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18 Days of Reckless Computing
« on: 04/06/2006 12:13:04 »
18 Days of Reckless Computing

What kind of idiot buys a computer and willingly – even eagerly – exposes it to all the malware and viruses he can? Me. I bought a Dell Dimension B110 ($468! Cheap!) and tried to kill it for more than two weeks. I clicked on every pop-up and downloaded the gnarliest porn, gambling, and hacker files I could find. It seems our Internet overlords are sterilizing spam. If I were to treat my body the way I treated this computer, I’d have yellow fever, bird flu, and Alzheimer’s. But the Dell? Eh. Somewhat the worse for wear.


Full story: http://wired.com/wired/archive/14.06/start.html?pg=6

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.


 

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Re: 18 Days of Reckless Computing
« Reply #1 on: 04/06/2006 13:08:36 »
And at day 18:

http://wired.com/wired/archive/14.06/start.html?pg=6
quote:

Day 18: I take the Dell to Best Buy’s Geek Squad and tell a technician that I’m having a bit of trouble with it. Less than four hours later I get a call back from Carla. She declares it a total loss and advises wiping the hard drive and restoring it with system disks. “The tech ran a couple of virus scans,” she says. “One kept beeping so much that he had to just turn it off.” Ah, that’s the stuff.





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