Lock Out the Pest.
more than one user on a computer can cause problems. We have several ways to
isolate users from one another. Although Niel Simon's "Odd Couple,"
Oscar Madison and Felix Unger didn't make it into the personal computer age,
we'll pretend they did to illustrate the problem and solution.
freak," Felix Unger minced into our store wringing his hands. "We
need another computer like the one you built for Oscar and me last
month." "What's the problem,
can't you work out a schedule?" I asked. "That's not a problem, Oscar
and I are hardly ever home at the same time." Felix threw his arms in the
air and rolled his eyes. "It's Oscar, He's a computer slob and I can't
take it any longer."
I asked Felix what
Oscar did that upset him so. "He plays violent games, he's into dozens of
singles chat rooms, he visits websites that would make a hooker blush and he
downloads everything that even sounds like sex. He messes with all the settings
and even snoops around in my personal files."
professional photographer, that's how I make a living," Felix continued.
"I need the computer for my business files, recipes, photo editing, and to
stay in touch with my two spinster aunts in Connecticut. Lord knows what kind
of e-mail attachments they've been getting from me lately." Felix began to
pace. "My entire professional and
personal life is on that computer. Every time I turn it on I've got to wade
through dozens of error prompts and porn site pop-ups. I have to back up my
files every time I use the computer and to top it all off, I can't get Oscar to
pay his share of the DSL." Felix stopped pacing and spun around. "How fast can you build me a new
one?" he pleaded.
I put my hand on
his quivering shoulder. "You don't need a new computer Felix, all you need
is a "lockable hard drive." "We can simply install a second hard
drive in your computer with a key lock. When you finish using the computer you
simply lock your hard drive with a key. With your drive locked, the computer
will boot to Oscars drive. The computer won't even be able to see your hard
nothing that Oscar does can effect me at all," asked Felix incredulously.
"That's right," I replied. "And Oscar can't look at my personal
files? "Not even a peek," I said. And, if you wish, you can restrict
the DSL access to your hard drive until Oscar pays up."
"Ok, lets do
it," said Felix excitedly, "Now, what can I do to keep Oscar from
using the DVD drive for a drink holder?"