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    Biggest Computer Problem?

    If, like me, you work in the IT industry, or friends, colleagues, associates, friends of friends and family know that you know a little bit about computers, you must get asked loads of questions about their pcs (and practically all of them about their Windoze machines too).

    I can't be the only one who gets asked all the time. I now don't tell people what I do for a living when I am out and about, as I get asked yet another question. Some times I feel like a car mechanic or doctor who is never off duty.

    Here's my top 5 questions......

    "My computer at home ...."
    "I know what I meant to ask you ...."
    "Do you know how to ....?"
    "Have you got ....?"
    "Can you have a look at ....?"

    And it goes on.

    So my biggest, most annoying, most frequent computer problem is .....

    ... my Dad!!

    What's yours?
    Last edited by beercz; February 5th, 2006 at 09:40 PM.

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    Re: Biggest Computer Problem?

    well lets see... one of my worst experiences was at college. I was known as one of thoes guys who could fix your computer. and my sophomore year I some how ended up on the football players hall. Well these 200-300 pound guys would come knocking on my door and ask me to come fix there computer. Well I'm not going to say NO. So over and over again I would find myself in a room working on a computer that is a piece, surrounded by football players yelling at each other while they play Xbox. On a side note I have nothing against football players, just didn't like working on there computers!
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    Re: Biggest Computer Problem?

    It's not that bad, most people I know are pretty computer-savvy, and those that aren't are pretty reasonable about it.

    Still, I'm thinking about getting this, just in case.

    Groet, Erik

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    Re: Biggest Computer Problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by eriqk
    Still, I'm thinking about getting this, just in case.

    Groet, Erik
    I WANT, no NEED one of those!!!!!

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    Re: Biggest Computer Problem?

    Cleaning up friends/neighbors virus infested machines because they thought they were running antivirus when all they really had were 3 month trial subscriptions. Can be very time consuming.

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    Re: Biggest Computer Problem?

    Still, I'm thinking about getting this, just in case.

    Groet, Erik
    LOL thats great
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    Re: Biggest Computer Problem?

    Just two months ago I was helping some of my relatives with their computers. I thought fixing-up my Grandfather's Win95 box would be a nightmare, but the real nightmare turned out to be trying to help my Aunt with her 'MediaCentre XP' or whatever burn a DVD (it seemed to be wretched software, at least what I saw of it; and I suppose the Win95 machine will be too old to be interfered with by most viruses anyways lol).

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    Re: Biggest Computer Problem?

    Dealing with requests to help people move files around on the Macs at my school (Because my dear school's director has never heard of NAS). And teaching new students to use iMovie.
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    Re: Biggest Computer Problem?

    A friend needed to just borrow my internet connection (via ethernet) to send a mail.

    His laptop booted to Windows ME, and the nightmare began.. having to reboot with each network config change, crashes if you opened more than one instance of internet exploder etc threw my usual problem-solving skills a bit off...

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    Re: Biggest Computer Problem?

    i used to have a lot of people in my school asking for my help setting this or that up, but that pretty much stopped this year. i havent used windows on my laptop since June, and any questions that have came up, ive used that as my excuse. "nah sorry man, i havent used windows in a long time, i forget how to do that" always works

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