These are the sort of e-mails I love from my father...
From: "Jon Green"
To: "Jonathan Green"
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 7:42 PM
Thank you for your most practical advice on expurgating the computer's memory.
Unfortunately as usual the machine is proving our master not our servant We are now getting messages such as 'slave disc fail' and 'disk boot fail -insert system disc and press enter' plus on start up we get a black border (appropriately) and a limited array of icons which do not allow us to call up our stored info (if any) We don't think there is anything confidential left inside but I can't swear to it.
I am tempted to take the whole lot to the skip - we are completely hopeless at anything out of the ordinary with these machines and I cannot pass something on which doesn't perform unless the new owner is a whizz at IT.
We want to get shot of this hardware.
Should we hang on to the kit in the possibility that you know a unsuspecting charity after you have sanitised it or shall I drop it into the North Sea to join the ship load of Mercedes and BMWs already there in wait for unsuspecting tankers to give the oil spill disaster teams some practice?
Please advise your frustrated father.
From: "Jonathan Green"
To: "Jon Green"
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2003 9:12 AM
Dear Frustrated of Hertfordshire
My advice would be place your errant PC in a large mechanical catapult and see how far you can fling it.