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(7th Grade)I bought the cheapest, shittiest smartphone Straight Talk had to offer when I got my first phone, not realizing how horrible the specs were. https://www.zteusa.com/zte-valet


(Freshman)I tried to tell a guy that my Droid Turbo had a faster processor than his PC


(4/5th Grade)I installed Ubuntu on my laptop using Wubi (some kind of installer from within Windows or something... not really sure how it worked to be honest) and then deleted it 5 minutes later because I was scared my dad would get mad at me about it.


(5th Grade)I wanted to record Minecraft footy so i installed this sketchy ass program that almost fried my laptop and most certainly gave it more bugs than an anthill


I've always kinda been a techie, as in being into tech, but never really understood a lot of things until I hit high school. So as a result I probably did a lot of dumb tech stuff.

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When I was in elementary school (maybe 4th or 5th grade) I setup an alarm script on my first computer I ever had for myself (Window 3.1 with Workgroups) and didn't bother testing it before going to bed. The whole house woke up to this blaring siren at 3AM because screw time zones and volume controls.

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35 minutes ago, KuJoe said:

When I was in elementary school (maybe 4th or 5th grade) I setup an alarm script on my first computer I ever had for myself (Window 3.1 with Workgroups) and didn't bother testing it before going to bed. The whole house woke up to this blaring siren at 3AM because screw time zones and volume controls.

That is actually quite impressive

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Installed a launcher on my xperia x10i and tried telling everybody on my school i installed windows phone on it.

They all believed me too!

Anyway, now that i know how android actually works, i realise how stupid that was...

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I almost completely bricked two laptops with windows 7 installed on them through general misuse and poor web safety. Only recently managed to revive them by upgrading them to windows 10 on "keep nothing" mode to just wipe all the shit off them. Worked pretty well, I mean neither of them are "good" as such, but for typing and web browsing they serve a purpose (they have bigger though not as nice screens as my ipad and for typing they're about 40,000X better than a touchscreen keyboard)

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10 hours ago, potatoproduction said:


So you never did a stupid tech related act ??


unless Linus gave birth to you i don't see how thats possible

My mom used to do computer repair when I was around 5 or 6, and liked to teach me new things wherever she could once she noticed my interest in them.

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...When I was 10 I thought a computer was the same as a engine ... like a VQ35, ...just thought the exhaust fan on my first computer was just the exhaust pipe. Now that I look back on that, if that was true... I'd be dead o.O

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I've always been a techie but I only really learned anything about hardware in the past 3/4 years. I used to think pc specs didn't matter and that intel and amd could fit in the same socket. When I was about 7 I started learning how to make stuff in flash, thought everything was made in flash and got confused why my flash files didn't run when I renamed the to exes.

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Around 6 or 7 years ago, I found a game at some book store called "Settlers." It was really cheap, so my parents went ahead and bought it for me. When I tried to run it, it gave me (on a computer that was really old by that time) an error, and when I told my sister about it, she went to tell my dad, who said I needed a new video card. Now, I had no idea what that meant, and I thought it was some specialized thing that certain games needed or something, but was otherwise useless. If only I knew...


Also, during that time, I was quite prone to accumulating viruses. My dad had to wipe my hard drive once, actually. I really messed it up. Though, that was a valuable learning experience for me. I don't think I've ever had a problem with viruses since then. At least, nothing I couldn't handle fairly easily.


I forgot to mention that up until a while ago, I still owned Settlers. I tried installing it on my desktop, but it still didn't work...I think that computer was too new, ironically enough. I'll probably never be able to play it...

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On 4/22/2016 at 8:53 PM, potatoproduction said:


So you never did a stupid tech related act ??


unless Linus gave birth to you i don't see how thats possible

If Linus gave birth to you (or his wife because it would be pretty horrifying if he did it himself. How would that even work? Out the rear? From the thigh like Dionysus?) I think you have a much higher chance of doing stupid tech-related things. 


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"anything with GTX in it is a monster graphics card!"

but really, i had a life

i moved schools 3 times,

school 1: talked A LOT

got popular


school 2: same as school 1

school 3: i said fuck it, i give up

now im dedicating my time making a post to strangers online and doing computer stufd

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ive been a techy since like 5. only thing stupid thing i remeber was that i wasnt able to run a game of of a shitty prebuilt pc and i told my parents they needed to upgrade to 32 gb ram in order for the game to work :| 

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So there I was telling my ignorant friends that the cable they just showed me and asked what it was, is a HDMI cable and they were like "Where the f**k did you learn this stuff from?", basically earning me my bragging rights, but as soon as I was going out of their room entered another of their friend and he was like "Hey what are you doing with this Ethernet cable?"

I sneaked out of the room and went to my room to google what a Ethernet cable looked like....Guess what....Never showed them my face for next 2 months of vacation  

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I was a decent level of techie overall most of my life in one way or another. The only 'dumb' thing I can think of was back then I thought anything with Nvidia in the name was immediately top tier gaming hardware xD


I think I also use to think AMD was superior to Intel in ever way no matter what just from listening to more techie family (little did I know they were just fanboys). Now I have seen the light!

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Mainstream media made me think a netbook is as powerful as a desktop and when I realized it, it was too late. 
I also used to think Macs were superior for gaming but that's just because I'm the only one in my class without a Mac (not that I couldn't afford one, just that my parents thought it's not for me). 

Also I blew up a GPU, an inno3d GT 8600



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I'm guessing you were hoping for juicy stores of life-long techies being idiots? Well, I've been using PCs since I was 3 or so, and first got inside of one when I was about 7. This is not my first PC but...



My late guinea pig computer. The "After" picture was taken a few months before I fried the CPU, Motherboard, Hard Drive, and (second) Power Supply, while trying to hotswap IDE hard drives. I pulled whatever still worked, and recycled the rest. I pretty much maxed the thing out entirely throughout the 10 years or so my family had it. Before finding Linus's videos, this was basically my Lego-bin that taught me everything I needed to know about building my gaming rig. The poor thing actually lived another 3 years after I started work on my gaming rig. 


Aside from that, when I was about 7 or so, I noticed that SNES and N64 games use the same cartridge socket, and thought to myself "Sneaky Nintendo, I'll bet the N64 is backward compatible and they didn't want anyone to know about it." So, I took an SNES game I had (which already lost it's shell, it was just an exposed PCB) and plugged it into the N64 to see what would happen. 


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On 4/21/2016 at 5:57 AM, Arty said:

I was a techie since day 1.

Been with computers, since i was 5, (probably younger i can't remember lma0)

Me too

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Completely obliterating the family PC with songs downloaded from Limewire. Oh the good old days of a hard drive being 95% full of trojans.

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I slept in my crib, played with colourfull things, cried in a stroller and liked drawing with crayons.

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(Black Glacier)


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Dual xeon x5679 processors, 24gb of ECC memory, Nvidia quadro 295 NVS and 48tb of storage.  (z600

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Drank milk from a bottle and watched Thomas the tank engine on VHS?


Ive been a techie since around age 5 when I got an Atari, and later a Mega Drive. Then it was nothing but PC gaming magazines, Sonic comics and then learning to self build PCs as soon as I discovered the internet in my school library.

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