A friend and former co-worker of mine asked me to come over and take a look at his parents' computer tonight. It's been having issues, and they just got a new computer. Their main hope was that I could move their old files over to the new computer.
Both the old and new computer have network cards, as they've both been used with their cable modem, so I was thinking I'd just hook them together, and copy the files across the network.
When Pat said he'd been having some 'issues', I was expecting minor stuff. Instead, I find a Win98 install that is so corrupted and infested that I can't get it to run for 10 minutes without dying. After fighting with it for about an hour, I finally gave up and did it the old fashioned way.
I yanked the hard drive out of the old PC, hooked it to the new one, and copied everything over manually.
I also installed Ad-Aware, Spybot S&D, and Firefox for them, on the new computer. Hopefully that'll help keep their new one in shape a little longer.
All-in-all, I was there for a little over two hours. Definitely not how I planned to spend my evening. Especially since I had planned on hanging out with a friend of mine. I felt a little bad about basically cancelling on him.
On the plus side, though, Pat's parents did pay me for the work. I always feel a little awkward about asking for payment when I'm doing work for friends and friends-of-a-friend, but I'm just too busy not to, these days. I don't mind helping out my close friends, but it just takes too long to be everyone's tech support guy.
[Note: This was actually posted yesterday, but LJ's e-mail posting still sucks and doesn't work half the time (when using PGP/GPG signed posts).]