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achtung_circus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 07:55 PM
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Can a computer person explain this??
I live with my brother and his family. He works for a major bank, programming, network security, auditing outsourced programming, all that computer stuff.

The computer I use at the house is his. When it locks up, as it tend to do, he pushes some buttons, calls it a virus pit and goes away. The printer doesn't work, e-mail is a mess, etc, etc ad nauseum.

I use my laptop and my office desktop for anything serious (other that DU, not tolerated at work and laptop isn't connected)

What is it about a supposed computer guy that won't fix his own unit??
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FlashHarry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 07:57 PM
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1. I'm confused as to the problem.
Though, you could always buy a Mac... :)
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2Design Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 08:03 PM
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2. they don't have time...and don't care....or he is overwhelmed
and doesn't know what to do
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never cry wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 08:07 PM
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3. The cobbler's son has no shoes...
Edited on Sun Jul-25-04 08:07 PM by steviet_2003
Old saying, relevant in my case as well.
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Ivan Sputnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 08:07 PM
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4. Maybe
he resents you using his computer, consciously or subconsciously? Just a guess; obviously I don't know your brother.


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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 08:07 PM
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5. I know a lot of mechanics that drive wrecks...
Go figure! :shrug:
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 08:08 PM
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6. Hairstylist (used to be anyway) here with kids with the longest hair
on the block. I think he probably just doesn't like doing work at home. :shrug:
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ChoralScholar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 08:17 PM
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7. When I was servicing computers,
Edited on Sun Jul-25-04 08:18 PM by ChoralScholar
my home machine was in worse shape than many of the things I was servicing.

It's an 'I do it all day, I don't want to do it at home too.' thing.

True in most any profession. Except maybe adult film actors. :)

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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 08:24 PM
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8. Tracking down and fixing a virus-infected PC ain't easy
I know people who can take a PC apart and put it back together, but cannot handle anti-virus/anti-spyware tasks.

Your brother may just not have the skillset or patience to deal with the problem...

If that machine can access the 'net, point it to: http://housecall.trendmicro.com /

You can run the free scanner there that may be able to detect some of what's wrong.

After that look into installing and keeping up-to-date good anti-virus/anti-spyware/firewall software on the machine.
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TryingToWarnYou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 09:06 PM
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9. Does he know how?
Just because someone is a software engineer or LAN administrator etc. doesnt mean they know anything about the inner workings of their machine. My boss for instance is a brilliant guy and the head of our Technical area, but ask him to clean up a virus problem on a computer and he is lost.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 09:16 PM
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10. I'm the same way...
If it works satisfactorily well, I could care less.

If things go all wonky, then I'll grumble over it. :-)

I also take preventitive measures to ensure it doesn't become a 'virus pit'.

I've been around PCs for 10+ years. I learned my lesson in 1995 with a DOS virus, though even then I still intercepted it before it konked out the entire server.

You can never have too much protection...
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achtung_circus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 06:21 AM
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11. I think,
on reflection, thgat the cobbler's children have no shoes is probably the way to explain it. Thanks all.
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