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Would porn on your computer prevent you from taking it to a repair shop?

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Yes 50% 19 Votes
No 34% 13 Votes
Undecided 16% 6 Votes

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Jul 18, 2013

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graymane (31) Golly, the many times that question has crossed my mind.
However, If I couldn't get my already established computer guy's needed help, I'd surely seek out whomever else I could trust ....... dirty pictures or not.

07-18-13  01:01am

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turboshaft (24) Far more personal information (site passwords, financial info, etc.) would prevent me from taking it to a repair shop before the porn ever had me worried.

And in this day and age of Tumblr, Sasha Grey doing everything but porn, and whatever the hell goes on at Chatroulette, is some porn on a single guy's computer really that unexpected or even embarrassing anymore (minus the really extreme stuff we work extra hard to hide ;-) )? Granted it now seems you can have a lot of choice in almost any category of business to use to express your political and moral prejudices--hell, even Steve Jobs hated porn--but I doubt most tech places are that shielded from the real world.

If anybody is hesitant, think of it this way: you don't get it fixed you might not have access to any porn to get embarrassed about, at least for a little while.

07-18-13  05:05am

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Wittyguy (95) REPLY TO #2 - turboshaft :

I agree that personal info is far more worrisome than a hard drive full of cracks and cleavage. I doubt there are many techs who haven't seen a machine full of porn and I assume that most of the time if they are rescuing a hard drive they're not really paying attention to contents: put the download on auto pilot and go do something else. The cost of trying to save a drive can be pretty expensive so I'd probably just go with the important nonporn stuff and focus on rebuilding the collection later; you'd probably save money doing this but not time.
07-18-13  02:18pm

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anyonebutme (14) As someone who's full time job is computer services for businesses and individuals, believe me, a computer tech has seen it all and does not seek out saved material to judge the owner. Your porn is nothing special.
07-19-13  12:02am

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Denner (233) No - But it certainly crossed my mind.
So I keep all my stash on externals.

07-19-13  06:38am

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rearadmiral (316) I've taken my computer in before but I don't really have much porn on it. I keep everything on removable drives. Now if they checked my browsing history then that might be a bit embarrassing... But I'm sure they've seen worse.
07-19-13  11:59am

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turboshaft (24) REPLY TO #6 - rearadmiral :

Oh, I had almost forgotten about the browser history! I'm sure the NSA or the FBI or whoever has had a good laugh over it but I'm not sure a tech guy who has to meet me in person would be so kind.

I'm kinda worried what will happen when The Google finally gives up it's "Don't be evil" code of conduct and my search history goes up for grabs to the highest data-mining bidder. I don't think "It's research--nothing more!" will be much of an excuse at that point.

07-19-13  03:07pm

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pat362 (367) The real question is not if I would or wouldn't take my computer to get repaired but what is wrong with it that I have to do that and does that mean that I have lost part of my porn collection?
07-19-13  06:13pm

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tangub (151) I don't keep porn on my computer, only on externals so I guess it wouldn't be an issue.
08-03-13  03:26pm

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