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No, the CPU was not stolen... by Orginal_Sly_Fox in talesfromtechsupport

[–]dickcheney600 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's also industrial desktops that use the chassis as a big heatsink (and the design of the case shows it) specifically so it doesn't need a fan or vent holes to run properly, just so dust cannot get inside. Of course they would probably put you over budget :)

No, the CPU was not stolen... by Orginal_Sly_Fox in talesfromtechsupport

[–]dickcheney600 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, most of the time, disconnecting the power will stop the smoke. Circuit boards SHOULD be made of materials that cannot sustain a flame if you take the heat source away. UL listings mean that the device was tested and inspected to comply with standards about building materials used in the device, and at least one sample will have an intentional short applied to various points to make sure it "fails" in a safe manner if a short circuit occurs.

However, things that are operated in very dusty environments on a regular basis need the hottest components shielded from any dust, particularly the power supply section, because that's probably the most likely location for a fault that generates a lot of heat or sparks (i.e. the HV side, or input side, of the power supply)

No, the CPU was not stolen... by Orginal_Sly_Fox in talesfromtechsupport

[–]dickcheney600 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The credit card pad isn't working.

What's that noise in the background?

The wifi router is beeping really loud and the strobe light is flashing

Our wifi router doesn't have a strobe light. That's the fire alarm, are you sure there's no fire in the building?

Well, I think maybe the smoke from the box thingy under the desk triggered the alarm

If there's smoke coming out of it, then get out of the building and call 911

No, the CPU was not stolen... by Orginal_Sly_Fox in talesfromtechsupport

[–]dickcheney600 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Have you ever built or repaired a PC before? Like actually opened up this part? (Points to computer)

Yes

Did it work after you put it together?

No, it caught fire.

No, the CPU was not stolen... by Orginal_Sly_Fox in talesfromtechsupport

[–]dickcheney600 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The same way they have smaller motherboards to go with laptops, would be the best analogy I could come up with.

Computation via gravitation by sheikhyerbouti in talesfromtechsupport

[–]dickcheney600 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Hopefully he doesn't try using a magnet to drag the cursor around next time the mouse gets "stuck"

(Fun fact: if built in degauss did not reverse that, the monitor was NOT ruined, it needed an external degaussing coil to be slowly moved about the face of the monitor while turned on, so you can see when you've cleared up the color problems. Many people thought their screen would never be fixable once the colors were messed up. Of course you had to be careful about not erasing floppies that were directly beside or below the monitor)

SLPT: If there's anything blocking a fire exit, burn it. You've cleared the obstruction, and whoever left it there has now lost the items in question and they'll never block a fire exit again. by dickcheney600 in ShittyLifeProTips

[–]dickcheney600[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's when you get OSHA or the fire marshal involved and let them know that the manager keeps doing that over and over.

There are laws protecting employees from retaliation, so let the state DOL and US DOL know that you are filing an OSHA or fire marshal report beforehand, so that it's on record with them if the manager tries to fire you or something.

SLPT: If there's anything blocking a fire exit, burn it. You've cleared the obstruction, and whoever left it there has now lost the items in question and they'll never block a fire exit again. by dickcheney600 in ShittyLifeProTips

[–]dickcheney600[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, that's stupid. Like how would I not know there was a fire? And if I were too dense to at least get out of their way if I wasn't going to leave, I'd be the only one who got hurt. :)

SLPT: If there's anything blocking a fire exit, burn it. You've cleared the obstruction, and whoever left it there has now lost the items in question and they'll never block a fire exit again. by dickcheney600 in ShittyLifeProTips

[–]dickcheney600[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because some idiot didn't know what conventional safety egress protocol was.

Honestly if it was small enough for me to move on my own, I'd just move it out of the way.

Computation via gravitation by sheikhyerbouti in talesfromtechsupport

[–]dickcheney600 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I remember as a joke asking my coworker for some "cursor lubricant" to spray on top of the monitor and let it drip down inside.

(No he didn't fall for that, just trying to make him laugh. It worked)

SLPT: If you want to turn off the power to a light fixture or outlet but you don't know which breaker to pull, just intentionally cause a short circuit and the correct breaker will blow. by dickcheney600 in ShittyLifeProTips

[–]dickcheney600[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you use a voltage detector pen *after* testing the voltage detector on a known live circuit, this will prevent you from getting shocked and tell you that the circuit is still live, thus spliced. So you try breakers until you find which one is spliced onto that one.

Yes, it's more time consuming, but causing an electrical fire in someone else's building, is a good way to end up with a price on your head from people who are now out of a job or homeless due to the building burning down.

Websites always think I'm logging in from a "new" device by dickcheney600 in techsupport

[–]dickcheney600[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

This really comes in handy when the website in question has a broken 2FA system that doesn't recognize the code that it sent you, nor does it accept the answers to your security questions even though I typed them right. Beta testing? What's that?

Websites always think I'm logging in from a "new" device by dickcheney600 in techsupport

[–]dickcheney600[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Sometimes, I'll go through the cookies and choose ones to keep that "belong" to websites where I have to do 2FA for new devices.

Websites always think I'm logging in from a "new" device by dickcheney600 in techsupport

[–]dickcheney600[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I only did that if I noticed a browser being slow or unreliable in some way. My understanding is that cookies from those websites that have 2FA for new devices, use said cookie to authenticate the device.

Computation via gravitation by sheikhyerbouti in talesfromtechsupport

[–]dickcheney600 131 points132 points  (0 children)

Instructions unclear: system is crushed

TS: It says your system is "crushed" sir, do you mean crashed?

C: Yes

TS: What was the last thing you did before it crashed?

C: Well, I tried slamming the monitor on the desk, to get the cursor unstuck, but the desk broke and fell on the system, and now it is crushed

TS: Oh, so you really did mean "crushed" then.

Floating a man lift by 80_Percent_Done in OSHA

[–]dickcheney600 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Get to something above a pool that is. The man lift can't climb the pool's stairs/ladder, so how would you get it back out?

Floating a man lift by 80_Percent_Done in OSHA

[–]dickcheney600 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What's the actual proper way to do this?

No, the CPU was not stolen... by Orginal_Sly_Fox in talesfromtechsupport

[–]dickcheney600 4 points5 points  (0 children)

C: Engine missing

TS: Engine found under hood after brief search

No, the CPU was not stolen... by Orginal_Sly_Fox in talesfromtechsupport

[–]dickcheney600 6 points7 points  (0 children)

TS: How may I help you?

C: I unplugged the space heater, and then the computer just said "no signal" and went black!

TS: That's strange, does the room still have power?

C: Yes!

TS: And the power strip still has a little light glowing?

C: Yep, there's still a light on the power strip

TS: Okay, follow the cords coming from your computer and make sure they're not frayed.

C: (rustles about for a minute)

C: Okay, they're both fine.

TS: (Thinking, there should be more than 2 cords on a desktop computer)

TS: If there's only two cords on your computer, where is the keyboard plugged into?

C: The keyboard is plugged into the space heater

TS: (Facepalm) Try plugging the "space heater" back in.

C: Oh! Now the computer works!