Re installing XP on Sony

Pete Turnbull pete at
Fri Mar 4 17:56:12 CST 2005

On Mar 4 2005, 21:54, Jules Richardson wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-03-04 at 21:01 +0000, Pete Turnbull wrote:
> > On Mar 4 2005, 10:56, Dwight K. Elvey wrote:
> >
> > >  I think many don't realize the damage that can happen
> > > when the group becomes a "Please fix my PC" group.
> > > I watched this happen to a news group that had too many
> > > people that tolerated such off topic post. From Jim's own
> > > words, he thought that this was a general computer
> > > group.> [ snip ]
> >
> > FWIW, I'm in complete agreement with Dwight, and well remember the
> > newsgroup he means, having used it from 1994 until its eventual
> >  Actually, it's still there - but has become an
> Not alt.comp.homebuilt? I think I looked there a while ago and gave
> when I saw how many PC posts there were.

Actually it's alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt, and it started as a group
for people interested in building or modifying hardware in the sense of
using a soldering iron or perhaps VHDL, but gradually newbies started
appearing and asking about PCs they had "built" in the sense of
sticking their ISA cards on a new motherboard.  At first they got
politely asked to try elsewhere, but quite quickly, first one or two,
then more, other newbies started saying "well, it was a polite
question, with a simple answer, so why not just answer it?" and in
quite a short space of time the please-help-me-fix-my-PC brigade
outnumbered the on-topic posters by 100:1.  Various solutions were
tried but too late and all failed; eventually all the regulars moved
elsewhere.  Some started a new group called comp.arch.hobbyist; maybe
not the best choice of name.  It gets about one post a week.  On a good

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Network Manager
						University of York

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