If I had to do it all over again, I’d start by writing these two rules on the wall:
Rule #1: Do not tell people you know anything about computers.
Rule #2: Do not tell people you know anything about computers.
I get phone calls… lots of phone calls.
“I just did something stupid and now all my *insert important files here* are gone!”. “I just downloaded *insert known spyware infested application here* and now my computer keeps *insert bad thing here*.
So… it’s official. I do not know anything about computers. Please don’t call me at work because your home PC just exploded in a green ball of fire and all the demons from hell have you backed into a corner (read: you installed a porn dialer and now your homepage has been reset, you have a new desktop background of two old ladies going at it with giant produce, and your computer keeps dialing a 900 number in Nigera).
I can’t help you.
Oh… and don’t call the Geek Squad…. they’re a bunch of smacktards.