's stuck on how awesome he thinks adaware is, I'm such a proud son.

EDIT @ Joph: Turn that **** off. Odds are you don't need Java Release 6 Versions 1-29 as it is.

Edited, Nov 15th 2011 6:42pm by ArexLovesPie
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Grenger wrote:
I've tried to get my father to switch to anything besides IE... I swear building my own rocket and moon lander would be easier...


Ditto. I also can't get him to stop using Norton (it was McAfee before that).
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gbaji wrote:
ArexLovesPie wrote:
You have no idea.

So far my favorite person I've been able to deal with is the "I spent a semester as a CS major and now I know everything guy."

Had one come in a while back like this who was adamant on the fact that his pc had a virus and he had scanned it and couldn't find anything. I spent 5 minutes booting into safe mode, installing and running malware bytes and let it scan. Found about 30 infections over the scan and then I sat on his machine for an extra day just because he was a know it all ****.

Moral of the story: PC techs are usually trolls.


The good news is that eventually you will reach a point in that career path where this doesn't happen very often and people will actually defer to your experience instead of insisting that they know better than you do about your job. I still occasionally get someone who'll question why we put restrictions on fileserver space when "I could just buy a couple terabyte disk at Fry's for a hundred bucks!", but that's about it.

Then again, I work with civilized operating systems and don't deal with viruses.


I know more than most FE's and some IT people... I HATE calling the help desk because I have done everything they suggest. Then I wait on the FE who can't help me because if it isn't network related (or that my computer is ANCIENT) I have fixed it already. Some of us do know better.
#23 Nov 15 2011 at 8:50 PM Rating: Good
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Grenger wrote:
I've tried to get my father to switch to anything besides IE... I swear building my own rocket and moon lander would be easier...


Ditto. I also can't get him to stop using Norton (it was McAfee before that).


What is wrong with Norton (I didn't pay for mine, but it "runs out" in 30 days so I'll need to get something else or renew the license)
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Grenger wrote:
I've tried to get my father to switch to anything besides IE... I swear building my own rocket and moon lander would be easier...


Ditto. I also can't get him to stop using Norton (it was McAfee before that).


What is wrong with Norton (I didn't pay for mine, but it "runs out" in 30 days so I'll need to get something else or renew the license)
If I'm not mistaken, Norton is the suggested anti-virus software of our very own, Kaolain.
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I hate Norton. I deal with a very very ****** set up of Symantec with one of my customers and it doesn't do anything it is supposed to do. I don't like McAfee either because it works, but too well. It's like an over protective mother and dealing with the UAC in windows is annoying enough. Next in line is Kaspersky because it's caused nothing but troubles for me with another customer and their Acronis backups, plus during any session I have onto their machines through gotoassist it won't let me turn it off because it disables all access to it while during a remote session.

Which leads me to what I use and love because it does what it's supposed to do. AVG.
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Last night, AVG said that one of my R packages had a virus. Not just me, but a few other folks in the class too. Had to disable the antivirus to do our assignment...
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I still occasionally get someone who'll question why we put restrictions on fileserver space when "I could just buy a couple terabyte disk at Fry's for a hundred bucks!", but that's about it.


Depending on policy requirements, I usually go ahead and advise them to do just that. Go buy your terabyte USB hard drive, and use it all you want. But don't come back to me asking for a restore when sh*t goes haywire and your job is on the line.


Yeah. Cause there's no way that could possibly backfire. Smiley: oyvey
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We go a step further and declare the host OS volume expendable. If its on a portable drive or the C:\ drive, and it tanks, we're going to write it off and push a new image. Usually works pretty well. We have a policy in place that we will give them terrabytes of server space if they really need it, but we're definitly going to make them justify the **** out of that need before we give it to them. Most of our really large data is static though. Relaly huge high res ariel photographs used in CAD work for designing roads and whatnot.

as for toolbars, we're legally obligated to remove computer access for anyone who has more than two enabled.
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You people are fools. Toolbars are status symbols.
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You people are fools. Toolbars are status symbols.
BonziBuddy tell you this?
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You people are fools. Toolbars are status symbols.
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PunkFloyd, King of Bards wrote:
You people are fools. Toolbars are status symbols.
I think I know the next hipster trend


It's only to be ironic.
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Alexander Skarsgård guards my one and only toolbar. Is that like Fan Tragic of me?
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I use InstantFox, which actually lets me do a buttload of searches without needing any kind of toolbar.
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I use InstantFox, which actually lets me do a buttload of searches without needing any kind of toolbar.

Awesome, thanks. Smiley: thumbsup
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IDrownFish wrote:
I use InstantFox, which actually lets me do a buttload of searches without needing any kind of toolbar.
You need an addon for this in firefox? It was standard in Opera...
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I use InstantFox, which actually lets me do a buttload of searches without needing any kind of toolbar.
You need an addon for this in firefox? It was standard in Opera...

That's the beauty of Firefox, you can customise it to do whatever the **** you like.
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It's standard in Chrome, too...
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I use InstantFox, which actually lets me do a buttload of searches without needing any kind of toolbar.
You need an addon for this in firefox? It was standard in Opera...


Without the addon Firefox still has a search bar beside the address bar that can be configured to use any search engine of your choice. Not exactly the same as using the address bar for everything, but it's still better than a bunch of toolbars.
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By default, typing random crap into the Firefox address bar makes Firefox try to figure out what website you wanted, as near as I can tell. That could be my ISP, though.
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By default, typing random crap into the Firefox address bar makes Firefox try to figure out what website you wanted, as near as I can tell. That could be my ISP, though.
Every time I use Firefox instead of Chrome, this ends up making me mad when I'm doing it to google something.
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With that addon, you can type whatever you want. If it matches a website closely, then Firefox will bring you to that website. If not, it will do a Google search for the term you specified.

If you type a letter before the term - such as y - then it will search the appropriate site for the term. So "y homestuck" would search YouTube for the phrase "homestuck"
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Awesome, thanks. Smiley: thumbsup
That is now my favourite addon.
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I'm honestly not particularly fond of add-ons. In Opera, I was pleased that I could set up searches by entering a preferred address bar prefix shortcut and a search string in the settings panel to get it working, just as an example. I loved Firefox when it was leaner, but now I mainly use it when I want to open an additional Blackboard session. My grandfather's only really has adblock (I'm sure NoScript and Flashblock would add more problems than benefits), so it's not slow even on his oooooold (but clean) laptop, but I find that once I add more plug-ins, Firefox starts becoming slower, and this is a problem when you've got 50+ tabs open between your several windows on your virtual desktops.

Lack of virtual desktops is the main reason I was on Linux so long before I became a Macfag.

WINDOWS, STOP REQUIRING sh*tTY, HALF-BAKED ADD-ONS FOR THIS. EVERYONE ELSE MANAGES.

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With that addon, you can type whatever you want. If it matches a website closely, then Firefox will bring you to that website. If not, it will do a Google search for the term you specified.

If you type a letter before the term - such as y - then it will search the appropriate site for the term. So "y homestuck" would search YouTube for the phrase "homestuck"

Smiley: dubious What if I want to search for "y homestuck" and it has no relation to Youtube at all?
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Then you use the letter "g" for a regular Google search.

Like I said, you can google without using g, but g forces it to google.
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