Fortunately, he was tidy but not TOO tidy

This company's graphics designer retires after 30 years, and on the new graphics/web designer's first day on the job, he's faced with thousands of old Mac graphics files, according to a pilot fish on the scene.

"I casually mention to him that he can trash any old files that he doesn't need," fish says. "Then I go back to my normal IT tasks.

"Being a graphics major in college apparently doesn't come with any real experience in cleaning up files. During the cleaning process he sees many files with a date stamp of 1999, so he dutifully puts whole directories into the trash bin. This includes almost all of the operating system files and anything else that has not been recently updated.

"Soon after his cleanup, I get a panicked call to come upstairs because his machine is behaving abnormally. When I arrive I see a completely clean desktop, nothing will open, and the computer is barely responding.

"Looking in the trash bin -- which the user never emptied -- I see all the OS files and almost any file that is dated before the year 2000.

"I quickly restore the files, and then provide instructions to the user on which file types are OK to delete and which ones to leave alone."

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