November 3, 2003

Stolen PCs rescued after three weeks in a river

How do you want to kill your computer today? This article lists the top ten ways of destroying a computer, compiled by Kroll Ontrack, who the hapless souls contacted to try to get their data back. At the top of the list is someone who shot their computer with a gun, then realized there were important files that he needed to get back. But the article doesn’t go into much detail about those mishaps; more compelling are some of the user-submitted gaffes at the bottom of the page.

Right now, I am not kidding, I have had someone on the phone who said “we tried to forklift it” when I asked how it crashed.

Someone in an office was asked to copy a 5.25 floppy disk. Months later, someone checked and found a photocopy where the copied disk should be. Also the photocopy was old-fashioned even then and had wiped the original floppy.

During the day I was in the next room when I heard a noise coming from my bedroom and when I went to investigate I saw a monkey hopping out of the bedroom window with my laptop.

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