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Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on April 28, 2007, 11:36:03 pm
I think everyone could use a laugh or two. So I've started a thread where we can post our funny or memorable computer stories! Let me start off with one...

Recently, I found a wallpaper online that said 'I wish I was a Mac', with a Mac "unhappy" face underneath. I decided to post it as on my grandma's computer wallpaper, because she's always complaining about the XP's performance. I posted it...she didn't quite get it, but I explained that Mac is another operating system, and a 'rival' to Windows...anyway, after about a day or so she found it no longer funny...so I set it back to her original wallpaper. Soon afterward she asked about it...

"So Mac is a rival to Windows?"
I replied "Yes."
Then, she said it all seriousness, "That wallpaper didn't come with my computer?"
Me: ;014
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Kami-Tux on April 29, 2007, 07:03:19 am
The term DAU means Dümmster Anzunehmender User (=dumbest assumable User) and I met my share of them. It's especially funny if they catch you using lynx:

At school, I ws allowed to use a computer for Linux. The reason that thing was chosen was that it was too slow for Windows 98. Fvwm2 ran, but I preferred to use her in textmode. Once our teacher asked us to research something. I used the linux-machine and lynx. While I was browsing, the teacher came to me and asked: "When will your computer be started?" I laughed.

In a youth-center, I once helped them setting up their Linux-server and was allowed to make an account there. So I was able to use it when we were allowed to surf (I had no internet at home at that time). Some dude approached me and started annoying me. My mood was not the best...

SD (some dude): What are you doing there?
KT (Kami-Tux): Surfing
SD: how so. you are not seeing anything there
KT: I do *points to google-homepage*
SD: are you seeing there pictures, I do not see?

Another story:
FFCE (former friend, current enemy) had never money so her 'PC' was the old one of her brother. I really regret not knowing of the competition of running Windows on the lowest possible hardware, because there this system would have reached a high ranking. I think it was even slower than the 'thing' from story one, which did not hinder FFCE from running Windows 98 on it. When she had problems with this thing and I wanted to help her, the 'thing' took ages to load and so I pressed Escape to see what it was doing. On the escape button, FFCE's brother put a sticker: "Start self-destruction!", and FFCE believed it and screamed at me.
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on May 01, 2007, 11:42:54 am
Those are funny, Kami-Tux! There was this other time when, for April Fools' day, I put the M$ Bluescreen of death screensaver on my dad's comp...I told him beforehand that a virus was going around that messed up all the drivers, and could cause BSOD...He bought it, so when I went on the computer to see if it had the "virus" and I put the screensaver on, he totally freaked out!

Then there was when my laptop actually BSODed. I hadn't had the computer for very long, and the BSOD came up...I tell you, I was so scared that there was damage to the computer I wouldn't start it for 9 days (I know...how lame...) finally, I had enough...it was fine...
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Kami-Tux on May 01, 2007, 12:49:24 pm
Hehe, I avoided the computer for three days when I was really young because I had a nightmare of it. It involved having to navigate through endless BIOS-menues on a screwed up display (only these weird characters which only existed in DOS for borders and backgrounds were seen).

Another story from these days:
Lil Kami-Tux did her first steps in PASCAL and programmed an EDLIN-ish editor. Little Kami-Tux did not know much English at that time. Also, her TurboPascal in Windows 95's DOS was always rather stable, so she did not save her programs that often. The first test of the routine, which printed a specified line on the screen was done with a textfile in C:\ and the last line. Well, the program said: "SUBSCRIBE WINDOWS" and the Tux, not knowing what subscribe means and that that was the last line of the text-file panicked and switched off the PC. Did I mention the 'not saving' bit?
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: C-Chan on May 01, 2007, 02:41:34 pm
OMG, this looks like a great thread.  ^v^

But where to even start,... although admittedly, I've been on the butt end of such comical computer stories in the past.  Oh, how times have changed..... -v-'
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: CaptBrenden on May 01, 2007, 09:20:40 pm
I had my dad beliving that if you put two CDs face to face they could transmit viruses....
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on May 01, 2007, 09:37:42 pm
QuoteI had my dad beliving that if you put two CDs face to face they could transmit viruses....


;019 If this was a competition for, as Kami-Tux calls them, "DAUs", that would take the cake!
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Tsubashi on May 02, 2007, 08:51:46 pm
DAUs are quite fun to mess with. I once convinced my entire "Lab group" I could read floppy diskettes with my eyes ^__^
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on May 02, 2007, 09:38:35 pm
Ohoho! A challenger appears! I'm not sure if I'm more impressed by CaptBrenden's or Tsubashi's skills at DAU trickery.

I remember when brought our first comp home, we really had no idea about it. My dad bought lots of CD-roms, but he didn't know how to install them....it was a funny scene. My mom and I were messing around on Paint; I exited out, accidently, and we started yelling at each other, "what did you do?" "I didn't do anything!" "What happed to the picture!" Neither of us got the whole...ahem...Windows thing...lol Not to mention my dad's cure-all...if something's wrong, reboot. Crashed? reboot. Missing program? reboot. Ah, the days when all could be cured by a reboot XD
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: CaptBrenden on May 03, 2007, 01:06:05 am
The guys I served with in the marines.. tended to be a little below par on computer skills. well really, alot below par.  I constantly had to show them how to do the simplest things.  I had a buddy ask me once how to copy files from a CD to the desktop and im like:

Me: You click.. stay with me now, and drag... still tracking?  and release.

Buddy:  ....man your a dick, why do you have to talk down to me?

Me: I donno, why do I?

20 minutes later:

Buddy:  hey... could you show me how you did that thing again?
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: zjhentohlauedy on May 03, 2007, 04:13:24 am
hehe funny stuff. too bad i have little or no experiences like these, i don't have much to tell..
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: w00terz on May 08, 2007, 02:03:32 am
When building my first computer, I somehow put one of the DIMMs in backwards and it started smoking xD
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Kami-Tux on May 12, 2007, 08:13:34 am
Nothing more? Okay, here is a story, I only heard and not experienced myself. I can not guarantee that it is true, but it is very likely:

Ruth had a new shiny SuSE-box (that was at the time when SuSE still was THE user-friendly distro), a friend helper her to set up the things, YaST did not. For some reason however, Ruth was getting weird error-messages. At some point in the trouble-shooting process:
Friend: are you logged in as root?
She misunderstood that because in German root and ruth sound nearly alike:
Her: Yes, I am logged in as ruth
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on May 12, 2007, 09:55:54 pm
SuSE...User friendly? O__O Not words I hear together often...


One time my grandmother asked me to make her a Yahoo account instead of her local ISP's account. Soooo, I went onto Yahoo, she gave them all her info, and we got the new email account up and running. I set it as her homepage, and all was well. Until...

Grandma: "Where's my (insert local ISP) email?"
Me: "I thought you wanted Yahoo?"
"Where's my email?"
"but why'd you make me make a Yahoo account?"
Confused stare....
"Fine, I'll set your old homepage back..."
I still don't know why she wanted a Yahoo account. I still can't figure out how she does so well with Firefox.

Further proof that we need an older person's Linux distro...
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: C-Chan on May 14, 2007, 01:47:48 pm
QuoteSuSE...User friendly? O__O Not words I hear together often...


FYI, SUSE was my very first distros I ever tried.  -v-
It was one of the first Novell ones... whether that made a difference I don't know, but in between my sound card not working and my mouse (either PS/2 or USB) not operating and just the extreme BLOAT which was a chore on my poor junk computer,... it's a wonder I didn't crawl back to Windoze and shut the door behind me.  -.-

I slowly and surely got the hang of it, but I never really did like SUSE much.  It was only after I got hitched to Xubuntu that my interest in Linux really started to take off.  ^__^

QuoteFurther proof that we need an older person's Linux distro...


Well, as the old saying goes:  "There's no such thing as a free lunch."  -v-

The people I talk to are generally incredulous about the notion of "Free as in Beer" software and operating systems, so it's always nice to explain to them the "Catch"  about Linux.  You can have free software that's excellent and stable, but in return you have to be prepared to "work" for it every once in a while.  -v-

Even developing an old folk's Distros would require a bunch of enterprising individuals to get together, design one, and release it to the community for slow and gradual testing until version 1.0 is reached.  And for that, I guess the argument can be made that Ubuntu, Mint, MEPIS, PCLinuxOS, Mandriva, Elive, etc. does that already,... we just happen to have caught them in the middle of the "beta testing" phase.  ^.^;

We'll see in about 3-5 years how far they get in their goal.  -v-

On the other hand, I think a Wii + Internet Access is pretty old-person proof.  *hint hint wink wink* ^__~
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on May 15, 2007, 08:27:18 pm
WebTV has always worked for my grandpa ;) Can we consider that a suitable older person's OS, XD (BTW, I do know WebTV isn't an OS...)

For me, I can't imagine an easier OS than Windows (Mac is in a close second). I think most of the problems with computers, for old and young alike, comes from fear that they'll 'mess up' the computer with their inexperience. The irony is, I think a more advanced computer user would have a MUCH better chance of destroying a computer than a more timid, inexperienced user. I always told my grandma there was (aside from downloading some sort of deadly virus) there was really not a lot she could do to the computer. Maybe younger people just have more adventurous attitudes ;)
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Kami-Tux on May 16, 2007, 04:14:14 am
Oh no, older people might not be able to use fsck, but their inability to express theselves fully makes up for that. You can spend as much time trying to avoid LARTing and elderly person when the computer 'can not find the pictures!!!!!!!', 'is only showing envelopes!!!!!!' or 'is not starting that netcup!!!!!' Yes, she uses these urgency in speech, yes, she is not able to say Netscape, yes, she still has not understood the concepts of folders, yes, she sometimes f*cks up the settings and then is unable to tell me what she did, yes, she normally 'did nothing', yes, she can destroy hardware by just standing near it, yes, she always wants ME TO LISTEN AND MY BROTHER TO FIX IT!! Y4es, she tells me about her problems and then CAN YOU ASK @@RANDOMNAME@@ TO COME OVER TO HELP ME?
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on May 17, 2007, 11:19:35 pm
Let me let the words tell the tale:

"What is Linux? Is that like Microsoft?"
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: C-Chan on May 18, 2007, 12:25:04 am
*rolls eyes*  Â¬Â¬

In fairness, if they said that while looking at a KDE desktop, I'd sorta/kinda/maybe forgive them.  Â¬v¬

(KDE is very Windows-like -- a good way to absorb most of the culture shock for Windows guests.  ^^)
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Kami-Tux on May 18, 2007, 12:43:18 am
yeah, unless I configure it :)

Oh yeah, Linux is hard to grasp for newbies. How many times I have heard that they think it is yet another OS by a company. and ow often they think it's by SuSE...
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Tsubashi on May 18, 2007, 02:20:01 am
Once, quite a while ago, I earned myself a reputation for being able to work with and fix old computers (Mostly because I owned a Toshiba T1000 Portable PC at the time (Great Ayahtiaru! Those things are huge!)) So, one day I was approached by someone whom with I was barley acquainted and demanded I fix his computer.I was somewhat dazed, since in a typical day I would talk with few people, all of which I knew. Regaining my composure, I soon began asking routine questions: What model, what OS, how old.... and such. Being a DAU, he didn't comprehend the simplest of questions. All he knew was that when it booted, it told him it needed a start disk or some such. Well, with such vague descriptions and his obvious lack of tech skills, I assumed he was using some version of DOS and handed him a bootable floppy I had in my bag (I know, Tsubashi is very weird).
The next day he confronted me angrily and accused me of making fun of him by giving him a blank disk! I stammered out some sort of apology, pulling out a duplicate disk and offering it to him. He was quite adamant that I come personally and fix it. Feeling rather abashed, I scheduled to meet him at the next opportunity. The day came, and suddenly I found myself facing a computer type I'd never seen before. Hesitantly, I switched it on to see what the error was. To my eternal shame, I didn't recognize it. I stared perplexingly at the image: a hand holding a blue edged disk labeled "Kickstart"
Looking back, I was quite the DAU myself, having never seen a miggy before. After rebooting a few times, I asked him what he wanted to do with it.
"Microsoft Word, duh!" He said, "My brother's always using the upstairs one"

Heaven help us
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on May 21, 2007, 10:50:22 pm
Quote*rolls eyes* ¬¬

In fairness, if they said that while looking at a KDE desktop, I'd sorta/kinda/maybe forgive them. ¬v¬

(KDE is very Windows-like -- a good way to absorb most of the culture shock for Windows guests. ^^)


Nope, we were just having a discussion about what Linux is exactly. He thought it was a company, but I soon corrected that notion, heehee...
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Alex Stankevitch on June 12, 2007, 04:44:11 pm
Hmmm, a funny story.....

Once while working in our shop I was talking to this completely stupid woman about networking in her house. She kept saying she wanted wireless though her house was think walled and couldnt get a good signal. So I was explaining to her about using cables instead as it would be cheaper. I told her that an RJ45 wire is "Wireless in a cable"
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on June 12, 2007, 08:52:02 pm
QuoteOnce while working in our shop I was talking to this completely stupid woman about networking in her house. She kept saying she wanted wireless though her house was think walled and couldnt get a good signal. So I was explaining to her about using cables instead as it would be cheaper. I told her that an RJ45 wire is "Wireless in a cable"


Well, if they can get away with "Jumbo Shrimp", "Wireless in a cable" could work...BTW, has anyone ever told you that you have the best siggy/avatar?  ;010

Names not included to protect the identity of the DAU, XD

"You mean, I could run Puppy Linux on my computer?"
Apparently, he thought Puppy was only for really old computers.

Added after 35 seconds:

Whoa, I'm at Windows 2000 rank! The XP-tan's very close (and cute!) sister system!
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: C-Chan on June 13, 2007, 02:04:49 am
Well in fairness, it looks like it would work only on old systems.  Which is why a lot of the user-generated Puppies tend to come prepackaged with fancier window managers.  ^__^

(Still, ya gotta love that retro Hacchanish look.... ^.^)

Now I have to admit I had a self-DAU moment recently,.... -.-'

I was SO convinced my PC had a black AGP slot (the baka C-chan being as old-fashioned as he is), that it was only after my new graphics card came in and didn't fit that I realized it was a PCI expresss slot.  ^__________^'

Damn whoever decided to make them look similar.  \__/

*sighs*

*goes off to Return department*
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Alex Stankevitch on June 13, 2007, 08:38:46 pm
Quote from: "Bella"BTW, has anyone ever told you that you have the best siggy/avatar?  ;010

Whoa, I'm at Windows 2000 rank! The XP-tan's very close (and cute!) sister system!


I made that sig myself, when I get round to it I might take some requests from some people. Its all help towards my Graphic Dsign course for college.

Also, as far as computers go, I only use Windows XP for general use and Knoppix (Linux) for diagnostics and other work. Its great as its bootable from a CD.

Added after 1 minutes:

Quote from: "C-Chan"I was SO convinced my PC had a black AGP slot (the baka C-chan being as old-fashioned as he is), that it was only after my new graphics card came in and didn't fit that I realized it was a PCI expresss slot.  ^__________^'


They are too similar arnt they. I nearly done it with an SLI board, though only stopped because I thought "Wait a minute, AGP doesnt come in SLI..."
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: C-Chan on June 14, 2007, 02:02:45 pm
QuoteThey are too similar arnt they. I nearly done it with an SLI board, though only stopped because I thought "Wait a minute, AGP doesnt come in SLI..."


Lucky that you stopped beforehand... guess the only DAU around here in that respect is me.  ^^;

Knoppix, in my opinion, has hands-down the best hardware detection of all the Linux Distros and certainly has enough apps to keep you going while your fixing your machine.  Unfortunately the default KDE environment is a bit too top-heavy for very old systems,... now while I COULD load up Knoppix using a different window manager, I usually just end up using Puppy Linux in jobs like those.  -v-
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on June 29, 2007, 12:14:12 pm
I think this qualifies as funny...

As you know, I got K8 my laptop back from Best Buy where they sent her to be repaired. All seemed well, but recently, I noticed something...
The keyboard had to be replaced because of some key problems. But get this...the left and right arrow keys are BACKWARD XD
The one of the left is pointing > and the one on the right is <

heehee
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Icelilly on June 29, 2007, 04:24:37 pm
Quote from: "Bella"I think this qualifies as funny...

As you know, I got K8 my laptop back from Best Buy where they sent her to be repaired. All seemed well, but recently, I noticed something...
The keyboard had to be replaced because of some key problems. But get this...the left and right arrow keys are BACKWARD XD
The one of the left is pointing > and the one on the right is <

heehee

That sounds like a similar story of mine!

I took a programming course for my second semester in school. When I went in my class for the first time, my keyboard was missing the escape buttion and an arrow key. It had some broken buttons and two of arrow keys were backwards. It took my school a month to give me a new keyboard. XD
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: C-Chan on June 29, 2007, 10:48:47 pm
QuoteAs you know, I got K8 my laptop back from Best Buy where they sent her to be repaired. All seemed well, but recently, I noticed something...
The keyboard had to be replaced because of some key problems. But get this...the left and right arrow keys are BACKWARD XD
The one of the left is pointing > and the one on the right is <


I knew it!  I knew it!  Live proof that those Worst Buy bastards ravage poor K8!  Fiends!!  Scoundrels!!!  Scallywags!!  ^0^

Where are they?!  I'll give 'em a piece of my mind!  And a knuckle sandwich,... or make that a whole panini!  `0'

QuoteI took a programming course for my second semester in school. When I went in my class for the first time, my keyboard was missing the escape buttion and an arrow key. It had some broken buttons and two of arrow keys were backwards. It took my school a month to give me a new keyboard. XD


Dang, and I have keyboards up the wazoo here....  ;___;

*hears mountain of keyboards collapsing*

Maybe I'm donating stuff to the wrong schools...?  -v-;
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on June 30, 2007, 05:32:49 pm
QuoteI knew it! I knew it! Live proof that those Worst Buy bastards ravage poor K8! Fiends!! Scoundrels!!! Scallywags!! ^0^

Where are they?! I'll give 'em a piece of my mind! And a knuckle sandwich,... or make that a whole panini! `0'


I'm just glad all K8's memory is intact :P

QuoteI took a programming course for my second semester in school. When I went in my class for the first time, my keyboard was missing the escape buttion and an arrow key. It had some broken buttons and two of arrow keys were backwards. It took my school a month to give me a new keyboard. XD


At least it wasn't missing anything really important...hehe...

As for funny stories, a few days back I showed my friend SAM Linux running Beryl.
Friend: "This must be what a Mac is like."
But it gets better.
My dad: "And this isn't even made by Microsoft!"
My response...something like: ;040

Random quote:

"Apple...more like a crabapple to me"

(a friend said this after seeing a really little Mac notebook in a TV ad...it did look quite small...)
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: troubled_tux on July 17, 2007, 06:48:42 am
friend: may i borrow your flash drive
me: sure. you can also boot from there if you want.
friend: cool... (looks confused)
me: I have Ubuntu there.
friend: (looks worried) is that a virus?
me:  ;015
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Kami-Tux on July 18, 2007, 05:24:14 am
I found this gem on daujones (http://www.daujones.com/detail.php?usrid=8041) and will just summarize it:

Big Boss: What does 'rtfm' mean? Someone replied that to me after I asked a question in an online forum
Exploitee: Was that $forum at $time?
Big Boss: yeah
Exploitee: Are you in a good mood?
Big Boss: Of course!
Exploitee: Is everything okay at home? Children are doing well?
Big Boss: (confused) yeah
Exploitee: good, rtfm means 'read the fucking manual' and means that the question is both trivial and answered in the documentation.
Big Boss: (starts becoming angry)
Exploitee: Oh, and the person who said that, that was me.
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Tsubashi on August 08, 2007, 10:27:16 pm
The dialogue says it all ^-^


Me: "The ethernet card you supplied doesn't work under Linux."
Tech Support: "Have you installed the DOS drivers?"
Me: "I'm using Linux, so the DOS drivers won't work."
Tech Support: "Why not?"
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: C-Chan on August 08, 2007, 11:08:27 pm
Fufufu... kinda reminds of the time a coworker reneged to try out Linux cause she couldn't afford to "buy a new computer and software".  ^^;

.......................... ^__________________^;

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She tried it out eventually, though. ¯v¯
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on August 09, 2007, 12:00:45 pm
^^^

Sounds like my dad when I told him about Linux'.

"And how much will this cost?"
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Tsubashi on August 09, 2007, 09:38:38 pm
People who don't know what linux is are so funny!


My Friend: "What's that operating system?"
Me: "Linux."
My Friend: "You better uninstall it!"
Me: "Why?"
My Friend: "The government uses Linux to look through your computer and see your every move. They use it as a security camera into your world."
Me: "...."
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on August 09, 2007, 10:59:28 pm
QuotePeople who don't know what linux is are so funny!


My Friend: "What's that operating system?"
Me: "Linux."
My Friend: "You better uninstall it!"
Me: "Why?"
My Friend: "The government uses Linux to look through your computer and see your every move. They use it as a security camera into your world."
Me: "...."


Oi. I hope he was joking  o_o

I first heard about Linux several years ago, mentioned in an IBM commercial. I thought it was some sort of mainframe computer or something, XD
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: C-Chan on August 09, 2007, 11:08:19 pm
Ah man, and I just ate...!  X__X

Now where's  wastebasket when you need one....?  oX___Xo

*scurries off frantically*

*censored*

*trots back, looking sickly*

That reminds me, this isn't so much a silly story, but just an interesting thing my friend asked today while I was demonstrating VirtualBox at work (we played a game of chess on a virtualized Ubuntu after hours).  While I was discussing this and that, he asked me if one could install Linux as a "primary system".  

Answer:  not only is that possible, but I've been doing it for 2 years now... ^___^
In fact, on my computer I got it backwards,... I have Linux hosting Windows inside Virtualbox... ^.^
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on August 13, 2007, 12:28:26 pm
Some "Windows Zealot" gold from my father (on getting a stable "work computer" in the future).

Pops: You know, I'd need a really reliable computer. Like an Apple.
Me: O__o "But you hate Macs!"
Pops: "It's not that I'd want to use one, it's that I'd have to!"
(Note: doesn't that sound like a Windows line?)
Me, thinking: *Omigod, hell is going to freeze over any day now...*
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: C-Chan on August 13, 2007, 01:19:24 pm
Fufufu... now all we need is for pigs to fly.  ^___^

*mysteriously sprouts wings*

What the deuce?!  @___@

*floats away*

Huh?!  WHA--?!!  HELP!!!!  >0<

(http://www.liveeverett.com/Portals/3/flying%20pig.jpg)
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on August 26, 2007, 01:17:49 am
QuoteFufufu... now all we need is for pigs to fly. ^___^

*mysteriously sprouts wings*


Well he has a valid point...he wants a machine that can run PS fast and flawlessly and is rock-steady stable (both hardware and OS).

Or, it may just prove a personal point that a lot of close-minded "zealots" actually have many misgivings about their OS.

Another funny thing I found out while traveling...

I have M$ Encarta Encyclopedia 2003 (so old!!!) installed on K8.

Many people think Wikipedia's corporate articles are very un-neutral. But I swear I've never seen anything like Encarta when it comes to glossing over the truth.

As a lark I searched for "Windows ME"

And surprise, not one article, not on paragraph, not one mention of ME. So I looked for XP. Yippee! On mention! I felt very adventurous, so I looked for Linux. Hey! Here under Unix! It says it's a OS (c'mon, everyone knows it's a KERNEL!), made by Linus Torvalds and collaborators worldwide. DEC had a very brief article, but with no mention of any of their OSs. And, oddly, I thought the Apple/Mac articles were rather pleasant (while not very informative).
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on September 23, 2007, 10:46:52 pm
It was funny; Yesterday I put my laptop, K8, on the kitchen table for the night, and later someone placed my Aunt's iBook right next to it. Next morning I joked to my Grandfather, "awwww, cute, our computers are cuddled up!"

He joked back, "You better watch it, in about 9 months, they're going to have some little iPods."
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: C-Chan on September 23, 2007, 10:50:32 pm
O__o

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^___^'

(http://ostan-collections.net/imeeji/albums/os-tans/Apple-Mac/normal_1118525331148.png)
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: NejinOniwa on September 24, 2007, 06:12:11 pm
O.o
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on September 25, 2007, 03:31:29 pm
I don't know what was funnier, the joke itself, or hearing a man 60+ years my senior say it XD

Made this come to mind for just a second O__o

http://fc03.deviantart.com/fs12/f/2006/336/2/0/Mac_VS_PC_connection_by_Nire_chan.jpg

*Gets handcuffed and walked out of thread*
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: NejinOniwa on September 25, 2007, 03:50:07 pm
You hopeless, hopeless, HOPELESS girl... >w<
SAVETH!!!
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on September 25, 2007, 03:59:00 pm
Yes, I should probably have my head checked out for finding that so funny O___o
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: SleepyD on September 26, 2007, 01:23:53 am
LOL...... oh, Bella....

"Hello, I'm a Mac."
"And I love you."
"Today I just... wait, wha--"
*MMMMWWAAH*


hahahahaha.... *bricked*
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: CaptBrenden on September 26, 2007, 01:45:10 pm
oh god, hide that from Icelilly quick!
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: VonDaab on September 29, 2007, 06:13:01 pm
About a year ago my bro called me and asked if I knew anything about macs. I said that I knew something.
Next thing, bro arrives at my home bringing 2 first gen. imacs with him.
Anyways, ones HD was broken, unfortunately it was the one with the 333mhz processor. The other one had the older 233mhz processor but OS9 intact. 1stGen imac construction isn't the easiest to dissassemble so I thought that I could fix the processor problem by swapping them.
So I scavenged the other one and built one working with the 333mhz processor and Rams combined about 340Mb.
I wasn't happy with the OS9. Time to get a newer one.
So after several hours of fighting, I managed to install a warezd OSX10.3.
As a really smart guy, I thought about updating the OS, well...
At 99% in the update, the mac froze up. A real "Lol Wut?" moment.
Booted, and got this:
(http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/5425/greatestmacintehworld1wq8.jpg)

Fell almost from my chair.
At this moment, I couldn't do anything but just laugh.

Indeed macs can get messed up.
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: CaptBrenden on September 29, 2007, 06:37:15 pm
thats why she is characterized as carrying bombs, cus when she crashes she crashes hard
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Tsubashi on September 29, 2007, 07:21:11 pm
Quote1stGen imac construction isn't the easiest to dissassemble so I thought that I could fix the processor problem by swapping them.


meh, They're not very hard at all. Nothing a screwdriver can't get you into. It's the old PowerMacs you have to watch out for. ^-^

QuoteSo I scavenged the other one and built one working with the 333mhz processor and Rams combined about 340Mb.


Oh? How in the world did you end up with 340Mb? There was only one 333 Mhz model released, and if I remember correctly there was only two slots for RAM. Besides which, the 333 Mhz model was only able to utilize 128Mb RAM anyway! ^.^

I've actually never seen that screen before, but did you try enabling verbose bootup? Might have helped pinpoint the problem.

QuoteI managed to install a warezd OSX10.3.


wait, nevermind. This is the problem!
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Techno the fox on September 29, 2007, 10:15:23 pm
I just remembered...I've always been into computers...
Once when I was younger I bought a Hewlett Packard Pavilion Built for windows 98 at a discount store for $5.00.

Well, when I get it home...It doesn't work...
I spent HOURS looking at that comp, trying to get it to work...I even bought A 6 CD-drive set from ebay, And Messed up one of my monitors by stripping the cord....All with no results...

Well, A year ago I decided to go back and give it one last look.
I open it up only to find....It doesn't have a hard drive XD

That day I really felt like a DAU
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Icelilly on September 30, 2007, 07:37:59 pm
A few days ago, some kids vandalized our computers that my class uses for programming. I actually thought they broke all computers when they didn't turn on. XD
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Techno the fox on September 30, 2007, 11:27:57 pm
Oh, All the senceless violence -_-
2K-Tan Forgive them..

Anyway...My computer scared the Crap out of me today.
I turned it on, and all it gave me was...A variation of the blue screen of death..Just blue...Absolutely nothing but a mouse cursor..

I turned it off because it was apparently frozen, Then when I turned it back on it did it again.

By this  point I was freaking because I had alot of files in there that hadn't been backed up yet.

I turned it off, Gave it a few seconds to rest, then when I turned it back on it acted perfectly fine.
Just a random glitch I guess.
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: CaptBrenden on September 30, 2007, 11:54:13 pm
i once  made a black drawing of a white circle and a line that looked kinda like O---  and then set it as the flag screen saver on the school computers.. looked like a sperm swimming on every computer in the class XD
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Bella on October 16, 2007, 08:30:13 pm
A few days back, kinda late at night, I was trying to finish some documents up. So I turn on K8 and--WTF?!?!?! It's the BSOD!

Needless to say, my heart just about skipped a beat. I immediately went for the power button (reflexively!) when...hey, this is the XP login screen....but...what just happened...?

Me, being the girl genius I am, decided about a week prior..."Wouldn't it be fun to set the Sysinternals BSOD screensaver: ( http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/Utilities/BlueScreen.mspx ) on my computer?"

At that moment I remembered that sometimes when coming out of hibernation/standby, the current screensaver flashes on.

A real Duh moment...

Also, here are some delightful "Haiku Windows error messages" that a friend emailed me :D

The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but
Countless more exist.

Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.

Program aborting
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.

Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.

Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.

Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.

A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.

Three things are certain
Death, taxes and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.

You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.

Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.

Having been erased,
The document you're seeking
Must now be retyped.

Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: CaptBrenden on October 16, 2007, 09:21:02 pm
I loled, Srsly XD
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: C-Chan on October 16, 2007, 10:48:18 pm
I'm not one for forwarding messages, but I'm gonna have to send that out to my friends tomorrow.  ^______________^

BTW, had a very similar BSOD moment.  My friend who I gave the laptop to recently panicked when he saw the BSOD on his machine after leaving it idly for a while, and came to me for help.  I asked him to move the mouse.  He did.  The BSOD disappeared and dropped him to the PCLOS desktop.

He set the screensaver to Random and apparently dropped in when it had cycled to the BSOD screensaver.  ^.^

Too bad he didn't stop by when the Guru Meditation would've been showing.  ^______^
Title: The lighter side of computers
Post by: Raffaele the Amigan on October 17, 2007, 08:27:57 am
In Italy it is mythic the notorious rumor of what happened in Olivetti major italian manufacturer of computer in the eighties...

A manager said to his secretary: «Please Miss, Could you make me 20 copies of this demo disk for all the board?»

And she left the room, and returned after some minutes with the original floppy disk and 20 copies of it as xerox copies on page sheets...  ;015  ;014  o_o  ;027