[rescue] The best 'rescue' workstation

velociraptor velociraptor at gmail.com
Wed Apr 27 16:30:05 CDT 2005

On 4/27/05, Wes Will <wwill at siu.edu> wrote:
> The required activity to get this idiot on his way, as you might suspect,
> was to disassemble another old micro-floppy (3.5) I had lying around and
> discard the media inside, disassemble the idiot-child's floppy, literally
> WASH then dry the media from it, and insert the freshly-scrubbed disk into
> the first (emptied) case.  Then a sector-capture utility and lots of
> patience later, voila', butt-head has the text of his documents back, go
> home, ten minute lecture on duplicating/backing up, to avoid this again.
> He'll be back, I have no doubt.

BTDT.  Student has a floppy with bad sectors.  Recover data,
tell student to duplicate it onto a new disk.  Student comes
back the next week with the same disk.  This time I say, "When
you come back to the help desk with a new floppy in hand, I
will recover this one."  And hand the broken one back.

<whine>"But you were able to make it work the last time!?!"</whine>

"Sorry, I refuse to do more work because you are too stupid
to follow instructions."

Student leaves and later comes back with a new floppy,
purchased for $2.98 at the bookstore.  After recovering the data
for the second time, I made the point of cutting the "bad" disk
in half while the student was watching.

At the time $2.98 was probably 2 longnecks at the Dixie
Chicken, so on some level I could relate (making $4.80/hr
at the time or something equally pathetic).  But still, why
didn't they just back it up after the first near disaster?


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