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Jackass IT: Stunts, idiocy, and hero hacks

Dec 14, 2010, 01:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Venezia)


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"We've all been there: an IT problem so ridiculous that only a ridiculous solution can solve it.

"It could be server on the brink of shutting down all operations, a hard drive that won't power up vital data, or a disgruntled ex-employee who's hidden vital system passwords on the network. Just when all seems lost, it's time to get creative and don your IT daredevil cap, then fire up the oven, shove the end of a pencil into the motherboard, or route the whole city network through your laptop to get the job done.

"Whether you're keeping vital systems humming, extending the life of faulty hardware in dire situations, or simply hunting for sport, knowing when to throw out the manual and do something borderline irresponsible is essential to day-to-day IT work.

"Here are a few poignant examples of stunts and solutions that required a touch of inspired insanity to pull off."

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