Girlfriends and their computer 'needs'
I'm frustrated b/c of some silly stuff that happened at the DMV today and someone got on my nerves there. Totally unrelated to anyone I know but frustrating nonetheless. SO I figured I'd just start bitching and get myself in trouble. Just had to bust some balls about this.
A while back, I had a Dell 533 which was nothing special but it had a lot of RAM in it. At that time Kim showed no desire whatsoever in using it. After all, her Dell was better. So one day when I was busy proving why it's a good thing that I'm not an engineer, I fried my brand new hard drive I was looking to install. Got a new box and all was well. At that time, still not even a glimpse of interest from her in using it (other than to rummage through it like Inspector Clouseau trying to catch me in something. Then came the server which became my new domain controller. When I got it I made this little speech to the effect: "Listen, there's two other machines here if you need a computer. THis is my DC so I'd apprecaite it if you avoided using this one if at all possible. I set up a user account for you with limited permissions and applied group policy so you won't be able to do much. WeatherBug, Gator, CoffeeCup and all that other crap won't be able to be loaded so if you want to do something, just use the other machine. " That's where I screwed up... Macromedia invited me to become a member of their Flash Advisory Board and all of a sudden she could no longer use the version of Flash MX she had.
Only Flash MX 2004 would suffice. This started to get crazy b/c she simply can't use someone's computer without creating directories and installing some piece of software that's not on it. So she tried and Group Policy did it's job. She blew up at me saying I didn't trust her. I told her that if she didn't try to do anything that she promised she wouldn't, there wouldn't even been an issue, so she renegged first (I love whipping out my Second Grade Style when having a discussion with someone). Then she tried to find out the admin password (which was too long remember whlile pretendng not to be looking at it). I told it to her once and she got more mad that I used such a strong password. Never mind that I run a god damned web server off of it or anything. Then I installed Office XP, InfoPath and OneNote. I did it on a different partition but she caught me one day when I was in the shower. Mind you that the laptop has earlier versions of each of these but that wouldn't be good enough. She already has like 15 different directories on the laptop even though she promised to clean up anything that she messes up. And if you ever remind her that she promised not to make new directories on your machine (that belongs to my company), god be with you.
So now all of a sudden, she can't use Office 2000 anymore, every gosh darned thing has to be done in XP, everything. Then I got a new Printer/Fax/Copier. For two years she made it at my house without ever needing to print anything. Now all of a sudden everything is life or death and relies on using the admin account on my server, using my version of Flash MX2004, using Office XP, using the printer (especially color printing of 30 + pages) and of course, creating directories all over the place. Same goes for the registry. She insists that she can install all the shit off of ZDNET she can find and as long as she usinstalls it, there are no remnants in the registry. I've proven that this isn't the case many times and as I'm showing her the registry entries she'll say brilliant stuff like "Well my understanding is that uninstall undoes all this stuff so it's got to be something else". So I say, "Listen, can't you just use the virtual machine, or can't you just use one of the other machines, why do you need to install this stuff on the server? Most of it is total crap" THen she'lll break down "You don't like CoffeeCup, it's because you think I'm stupid and not good enough to be a programmer."
So I'll say "I don't even know what the hell it is and now, that's not the problem. The problem is that you insist on installing stuff on every machine in this house. If I force myself to keep some of the machines clean, why can't you?" This is where the logic gets really good "Well I don't know what the problem is, Uninstall gets rid of everything" Then I'll reply "Even if that was always true, you don't always run it and I have to clean up after it. You can say it 20 more times but that won't make it true." (Can you tell I was a philosophy major in college? In addition to advance logic and reasoning ability, I can say "Would you like fries with that in three different languages) Can't you just use someone's machine and not create your own shit all over it? Particularly on their desktop? Why do you constantly need to install stuff on everyone's machines? Why do you need to create directories on every single machine you touch. So I ask everyone here.... isn't it a bit presumptuous to just get on someone's machine and start creating directories and installing freeware? Especially after I bought her a 256 mb USB thumb drive.
In case you are thinking "Yes, but she's your girlfriend", she does this everywhere. My parent's computers, computers we log her onto at work, everywhere. It's like some kind of divine right that she has to pollute the world with ZDNet software and her own folder structures. And even if the "uninstall and delete all the folders when I'm done with them" argument was valid, isn't it totally negated if you forget to do that stuff all of the time? And what's wrong with sticking her in her own OU so she can't write to the rregistry? Or dumping her on a different domain or on a virtual machine so she can't mess anything up? And why is it that only after I install it, it becomes a life and death necessity that she has to use it. Why do I always have to be the one that's perfect? You know, perfectness gets a little difficult at times. It would be totally different if she said "Wow, Office XP. I haven't gotten to use it, is it all right with you if I check it out and see the new features - or possibly do my work stuff on it?" But the old "No, I have to use Flash MX 2004 and Office XP or I'll get fired and the world will crash into the Sun routine is getting old." And you should see her desktop and directory structures. She's got a P4 Dell with 768 mb or Ram and it runs slower than dirt b/c of all of the crap she has on it. It's like Spyware central. When I ran adaware on it, the fucking thing started to pray "Father forgive them for they know not what they do" .
Well maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit, but ever since she mentioned CoffeeCup, I just felt like cracking on it. If it was named DietCoke Cup it would be cool. But CoffeeCup is lame as far as names go. Why couldn't they make it DietCokeCup like I suggested, or BillCup or something cool like that? Anyway, I love my girlfriend and she's really great. I just wish she'd stay away from the computers. Or at least acknowledge that you don't have a divine right to start installing stuff and recreating directory structures on every machine you sit on. And that just becuase you buy a new Printer doesn't mean you have to stress test the ink cartridge the first night you have it on utterly meaningless junk. And you know, it's not hard being as perfect as me and not having any flaws either. It can get quite stressful at times. If you were to ask Kim, "Does Bill do anything wrong?" she'd definitely reply "Oh no, he's perfect. I don't think he can even conceive of doing anything that isn't perfect" Girlfriends + New Server + Registry Write Access = nightmare; Girlfriends + Sepearate OU + Office 2000 + Black and White Printer + Least Privilege = cool;