"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."