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    Ok then people, we've had the Stupid Users thread, now let's hear your Stupid Computer stories. What's the most bizarre thing you've ever seen your computer do?

    Like MS Calculator falling over when dividing 365 / 3.
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    Re: Computer Oddities

    Back in the day I demonstrated how easily a PC that has no AV etc can be infected when visiting malicious (well, porn actually) sites. After visiting 3 sites and clicking on a few links IE pop-ups started to appear, and they did so until Windows 98SE ran out of resourses and crashed, as I recall there were 92 IE instances running. It was great to watch.
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    • #3
      Re: Computer Oddities

      Any excuse to check out pr0n, eh?

      Windows 98 was a good platform by the standards of the day. IE on the other hand, is *still* the bastard son of browsers.
      Gareth Howells

      BSc (Hons), MBCS, MCP, MCDST, ICCE

      Any advice is given in good faith and without warranty.

      Please give reputation points if somebody has helped you.

      "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

      "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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      • #4
        Re: Computer Oddities

        It was an honest and true demonstration. I would never ever ever condone the viewing of pornographic material as it degrading to those involved.

        (Did i get away with that??)

        NT4 Server, NT4WK & W98SE, them wur the days eh lad...
        Last edited by g00ner; 19th November 2008, 14:08. Reason: Cant spell!!
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        • #5
          Re: Computer Oddities

          My bosses always seem to prefer "testing the colour calibration of my monitor / printer".
          Gareth Howells

          BSc (Hons), MBCS, MCP, MCDST, ICCE

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          "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

          "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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          • #6
            Re: Computer Oddities

            A few years back.
            A brand new desktop configured with Windows XP.
            It was able to access all internal resources but no external resources (could not browse the internet, etc). It was a small office network (small business), one server, SBS 2000 and 20 clients all XP's. These where protected by a router/firewall (Sonicwall). It looked like the Sonicwall was blocking access for that pc to the internet allthough the firewall was configured to "allow all" for traffic which originated from the inside. We tried everything from replacing the firewall to reinstalling the client, but nothing worked. A week later the PC died due to a problem with the motherboard. The motherboard was replaced on site by HP, which resolved the issue.

            Still can't explain how a faulty motherboard can cause these kind of issue's?!
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            • #7
              Re: Computer Oddities

              Other than a fault in the router not liking the original NIC's MAC address...
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              "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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              • #8
                Re: Computer Oddities

                Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
                Other than a fault in the router not liking the original NIC's MAC address...
                And that might be ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff ?
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                1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
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                • #9
                  Re: Computer Oddities

                  I've crashed a SUN workstation by turning up the volume...
                  I've crashed a WinNT4 box by compiling some basic Pascal...
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                  • #10
                    Re: Computer Oddities

                    I've crashed an NT4 box by blinking in the next building

                    Never managed to crash a Sun box though.
                    Gareth Howells

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                    "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

                    "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Computer Oddities

                      Has anyone here read the Jargon File's "A Story About Magic"?

                      Originally posted by Wired View Post
                      I've crashed a WinNT4 box by compiling some basic Pascal...
                      Pascal is so bad even NT4 can't stand it.
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                      • #12
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                        Pascal's antiquated, but not bad.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Computer Oddities

                          Part of our reason for looking at MS Dynamics is that one of our most critical systems was written in dBase III. Think Pascal may be the lesser of two evils

                          It was developed by our former CEO, and consequently there's no documentation.
                          Gareth Howells

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                          Any advice is given in good faith and without warranty.

                          Please give reputation points if somebody has helped you.

                          "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

                          "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Computer Oddities

                            Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
                            I've crashed an NT4 box by blinking in the next building
                            Are you sure that was NT4? Sounds more like Windows ME default behaviour.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Computer Oddities

                              Nah, ME was an ant farting on the other side of the world
                              Gareth Howells

                              BSc (Hons), MBCS, MCP, MCDST, ICCE

                              Any advice is given in good faith and without warranty.

                              Please give reputation points if somebody has helped you.

                              "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

                              "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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