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#61 Guest_LiquidCrystalMeth_*

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 00:14

Lol, I've formatted the wrong drive on a couple of occasions. I get through several stages of emotions when it happens. Mortification, anger, then acceptance.


Sorry had to quote this, thats the best thing ive read all week

Mortification, anger, then acceptance.

I can see that process in my head, as i suspect, can many


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Posted 04 September 2012 - 00:15

Sorry had to quote this, thats the best thing ive read all week

Mortification, anger, then acceptance.

I can see that process in my head, as i suspect, can many


Ill third it.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 00:22

Indeed. We wouldn't actually want you to be productive. :shiftyninja:


Sorry, Shane, not biting today :)

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 00:26

What are your worst computing mistakes?

Building one.

That's the best thing you can do! Hmm, my worst mistake has to be installing Ubuntu (or for that matter, any Linux distro. I have tried). Sure, it's free, but it always broke after the updates, which required tons of time to fix (or reformat) or Linux experts telling me "I'm doing it wrong" rather than helping to fix the problem. Time = money, so Linux != free

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 00:28

That's the best thing you can do! Hmm, my worst mistake has to be installing Ubuntu (or for that matter, any Linux distro. I have tried). Sure, it's free, but it always broke after the updates, which required tons of time to fix (or reformat) or Linux experts telling me "I'm doing it wrong" rather than helping to fix the problem. Time = money, so Linux != free


lol yea I enjoy it, but it has made me an unfit, wider than before recluse vs the bouncy full of energy kid with a six-pack and real friends

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 00:32

Dismantling the insides of my desktop without properly grounding myself, fried the damn mobo.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 00:34

We had a client who we were building two custom PCs for. One was to be shipped to Washington state, the other to Texas. I had everything perfectly setup so they could literally open up the box, turn it on, and VPN, Outlook, everything was all setup.

I shipped each one to the wrong location, priority overnight. About a $600 mistake.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 00:40

run a sql script on a wrong db schema.
deleted important tables on the development database.!!




back up was 2 months old

:rolleyes:

I can sympathize there - about 2 months ago, accidentally left out a where clause on a sql script, ended up deleting every entry on a table...

Thought to myself "Dammit!...ah well, I'll just have to recover it from the backups..."

Checked the backups (which I thought had been running daily) - last backup was sometime in March...

Lesson learnt: Backups! Backups! Backups! Every morning now, I check and double check to make sure both our on-site and online backups are running.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 00:52

don't really have many. Mostly formatting USB sticks I don't mean to. The only major thing I did was quickly fixed with a call to intel, was I tried upping the speed of my ram to 1333 which my MOBO supported but my RAM didn't (or other way around) and my PC would reboot right after post. Clearing CMOS didn't fix it, had to call intel and ended up having to reset the CMOS by moving a Jumper from operation to reset mode and reboot and reset up the CMOS and BIOS settings.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 01:33

I remember at primary school some kid told me that there was a game creator program in the control panel in windows 3.1.
I vividly remember the day being the longest ever as I waited to get home to find this program and make a game. I spent hours looking everywhere in 3.1 (although not many places to look - I was a kid) and literally clicking every possible thing I could.

Not really a bad mistake, but funny nonetheless. I never did find that game maker....

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 01:47

Wiped a hard drive for a customer. The son brought it in, and said wipe it and clean it, so i did, the mother came in to pick it up and asked where her 3000 pics were. :(

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:08

Buying a Matrox Graphic Card for a Gaming System...

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:09

I did an rm -rf * in the wrong directory. On a live production server.

I don't want to talk about it.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:28

The truly sad thing is, "I am just not smart enough to do something stupid, also that is the reason I am always doing stupid things."

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 03:30

while hotswapping a drive I accidentally plugged the power connector the wrong way. bye bye hard drive. luckily it wasn't my main drive or i would have been even more furious.

oh and another time I was resizing a partition on an external HD, and i accidentally unplugged the USB cable before it was completed...
i had to spend hours recovering my data.... not fun.