It’s time for me to briefly unleash my inner geek. I know some of you will be wondering how that differs from my outer geek, but you should just shut up and leave the gags to me. This story comes to us via the very funny and very geeky Penny Arcade, a web comic devoted to gaming.
It turns out that a Texan District Attorney used funds from his office to build a ‘backup server’ which bore a striking resemblance to a fully pimped out gaming rig. I’ll let the story speak for itself.
The computer – equipped with two hard drives, seven fans, high-end video and audio cards, a wireless Internet connection and cables that glow under ultraviolet light – is designed for playing video games, prosecutors say.
Alan Timberlake, assistant director of information technology for Rockwall County, called the computer “gimmicky” and more suited to a college dorm room than an office.
Rod Gregg, an FBI senior forensic examiner, said 80 percent of the content he found on the computer appeared to be personal rather than work-related.
“I would not configure a backup computer in that way,” Mr. Gregg said.
Thank you for that searing insight Special Agent Obvious. I love the fact that they need an expert witness for this case, but perhaps rather than an FBI forensic examiner they should have sought the opinion of a sixteen year old Counter Strike player.
Take a look at the PA comic about this here. I’ll be available to provide translations and explanations of the cultural references later in the comments.