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Neighborhood Tech Support

For our Geeks Illustrated issue, which will ship in late November, we're gathering reader horror stories on providing tech support to friends, family and neighbors. So far we've received a number of very funny stories (sadly funny actually). Here's one of my favorites from Tim Osborn.

I kept getting a call from my friend (let's call her Jean) to fix a floppy disk that was leaking data. I would sit down with her format the floppy write data to it and read it. Everything was fine until I would leave. I would go back to her office insert the floppy and it would be blank. I could not figure out what was going on. Finally one day out of frustration she called me I went over reformatted the floppy and started to leave. As I was walking out the door I looked behind me and saw her using a VERY large magnet to stick the floppy to the metal filing cabinet....!!! I couldn't believe it! I told her I think I finally know what your problem is..... The Magnetic Field of Death.

If you have your own story of tech support woe, send it to us, and we'll throw your name in the hat for a 50 dollar gift certificate to Amazon, and we just may publish your entry in our special issue of Network Computing. Good luck!