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Strip your computer, dangit!
rant : by Tommy - February 1st, 2005, 04:50PM
rant
Ok, so I started working on campus at the SFA student IT department, aka The SHACK. We are a spin-off of the Campus IT Department, centered around keeping students computers running. Yeah, you know where I'm going already. Well, the spyware and stuff can get out of hand, and for some people it's just too much of a chore to have to keep up with. I can understand how some people who don't spend as much time on the computer as you or me, can get lost in all the latest news when it comes to smashing spyware and virii, but I digress.

Most students on campus have either Dell, HP, or eMachine computers. All of which pale in comparison to the rocking systems you can build for less money - not the point.
All of these manufacturers completely cover the front of their cases with sales stickers, each one saying something different, some listing the system specs, "$100 Cash Rebate!", "Built to run Windows XP!", and all sorts of other crap. Every computer that I'm looking at right now has an Intel Inside or AMD sticker and a WindowsXP logo stuck on the bottom corner.

All of these stickers are pointless! Why do all of these people leave these stickers on the front?! Some even leave the protective film on scratch-prone surfaces! I think computers are the only consumer item that is allowed to be covered with stickers at sale time, and left on until its worthless. Think about it, you don't see 1987 Buicks going down the road advertising it's sleek "Manual sunroof. automatic, A/C, 1.5%APR!" features with a giant sticker on the windshield! So why a computer?! You wouldn't dare leave those static-cling stickers on your monitor or television. "Look honey, it's a Sony 27" TV! Remember when we got it? It had that on the screen when we got it out of the box, and it's still there!"
Strip your computer! The Internet demands it!
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+ Robert L.
  Jan 31, 2005 16:58
  
#232
ROFL!!! Funny flowerblossom. Most people aren't perfectionists like we tend to be.

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+ Paul A.
  Jan 31, 2005 19:09
  
#242
Strip it, FURIOUSLY! Oh yeah if it's been there a while then it leaves a bright spot on the case. Especially on old beige cases.

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+ Robert L.
  Jan 31, 2005 20:30
  
#252
HP puts more stickers than any of them I have seen. At least on their Pavilions.

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+ Jeff G.
  Jan 31, 2005 22:11
  
#256
yes yes so we should take off the advertisment crap. what about bumper sticker type material where you decorate it yourself?

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+ Robert L.
  Feb 01, 2005 10:48
  
#259
just the entire face of the case over with a power sander.

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+ Tommy G.
  Feb 01, 2005 23:52
  
#262
Grimlen, last time: Use punctuation.

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+ Corey T.
  Feb 01, 2005 23:56
  
#263
And capitalize, you scallywag!

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+ Dustin B.
  Feb 03, 2005 12:21
  
#269
FURIOUSLY!

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+ Dustin B.
  Feb 03, 2005 12:21
  
#270
Remember, a stripped computer is a beautiful computer. hmmm, could this be the beauty myth of PC's?

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+ Jeff G.
  Feb 03, 2005 16:10
  
#274
WTF stop being like a banana shocking english teacher.

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+ Dustin B.
  Feb 03, 2005 23:18
  
#276
ok, enlighten me what is banana shocker. he could just be giving help sometimes people need tips otherwise their sentences run together this isn't good because than one doesn't know when something ends or begins see

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+ Tim L.
  Feb 04, 2005 09:20
  
#277
I see a lot of stickers like that on consumer electronic devices in peoples homes - cordless phones, etc. Dopes. BTW - The plural for a computer virus is viruses - not the biological virii.

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+ Tommy G.
  Feb 04, 2005 10:15
  
#278
I didn't know there was a definitive answer on the plural of virus, or on the plural form of mouse. If you can give me a credible link, I'll change.

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+ Nate K.
  Feb 04, 2005 11:52
  
#279
My wife's HP is loaded with these stickers, and honestly, I've kept them on purely for the Kitsch aspect. Kinda like wearing a GI-Joe T-shirt, or Moon Boots. My favorite of these stickers says, "easy front access to USB and serial ports."

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+ Tim L.
  Feb 16, 2005 11:58
  
#374
Answers.com's responce to the viruses vs. virii argument

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+ Tommy G.
  Feb 17, 2005 08:56
  
#382
touche.

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+ Tim L.
  Feb 17, 2005 14:47
  
#385
I wasn't trying that hard.
Thanks.

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+ Tim L.
  Feb 17, 2005 16:14
  
#386
you misspelled response

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