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How Linux saved our Chinese bacon

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BEING A BIT OF A GEEK can surely bring you a bit of extra notice in some circles. The tee-shirt emblazoned with: "No, I will not fix your computer" is an example of the favour of such notice. Be that as it may, we are sometimes lured into lending a helping hand to our less technically inclined brethren from time to time.

Not so strange then when about this time last week, a local educator for one of the language programmes rang us up. She is a very nice sort to know, very clever, and always ready to lend a hand with anything. Time to return the favour.

Her IBM Stinkpad had gone to sing with the choir invisible. Would not boot from the HD. Would not boot from the external CD drive. It seemed sort of hopeless. She asked if she should choose "system restore" at the starting screen.

"No, no, no!" was our advice.

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