Obscure

Timmy sat at his personal computer. He still used a desktop, archaic and obsolete as it was. He liked using a desktop for many reasons. Reasons most people never thought about. With a desktop, he could upgrade various hardware components, and he had. He’d replaced the original DVD Read/Write drive with a Blu-Ray Read/Write drive. He’d increased the memory in his computer from the original four Gigabytes to 16 Gigabytes. He’d replaced the original 500 Gigabyte hard disk drive with a 250 Gigabyte solid state drive, and a 2 Terabyte hard disk drive. He’d installed a graphics card, and a 1000 Watt power supply. He’d made sure the power supply supported 70 Amps on the 12 volt rails.

“Do that with a laptop! Ha!”

He liked his desktop for other reasons. Like how he could shut down Windows features his desktop didn’t support. He didn’t have a touch screen monitor, so he turned off the touch features of windows. He didn’t let anyone login to his computer remotely, so he turned off the remote desktop features. He turned off Windows Mobility Center features, since his desktop was not a laptop, and didn’t need them. He turned off smart card support, since he didn’t use any smart cards or smart card readers.

Timmy was paranoid about his computers video camera and audio recording system. He disabled them, so no one could spy on him. He also ran Windows Professional edition, because it gave him tools to manage the settings of the camera, audio, smart card, touch, and other windows features that the regular version of windows didn’t have.

Timmy knew most people didn’t know about those things. He knew most people didn’t care about those things. For them, a laptop was perfect. Turn it on, and forget about it, just use it. They didn’t have to learn the obscure details of Windows, and how to manage it. They didn’t need to know the obscure settings for turning off remote access to their computers. He thought most people should leave remote access on, for when they screwed their computers up. That way, a tech could get access to their computer, and try to fix what they’d broken.

But, Timmy wasn’t most people. He didn’t need a tech to get access to his computer to fix it. He was a tech. He could fix it himself. He was familiar with the obscure features of Windows. At times he thought he specialized in learning obscure details, and how to use them.

He decided to see if there was anything he missed, so he ran the Group Policy Editor again, and examined the system settings for Windows. “Time to tweak. Time to tweak.”

Sure, he knew a lot of obscure details about windows. But, that knowledge paid the bills. So he’d learn any obscure detail he could. “Never know when it might come in handy.”


It’s April 19th, and I’m behind in the 2015 A to Z Challenge. This is the 15th of 26 pieces I’m writing in April. Today, the letter O. Later, the letter P. I have no idea what I’ll write for that.

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