This spot is totally for all of the "post a link on your page/blog/thing to enter the contest!" sorts of things.
I WILL WIN!
My 3DS friend code is 1676-3752-0625, and here is my Mii QR :
Thursday. 2.9.06 8:48 pm
So I went w/ Tayla to teh mall.
And the local Software Etc had...
ADVANCE WARS! Not Bootleg!
RIVER CITY RANSOM!
Oh I am tittering.
Thursday. 2.9.06 3:25 pm
Here's the article.
Yay I got quoted
Here's my original response:
What are the most common computer problems that residents call you with?
Spyware and viruses. Mostly spyware, because the newer versions of Symantec that VT distributes (and other antivirus programs) will catch it, but since the antivirus program catches it, most people label it as a "virus". I don't see too many actual viruses. After these, most of my calls are about connectivity issues, though they are usually caused by viruses and spyware.
If residents do call you with broken computers, what do you tell them to do?
It depends on how it's broken. If they tell me its making odd noises, then usually it's a hardware problem, and I let them know that. I arrange an appointment to make sure, and let them know their options as far as getting the hardware replaced. If it's a software issue, I'll tell the resident to run a few programs that can be found on antivirus.vt.edu, and call back to make an appointment if running those programs didn't fix the problems.
Do you refer them to the bookstore?
Usually only if they have a warranty with the bookstore and it's something I can't fix. If their machine is out of warranty, I let them know that the bookstore is there, but I also let them know of other options as well.
What software do you recommend to extend the life of a computer?
If the computer's going to die, it's going to die. It's a good idea to have anti-spyware and antivirus programs like Spybot, Ad-aware, Microsoft AntiSpyware, Hijack This, Symantec Antivirus, a good firewall, back- up software (as well as media to back up onto). These will usually the computer from dying prematurely from viruses, spyware, some hacking, and other software related causes of death. If someone really wants to and tries hard enough, they can take control.
It's probably time to get a new computer when you can't run any of the necessary protection programs, or if it costs more to fix/upgrade your current machine. Or if you send it off for repairs, the repair company takes more than a semester to get it back to you, and when you do get it back, it's not yours. Chances are they won't be able to rectify the problem, and you can get a new machine.
It's also important to buy an external back up drive of some sort, so when the inevitable trip to computer heaven comes, you won't have lost your data.
Which brands do you frequently see with the most problems?
Dell, but only because so many people have them. If fewer people had them, there wouldn't be any difference between the brands.
Also, what exactly do you all do as RCCs?
We troubleshoot and/or fix resident's computers and related problems.
Can you possibly send me other RCCs
names and if there is anyone who works like, as your boss/supervisor,
can you send me their names too?
I have several bosses, though the one I normally correspond with is Anne Sheppard.
Since I am also part of Residence Life, I also keep in touch with the Slusher Complex Director, Laurica Yancey.
There's a listing of all of the RCCs, their contact information, and hours at http://computing.vt.edu/help_and_tutorials/rcc/index.html .
The Collegiate Times is funy.
Wednesday. 2.8.06 4:11 pm
(Yes, funny is misspelled. If you are on campus and have even touched the CT, you know the importance of that.)
So I got this email on Tuesday, asking for a brief interview by email.
I am writing an article for the Collegiate Times about how to protect
your computer, what's the best software to protect it with, and how
computers break, and when you should get a new one. I was wondering
what your thoughts on the topic were and if you had anyone you could
refer me to to help answer my questions. What are the most common
computer problems that residents call you with? If residents do call
you with broken computers, what do you tell them to do? Do you refer
them to the bookstore? What software do you recommend to extend the
life of a computer? Which brands do you frequently see with the most
problems? Also, what exactly do you all do as RCCs? I'm goin to try
and put a plug in for you guys. Can you possibly send me other RCCs
names and if there is anyone who works like, as your boss/supervisor,
can you send me their names too? Please send me any relevant
information that I could include in my article (please also send me
your major and year) - I have to turn it in by Wednesday at 1 pm.
Now, I have no problems with answering questions.
But when your "interview" is a block of text, without formatting? Strike one against professionalism.
I can deal with that, though blocks of text are highly annoying. (Cue end of Hendry voice)
Now, if you were arsed to read the unbroken block of text, you'll notice that in the last... sentence or two, the term "like, as" was used. You know, like, valley girl, you guys?
Yeah, that's... professional.
Good ol' Collegiate Times.
They'd better not misquote me, or anything of similar ilk.
Yay for boobs!
Wednesday. 2.8.06 1:44 pm
So I was walking into stat, and noticed my ear felt... un-dangly.
I reached up, and my earring was gone!
So I made a scene about my earring of course, because I got them for X-sam, and was wearing them for the first time.
I took off my coat, because I was going to go scour the hall, and the earring fell off of my chest.
Yay for boobs to catch falling earrings.
Xmas on black people time!
Tuesday. 2.7.06 11:04 pm
So I got my giftz0rz from twyl0r.
So far, I have handcuffs, lipbalm, and peppero.
We know whats going to happen with those.
Yum. But I'm not going to deepthroat it and have it break halfway down my throat.
You can never have enough, the more you use...
well... the softer your lips are.
Now I gotta wait for the last part...
Revelation du jour
Monday. 2.6.06 12:13 am
So I went to Krog0r to get some papertowels and razorheads.
I ended up getting everything else. Razorheads weren't on sale, but shaving cream was.
Today's revelation: Shaving cream is teh shit.
I ended up getting new soap, cookies, cereal, and some yogurt that's supposed to help keep me regular.
Hopefully I'll poop more.
Hopefully not as much as Dave... :p
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