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06-12-2013, 05:20 PM #1
Unexpected find on someone else's laptop
The elderly cleaner where I work gave me her sons laptop to "update it". I assume she meant to update Windows Vista, I asked her this and she didn't know. Anyway I brought the laptop home today and there was only one windows update, it seems it is set to auto update anyway so I'm little confused as to exactly what he wanted doing with it.
Now, I don't know anything about my cleaner or her family except from what I can deduce from the photographs on the laptop - he is in his mid to late 40's, married (to a woman), and has a baby. The reason why I saw them was because his desktop wallpaper of (his?) baby was squashed so I tried to set the size correctly and found something unexpected. Unexpected in the sense that if you gave your laptop to someone to fix a problem you don't keep THAT kind of photograph on the harddisk.
Now, firstly let me just say that there is nothing illegal on the laptop, nothing involving children at least. I need to make that clear before I go any further....alright then.
In one folder there are many selfies involving penises and bums. Not only this but graphic scenes of homosexual acts of him and another man, seemingly home made. I won't go into too many details at this point, suffice to say there is nothing left to the imagination.
The dilemma now of course is what to I do. When I return the laptop to the cleaners son, he might then remember what he left on there, or he knew but didn't expect me to go looking. Or he remembered after his mum gave me the laptop and is now dreading that I might find his photo's.
I should point out I'm a heterosexual man, not the least bit shocked, disgusted or offended by what I've seen, just surprised.
Last edited by soopytwist; 06-12-2013 at 09:15 PM.
06-12-2013, 05:25 PM #2
You shouldn't have been snooping around anyway. You were told to "update" it, not to organize his desktop or fix his wallpaper or anything else.
Just pretend you never saw it, and you are done. Unless you are close to the wife (which you don't seem to be) it isn't any of your business
06-12-2013, 05:56 PM #3
06-12-2013, 06:18 PM #4
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None of your business. Give the laptop back, move on.
06-12-2013, 06:59 PM #5
The laptop is updated and that's the end of my dealings with it. I'll return it to the cleaner on Monday.
06-12-2013, 07:18 PM #6
Why are you going through random photos on someones laptop?
Give it back to them and keep your quiet about it."Halo is designed to make the player think "I look like that, I am macho sitting in my undies with my xbox""
06-12-2013, 08:40 PM #7
06-12-2013, 08:48 PM #8
And don't help anyone else, you clearly struggle to respect peoples privacy.I'm failing to writing a blog, specifically about playing games the wrong way
06-12-2013, 08:53 PM #9
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Do the same thing you would do if you found nude pics of the dude with his girlfriend instead of another man. Copy them to a thumb drive and jerk it to them later."game sales for consoles destroys pc games completely why do u think they are so cheap on steam lol."
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06-12-2013, 09:18 PM #10
It was accidental finding the pics. I saw his desktop wallpaper and it bothered me that the aspect ratio was all wrong so I right clicked the desktop, clicked personalize then background and there they were, arses and dicks, not like I was snooping at all.
06-12-2013, 09:22 PM #11
You should definitely do something about this.. this situation - I'd say get as involved as you can, really.
06-12-2013, 09:32 PM #12
A quick glance yields "Heh, porn" or MAYBE "Thaaaaat's a penis" not the study you apparently did.
06-12-2013, 10:36 PM #13
Let's all judge this guy while we're at it.
06-12-2013, 10:58 PM #14
I will say you don't know anything so you can't say anything but I wouldn't be so far and say that you are a terrible person for doing this I suspect it was an accident and probably also human interest and I will bet 99.9% of people would be just as curious if they saw that kind of stuff.
Maybe just whisper to him that next time he wants to give someone his laptop repair he might want to keep certain files very well hidden.
07-12-2013, 12:20 AM #15
Tell his wife.... I take the lives of a few to protect the lives of many. I commit acts of war to preserve the greater peace. I take no joy in killing, but make no mistake; I'll do what needs to be done. Because it's my job. It's my duty. My name is Sam Fisher, and I am a Splinter Cell.
07-12-2013, 01:47 AM #16
Yes, adulterers are assholes. But it isn't your place to solve the problem if you don't have concrete evidence and details AND a connection to the people involved.
And there is the potential for legal issues. I can't think of what the law would be, but I imagine there is a precedent for geek squad and the like "hacking" computers and stealing personal information to start shit/blackmail/buy ninety fleshlights.
07-12-2013, 02:20 AM #17
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07-12-2013, 02:32 AM #18
Blackmail shakedown. Just sayin'.
07-12-2013, 03:17 AM #19
I think you'd have to not say anything, just respect the person's privacy.
This information could greatly damage a family and seriously affect the child or children in a very negative way.
That's not to say something couldn't happen in the future that would reveal this and similarly cause all sorts of problems.
But since you're just "the guy fixing the computer" it's like others have said, you're going outside the boundaries of what you were asked to do.
This is not to say this is even a totally benign situation, medically speaking. There could be a severe risk to the wife in contracting a STD or other type of illness (re: HIV) due to the husbands actions.
One simply due to anal sex simply having a high transmission rate, use of condoms likely not being present, but the man's male partner could be doing who knows what with who knows who.
So the difficult thing is that yea, you kind of did open a big can of worms, so I definitely get that.
The other part is even in a healthcare setting, a healthcare professional would not be able to divulge this information to the other family members without the patient's consent, without breaking huge patient-doctor relationships rules of confidentiality. Even worse than that though, is that this person did not willfully give you this information, so even discussing this information with this person even in a healthcare setting could be greatly crossing boundaries."THIS STORY IS DEDICATED TO ALL THOSE CYBERPUNKS WHO FIGHT AGAINST INJUSTICE AND CORRUPTION EVERY DAY OF THEIR LIVES." - Snatcher
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07-12-2013, 05:07 AM #20
Happens all the time. Not only IT noobs but some very knowledgeable yet careless IT geeks would commit this mistake too: leave a hard drive with all sensitive IT information to other's access. People just never learn from mistakes.
But really, just leave it there. It's not wise to intervene in others' family businesses.
Yet I must say, gay porn, really disgusting. Remember to wash your hands after touching that dirty computer.