. . . by what PCs I find in use and their condition. From the general ‘found in use’ file:
A gateway Pentium 100 / Win95 / 32MB RAM / 4GB HD. This PC was (and actually still is) being used for invoicing . . . nevermind that it’s slower than molasses in Januray, and it literaly takes >5 minutes for the monitor to display an image after it’s been turned on . . .
From the ‘Oh my God’ condition file:
A Toshiba Satellite laptop running WinXP Home that was so riddled with viri & malware that you could not gain access to any user session (not even Administrator in Safe Mode) . . . had to format & re-install. Oh yeah, and this was a small mom & pop business, and ‘mom’ used this laptop to do bookkeeping – yep, you guessed it – all of the QuickBooks data on this puppy and no backup. Luckily for them, the hard drive was still intact, so I was able to pull the HD and slave it into a PC to grab the QuickBooks data before reformatting. And a note on the Toshiba Satellite notebooks – they’re not exactly designed to be worked on. The only thing separating the hard drive in my Dell Inspiron 8200 from my hot little hands is a single screw. On this Toshiba, it was 26 screws (which included removing the display) . . . Definitely not for the faint of heart . . . :^)