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Is your PC your castle?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by secretdonkey, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I tried to come up with a better, more descriptive title for the thread, but that one will have to do!

    Anyway, I'm bugged. I have one particular acquaintance who has a habit of making himself at home on my home computer. This fellow went to high school with my wife and is part of her circle of friends... so, not a close friend, but certainly "part of the gang." When he's at my house, it's often in the context of a group get-together, and he'll often wander off and plant himself in my office. I've even taken to turning my computer off when I know he's coming over. Last weekend, I returned late from a Friday gig and he and another friend who were hanging out told me about how they'd fired up my computer to listen to all of my Apple Garageband files. So, all my dumb musical ideas/sketches that I would never play for anyone were summarily opened up for inspection...

    So, I'm not sure if I should be bothered by this or not. No one, but no one, ever uses my machines at work or home other than me. At work for obvious reasons, and at home because my wife has her own computer. I don't really have anything to hide, but it's an area where I'm just so *used* to having a sense of personal space.

    I wonder how other people who aren't used to sharing their PC feel about this? I know for sure that I would never walk into a friend's house and sit down at their computer uninvited. Am I weird or normal? (Bet I'll regret asking *that* question!)

  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    You're just fraid he'll find your porn
  3. Gia


    Feb 28, 2001
    we have 4 housemates so what is ours eventually becomes communal.
  4. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Wrong: My taste for hoofed animals is NONE OF HIS BUSINESS!!! Or yours! :D :D
  5. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Get a password program. He'll get the clue.
  6. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    The computer I use at work is completely off-limits for everyone. I hardly take any backups and I can't afford any loss. I dont understand how people get heartbroken over this.. At home it is pretty much communal. Just games and music.
  7. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    To more fully address the thread, I guess I do get annoyed when people use my computer without asking, this comes partly from growing up with a little brother that would use my stuff all the time without asking often times directly or indirectly causing it to break, or become unusable.

    Also, my computer is fine tuned for my activities on it, so when other people use it to check email or their homepages or AIM or whatever, it throws my efficiency out of whack. Of course I could always just create a solid 'guest' account for people, but...I don't really care enough.

    My computer isn't my castle though, because it's a laptop ;)
  8. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Yeah, why not just set your password for your pc? He won't be able to log in. It's your computer, he really shouldn't be just going in there and doing whatever he wants with it.
  9. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I have a couple Christian Rock True Believers living with me (hopefully not much longer). They're scared of what they might find on my computer.

    Ed- What WR said about the setup. The address bar is not for your abuse: it's the "Second Bookmarks" section of my computer. Nobody but my brother and I understand this. You want a link, you put it into Google or "Open Web Location" to get to it. Otherwise, you're messing with my system that can take a long time to sort out.
  10. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    It's more like you mobile home..... with a processor.... um, yeah! :ninja: :D
  11. Gia


    Feb 28, 2001
    or what you get in the mail :D
  12. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Do he use any of your other stuff too?

    Like your scotch, your beer, your food, your ceegars,
    your clothes or your wife's undies?

    I think that is pretty blatant, kind of like going through
    your drawers or notebooks.

    1] Ask your wife to mention to him politely when your
    not around that ' That's the @$$es$ computer and he
    doesn't like it when ... ' Since it is her friend. after all...


    2] Next time take the bull by the horns,
    'Uhhh, I don't mean to be an @$$ but *** are you
    doing on my computer, bunghole?


    3] Do the wimpy route and put a password on there
    or a sticky note saying,' Busted', or 'don't turn on, fried ...'

    My old one used to have a mechanical key, that did have
    its uses.
  13. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    That key idea is a good one! you could still install one of those pretty easily. Just put in in line with the power button. But then you have to drill a hole in you mac.
  14. atldeadhead


    Jun 17, 2002
    I don't blame you for being upset. I'd be PO'd too. Remember PC stands for "Personal Computer". Your house ain't the library.

    As other have recommended, start using a login password. Make sure you give the "Administrator" account a password as well. By default that account doesn't have a password and your wife's buddy may try to login using the admin account. I'd also recommend putting a password on your screen saver. If your in the charitable mood you could setup a limited access guest account like Blisshead mentioned. This way mr. intrusive can still use your machine but he won't be able to do much other than basic web browsing. I'd name the guest account something like "NRFP". He'll ask what it means and you can say "No respect for privacy" :).

    If you haven't already, let your mrs. know how much this is bothering you. She can let mr. intrusive's wife know about it and thus mr. intrusive will get a repremand from his wife. You could also be more blunt and tell mr intrusive face to face that you'd rather not have him using your computer. Let him know your not trying to be an a-hole but you feel weird about other people who don't live in your house using your PC. He's probably to thick headed to realize that this is way out of line. You just need to set him straight.
  15. I hate it when other people use my computer. I have even gone to the extent where I put together a PC for my brother so he didn't have to use mine. I don't know what it is about my computer, at work I share half a dozen computers with other people on the office (I work as a network administrator). So I guess I just like my private space when I get home. Its not that I have anything to hide its just one of those things, like sharing your toothbrush or something...
  16. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    I dont mind other people using my computer as long as they ask. All my friends know I'm anal about my computer, so they don't muck it up.

    Plus it's password protected so nobody can get to it unless I let them.
  17. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    If someone messes with my computer, I go mushroom cloud....
  18. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    You could use this as your desktop, that might
    scare him away ...

  19. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Lock the door to your office.
  20. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    Go into System Preferences and disable autologon. You'll need to punch in a password when you boot up (and optionally when you wake from sleep) but that will end your friend's snoopiness.

    I don't want people poking around on my PowerBook either.

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