We may all live in a great big global community, but in my Blog, it's my world.

The question in the subject line is inspired by a Ms. Manners column where someone wrote in concerned about guests that come to their home and instantly want to use their computer when they see it.

I'm curious what everyone's stance is on letting guests use their home computer(s)?

 

I'll add my thoughts later.


Comments (Page 1)
on Nov 22, 2007
Absolutely not. A couple years ago my cousin and her twit friend stayed the summer here, and I awoke to find them on MY computer (this is when it wasn't in my room). After that I immediately put it on lockdown, couldn't do anything without logging in with my password. Now that it's in my room I don't have to worry so much, but if I'm going to be leaving I enable a password protected screensaver.
on Nov 22, 2007
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on Nov 22, 2007
Yes, we do.

I am kind of protective over mine (it's newish and expensive), but if someone needs to do something on the computer, that's fine (they should ask first).

Right now one of Adrian's Soldiers has had to come over every few days to print paperwork out and make copies since he's PCSing and living in the barracks. No big deal.
on Nov 22, 2007
Personally, I let guests use it under an extremely limited account. I'm not going to open up all of my files, etc.

ATM I'm away and using my birth parents computer but, they know my knowledge far exceeds theirs. Guess it really depends on the guest.
on Nov 22, 2007
Yes.  When I go to visit the in-laws, they let me use theirs.  I see no reason to not allow them (and others) to use mine.
on Nov 22, 2007
If you have guests the Proper thing to do is turn the PC off as you should be spending time entertaining your guests... If they are Visiting over night then it would matter on how comfortable you are with them looking around your PC.

Possibly build a guest account with limited abilities and keep a close eye out, as whether or not you are the person on the PC..YOU are responsible for ALL content uploaded and or downloaded...

on Nov 22, 2007
There is a computer in the livingroom for just that purpose. Which is hooked to a 32 inch LCD HD TV. It is XP Pro and has a guest account for people that come over and need to use it. The wireless network is completely secure and managed from spyware and/or virus. So is the guest account too. It is kind of like what I have for my kids also where every website they go to is logged to the network. Thus I have a record of everything that reaches the wan-net.

So the answer here is yes we do allow guest to use a computer here and are well equiped to do so.

SGT  
on Nov 22, 2007
What kind of weird guests do you guys have that use your computers inappropriately?



on Nov 22, 2007

Ah...the time I had two firies staying with me for the F1 GrandPrix ...and we were taking turns with the game 'Driver'....the poor old Thrustmaster T2 seized.  Too much heat/friction/movement for what was simple plastic bushing in the wheel axis.

Had to let the bugger cool down ...

on Nov 22, 2007
no, absolutely not. if they want to use a computer they can get their own and use that.
the only people who use my computer are myself the g/f and the rugrat . the rugrat knows more about computers than most adults i know so i find that i trust her completely when she is on my computer.
on Nov 22, 2007
NO and I don't let them drive my car either.  
on Nov 22, 2007
NO and I don't let them drive my car either.


Or sleep with my wife
on Nov 22, 2007
NO!
on Nov 22, 2007
What kind of weird guests do you guys have that use your computers inappropriately?


Well there are the guys from work. Who did not finish working on their scripts for the day. They can really do some fancy things wrong too. I have them over once in a while to compare things.
Then there is family members who come over and want to show you some strange email they received. So we take no chances and use the one system with all the best protection to stop any kind of bug getting through. That is we hope it does...
With any shared type of system. The best practice is to be sure and not sorry about what happened after the fact it has.
Plus just having the TV hooked up via the computer makes viewing photo's and whatever content so much better for everyone to see it. Plus allowing whoever to use it for that and/or any other purpose other than my own system here in the back. Which I have 3 accounts for users on Vista Ultimate. [Me, My Wife and My Father n Law] Then each of the kids have their own computer in their room. With numerous other gadgets galore too!
We have very little to worry with sharing things also. This is done via a Server here in the back with my other systems. Which handles all the domains and private networking via Windows Server 2003.
Works for me...

SGT
on Nov 22, 2007
No, it's MINE! Get yer own.
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