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Modern-day superstitions Aug. 19th, 2004 10:57 am
Comment last night made me think of one of my modern-day superstions; when installing new hardware in a PC I wil *never* put the case back on until it's been proved functional, "lest I jinx it".

Anyone else do this or similar?

(Actually I'm not superstitious, but I don't think the PCs know this...)

From: coracaskia
Date: August 19th, 2004 - 10:12 am (Link)
I don't have a computer of my own, but I have noticed quite a lot of people with interesting superstitions surrounding their machines. I suspect that a folklore of computers is already happening - I'd love to see a study of it.
From: conflux
Date: August 19th, 2004 - 01:37 pm (Link)
I think this is part of Murphy's law and yes it is something I often do too.
From: katishna
Date: August 19th, 2004 - 01:58 pm (Link)
Yep. And I used to work on Hewlett-Packard servers all the time, I'm convinced my "special way" with them was due to me giving them a pat and a rub on the side of the case while software or OSes were installing. And I babytalked them.

Yes I'm disturbed, but i'm medicated. What can I say?
From: reddragdiva
Date: August 19th, 2004 - 02:00 pm (Link)
Sometimes I eventually put the case back on properly at all
From: barakta
Date: August 19th, 2004 - 03:47 pm (Link)
Of course. As soon as you put the case back on, /something/ will go wrong.

I don't think I knew anyone who kept their machines running with cases on for years, we certainly didn't. We also take care if buying cases to get ones which are easy to open and remove stuff from.

From: duncanneko
Date: August 19th, 2004 - 04:56 pm (Link)
Oh gods yes, it always breaks if I forget this *grins* And given some of the weird stuff I subject my computers to, I need all the help I can get (yes, I also name them and talk to swear at them).