Hey /g/, whats the worst mistake you made on a computer or any device? We aren't perfect obviously, but there are some really dumb things we did at some point.
>>Install bumblebee and primusrun on Ubuntu for steam
>>accidentally sudo apt remove bumblebee on both
>>fuck up the system so bad i had to get it restored
>>mfw 1 yr of programming work down the drain
extra points for hardware related issues or Ubuntu/Debian systems
I had my F11 key pop out on accident once, and I left it sitting next to my computer. My dog ended up getting to it and I found it later in his bowl, partially chewed up.
Even today, I dun fuck up.
Forgot to clean the dust out of the front air vents on my PC at a time when I was doing a lot of gaming. by time the computer started having issues, it was already too late. I lost a motherboard, a power supply, and a hard drive to overheating.
My cousin had a computer like what you mentioned. He was one of those hardcore gamers that had a monster system and needed the max amount of venting possible for it. After like 3 years of having it, not even cleaning the vents, the CPU got so hot we actually found melted plastic at the bottom of the case.
We figured it was some Lego he accidentally dropped in there because of his brother, but we still don't know to this day.
1996, tech support instructed me to "deltree windows" on my win95 box before I knew anything about computers. Seeing a blinking DOS C: prompt was terrifying.
gave my grandpa a stroke showing him that scary face maze game thing. it was the last thing he ever saw
>Be in middle school
>Teacher asked me to set up her laptop
>Installed 3 antiviruses and 2 permission controllers
>Didn't know what x86 and x64 was so I got some of each installer
>Wouldn't even boot
Another thing that still haunts me:
>>be me 8 yrs ago
>>looking for free games because was a poorfag
>>found legit looking site that had "free games"
>>entered email address and stuff
>>got a ton of emails later for porno, diet pills
>>mum got angry and told me to email them back
>>only got more
>>computer then got infected by one of the emails
>>mfw my greed costed me 1 computer and email address
>messing with my GS3
>experiencing some digitizer issues
>"maybe I can take the LCD off and switch it with my dad's so he'll buy himself a new one and I'll have a working screen"
>take apart the whole phone fine
>get to the LCD
>prying the bare LCD off the phone
>hit lock button on accident to see the screen kick on
>no sooner than 3 seconds pass when a small corner of the LCD cracks and the whole screen goes dead
>retrieve old flip phone from closet and cry
A bit more programming related but okay
>programming a graphics engine with C++ and OpenGL
>started using vectors instead of arrays
>started reading into more data storing methods C++ has
>see Deque is faster and has more features than Vector
>change every std::vector with std::deque
>make some niftier sorting algorithms
>slow as shit
>graphics look horrid
>terminal emulator starts fucking up, no regular characters, some weird UTF 8 shit I've never seen
>commands don't work
>scared as shit
>realize std::deque allocates it's memory exponentially by what it already contains every loop run
Never use library functions without reading the source code.
>be reinstalling for some reason I don't remember
>fdisk fuck year I got this
>delete partition and reboot without making new partition
>windows install won't detect harddrive not even for fdisk to set a new partition
>go to best buy or some shit and buy rhel
>discover the horror of the winmodem
and that was my first dance with linux
There was a time when I thought I could turn my PS3 into a Linux system using a thumbdrive when my computer broke down. It turns out I needed to do a whole bunch more to make it into a linux system than I anticipated.
I tried to make it work but ended up fucking up the insides of the PS3 with my attempt for a complete factory wipe all the way to the base model of it.
>working on a server
>need to get a chroot set up
>bork the etc in the chroot
>sudo rm -rf /etc instead of sudo rm -rf etc/.
>"Hey boss, got to bring down this server for a sec to finish up the chroot"
>"sure go for it anon"
>shut down server
>detach drive mount it on another server running the same sort of stuff
>cp the /etc/ from that server to the wrecked server
>move drive back boot it back up
>finish the chroot
>no one is the wisers
>next week someone 777's /etc on a test machine
>freaking out because he will lose all weeks work
>Don't worry bro I got this
>pretty young, no job
>save change around 9 years ago
>buy ipod classic 5th gen with said change
>own for 8 years
>out with friends one night, forgot it in my car
>go back, it was so fucking cold
>won't do shit
Something felt so wrong when I went back to get it, it's true you feel your loved ones go...
tilted my computer to mess with wires behind it
it slipped, fell and wouldn't turn back on
checked all the boards
nothing was wrong and i started to freak...
til i noticed the power supply switch turned itself off
>build computer first-time with my dad as a college thing
>few months in
>computer is having problems
>bluescreen bluescreen bluescreen
>programs randomly crashing
>think it's a virus and go through multiple virus removal programs: no change and nothing found except "not a virus.exe" which I got rid of
>even have a friend who's more of a techie than me look at it and he can't pin it down to one thing
>get new RAM: doesn't work (more later)
>friend tries putting RAM in when I went to take a shit, breaks the RAM clips on the MOBO (got pretty upset)
>get new MOBO: doesn't work
>bring it in to a specialist because I'm about ready to toss this homebuilt PC out a fucking window and I'm almost 200 dollars out of new parts
>"Oh hey it was bad RAM and bad Windows 7 installment, I got you new RAM and Windows 7 that will be 190 dollars"
>300 fucking dollars later it works perfectly fine to this fucking day because this idiot didn't quite put the RAM in all the way when he changed it out
At least I know viral programs and troubleshooting like the skin of my dick
I remember I was building my current rig and I put watercooling in it. I ended up leaving it open while I was in the bathroom, which was fine until my brother took a pair of scissors to the tubing and cut them. It wasn't activated with the water and everything yet, but it was a pain to cut again.
>at my cousins house as a kid
>messing around on his computer
>"yo check this out"
>go into msdos
>put in a bunch of commands that I watched my brother do on his computer
>"Damn where did you learn all this"
>-shrug- just good I guess
>format his computer
>go home before his dad gets back
>2 months old laptop needs bios update because of video issues
>Flash program tells me to plug in the charger so it connect it to the laptop
>Start the flashing of the bios
>Get something to eat
>Come back in room and laptop screen is black
>Try to boot it
>Charger not connected to a wall outlet
>laptop is kill
I remember my friend and I as kids were online and we found this ad for dietary pills. Being curious, we pressed on one, only to be scammed.
Also, there were the pay-to-play in game currency "code generators" they had. Those always sucked.
tar -cvf *.cpp *.hpp Makefile
I made this mistake a couple of weeks ago. I now use Git for everything and commit any time I so much as think about archiving my sources.
Also, deleting a Linux partition while forgetting that that's where my master boot record was located.
>let it destroy my life
>play wow again
>it destroys my life again
>still rebuilding life
That, friends, is why I no longer play ANY computer games. I am too weak.
I am just some filthy casual that plays a couple game of Black Ops 2 a day or something.
When I was 12 I tried installing Ubuntu from a CD-RW and the Live Disc feature wouldn't work so I figured yea I'll just install it. I got a grub-rescue prompt and panicked. My dad brought my PC to best buy and Geek Squad told me I had a broken Hard drive and CD drive. I knew all I needed was a format I just didn't know about Gparted and shit. 200 bucks later and an asswippin' I was scared of Linux. I was happy with my Vista.
Swapped my Chinkpad screen without taking out the battery. Now theres a nice pair of cables running below the keyboard that shouldnt be there.
Whats worse is there wasnt a real reason to swap it to begin with.
Didn't eat my pride and get a php dev position during the pre2k boom. I could have, and I just couldn't do it. Big mistake. Could have bankrolled my education, travel, retirement, instead of only taking jobs that used technologies I liked.
>next week someone 777's /etc on a test machine
>freaking out because he will lose all weeks work
>Don't worry bro I got this
I don't get it
no, I think the static electricity destroyed it
>playing Xbox 360
>want some Microsoft Points so I can buy DLC
>search for ways to get free Microsoft Points
>find a website
>wants me to log in with my Windows Live ID
>think that I can just quickly change my password if this turns out to be a scam
>enter my Windows Live details and hit log in
>go to change my Windows Live password
>it's too late
>mums credit card is attached to my Windows Live account
>scammers make a transaction using my mums credit card
>have to call Microsoft and they refund the transaction and lock the account on Xbox.
RIP my old Xbox Live account. I had just finished One Shot One Kill on veteran on CoD4 earlier that day as well.
>be me xDDD
>3 years ago
>building v2 of my rig with updated ivy bridge and shit
>z77 pro3 from asrock
>pretty good, worked for 2 years until I decided to change
>while building it
>I accidentally the atx holes with eatx holes
>don't ask how, even if there's the backplate I managed to fuck up
>try to pull out the mobo from the case
>one screw (the center one) still in place
>north bridge plastic heatsink pops off
>starts sweating like a piece of butter inside a microwave
>carefull snatch that thing on again
>suddenly became religious: christian, buddhist, indhu e vafanghul
>starts praying with every possible object I could find
>boot pc for the first time
>works well and has worked well up to a year ago until I changed system
Who said AsRock is low tier?
the one and ONLY time ii posted a facebook pic of girl that i banged on /b some anon told me to stop posting pictures of her and then the next day she had blocked me on facebook
how did she find out it was me????
im still spooked
>>>mfw 1 yr of programming work down the drain
you dumb retard
just re-download an ubuntu live CD, boot it, and copy the files off of your hard drive on to a flash drive
all your work is saved, tada
jesus fucking christ im stupid.. i wonder how many people know im a creep now
I would asume the average woman has had 10x more sex than the man shes currently fucking so I wouldnt worry about that. This anon just had bad luck.
>be about 14
>have budget sony ericsson k3...something
>be epic hacker on se-nse forums
>flash it with a load of custom menu's/patches and shit (os was mainly XML for the menus, easy to customize)
>one day decide to remove simlock
>accidentaly drop phone in the prcess
>battery falls out while writing directly to boot memory
>thing is bricked
>about 4 weeks of allowance gone
Either that or installing kazaa
try like X100
is the filename thing really true when i reverse image search fb pics i get nothing and this girl is bretty dumb and has a lot of dumb friends
sorry, missed a word, recursively. if you do it to a cloud server it bork ssh and sudo so they were not able to do anything on that server. I fixed it the same way I fixed the deleted etc
lel, youre on the fbi watchlist for life now
Here, have a superior version.
>We all got scammed in some gaming-related event in our childhood at least once, mate
Even all of our grandfathers lost money to filthy fucking carneys at a fair. Children are easy money.
I did this too, when I was eleven
>why do all these 'teen' websites not have anyone under 18 that's stupid
>knew that cp was illegal but somehow didn't make the connection between that and it not being on the internet
>google it several times, eventually give up
Have issue with audio system on pc.... horrid buzz on speakers... Research test system. On another system all same gear and cables.... No issue. Think I have grounding loop on pc or crappy board layout and picking up noise. Buy new rig same fucking issue... Flip my shit try different USB cable with ferrite cores no issue. But a new rig for nothing...
>go on runescape and tell kids to change their password to "money" to get a shitton of money
>reap the benefits and steal accounts
Like taking candy from a baby
I did feel a little bad about it though I probably upset some nice people
>be a young teen
>Google for "kiddy porn" because I wanted to see girls closer to my age
>only find some child modelling websites
>weeks later a relative is on my computer
>types "k" into Google and gets that search autofilled
>shrug and blame it on my dad
Nothing ever happened but this could've gone really wrong for my dad.
>be me, 6 year old
>mom lets me use her computer when i ask but don't put games or anything on it so i would get bored and don't ask for it anymore
>start having fun touching random things
>somehow i get into the boot configs,
>somehow i put password on the boot
>next day, come back from school she is mad as hell, couldn't log into the computer and lost a day of work
>i type the password(her name) while crying and rubbing my sore ass
Didn't mess with computer again until at least 14 years old, i got scarred man, i never seen her that angry
came into lab on weekend
server room was especially cold so I turned off half of the chiller units
many hours later I finish my upgrade and I go home
I forget to turn the chillers back on
next day the techs say I destroyed about $30K of hard drives due to overheating
I feel pretty stupid
soon after development staff not allowed to work alone on weekends
which leads to less unpaid OT for me
>logged as root
>want to delete all files from current folder
>accidentally put a slash
Luckily not too many.
>Change format of harddrive from ntfs to raw
I dont even want to continue, bottom line I didnt know what the fuck I was doing. The devastation was quite something
>Didn't back it up
>It stops being recognized, bricked
Learned the motto "If you want to keep it, back it up" that day. Until...
>Spend a night doing some creative writing
>In a bought of hyperfocus, write some amazing shit for about 7 hours straight.
>week later reformat my harddrive
>finally got my dual boot lubuntu/win 7 with everything where I want it
>restore all of my backups
>forgot to grab the file
>try 3 different methods to restore the file
Its like burning a painting after youre halfway done with it. Kill me.
>had been mining potcoin for the longest time and had made bank on it before (like $400 for little effort)
>got new SSD, wiped old for storage
>realize my potcoin wallet is on it with like 27k
>restored it, still corrupt
Lost out on an easy gig selling them on ebay which I could have made another $800.
Felt so fucking stupid
Nothing too major. Maybe when I tried to clean my G700 with rubbing alcohol and ruined it but that was just a minor enough mistake that only cost me like $70 to replace (though the G700s uses noticeably shittier software which still pisses me off) I did accidentally wipe one of my main storage drives when reinstalling Windows as well and accidentally picked the wrong drive, might have been able to recover some but I just couldn't give a shit.
Wasn't really my mistake but I remember when I was a lot younger my dad built my PC for me and accidentally screwed a screw in the wrong place somehow (still not really sure how he did it) that shorted the motherboard so badly that it burned a huge hole into it and ruined it. Stank my room up with an awful smell for a while too.
>be literally 12 yo
>think its good idea to build pc
>never even owned a computer before
>ended up spending ~3k of my parents money
>crashes everywhere, nobody know how to fix them
>grow up to be apple user