[rescue] The best 'rescue' workstation

Kevin kevin at mpcf.com
Thu Apr 28 06:38:18 CDT 2005

I almost never do this type of stuff.  It just reinforces bad behavior and
does not encourage them to pay any attention to you.  I would tell him to
think about how he could have avoided this issue while he is doing it all
over again next semester.

I'm not picking on anyone here, but i think as a whole, IT/MIS people
coddle users much too much.


On Wed, 27 Apr 2005 13:33:47 -0500
Wes Will <wwill at siu.edu> wrote:

> >"Just"?  That's the HARD part.
> >
> >"If you make people think that they are thinking, they will love you.
> >But if you make them really think, they will hate you."
> You may lead a child to knowledge but you cannot make him think.
> (probably Bob Heinlein, but I'm not sure)
> "No, No.  You're not thinking, you're just being logical."  (IIRC, Niels
> Bohr)
> I just spent half an hour, with a typical student:  "If I don't get this
> stuff turned in, I won't graduate in two weeks." and then, "Backups?
> What's backups?"  
> 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.
> --
> wes will
> It's a living.  Sort of.
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