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A concise list of things I never thought I'd fix with an oven:

1. Graphics card

Trouble-shooting a friend's Mac Pro with a SRSLY borked-up boot screen (not photographed) and came across the "bake your graphics card" solution. Apparently the GeForce 8800 series was notorious for this. I'll save you a search and pointless video tutorial:
- Remove any casing/fan/heatsink and associated goop/pads/paste
- Bake at 390°F (200°C) for 10 minutes (I did it on vented broiler pan lid but whatev)
- Allow to cool (Do I even have to say this? Nope.)
- Reapply heatsink paste as appropriate & reassemble
- Marvel at the fact that that actually worked 
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Dear skateboard punk: When you see oncoming traffic in the path, get the fuck to the right instead of making me play chicken. Because if I decide not to play, my handlebars and helmet are going to hurt you a lot more than the average Friday night hurts me and I'm practiced so IDGAF. This is your warning.
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More happy tech news! My ISP (GCI) finally killed off their DNS hijacking program. For years their servers have answered queries for non-existent domains with an erroneous IP address. Ostensibly the goal was to capture web browser typos and helpfully redirect them to a search page. My complaint, among others, was this breaks all kinds of things for corporate/VPN networking when a client incidentally asks a public server for the address of a private host. (See example below of Google's accurate response vs GCI's search assistant.)

I still say that was wrong to force on customers in the first place, though customer support would cheerfully note the tiny "opt out" link at the bottom of the search page. However, GCI would occasionally "forget" and "opt" you back in. The bigger problem came when search engine at this address went away, but the DNS servers still redirected to it. The result was that not only was there no way to opt out of this service, but any poor sucker using GCI's DNS servers would experience a variety of networking problems with no explanation or solution available to the average user.

To make matters worse, tier 1 customer support wasn't aware of this problem, and attempts to explain it resulted in suggestions to contact my router manufacturer or similar. My solution was simply to hard code Google's public DNS servers into every router or forwarding DNS server I touched.

Thankfully some smart friends who work at GCI caught wind of my bitching and took action through internal channels instead of me having to spend eternity in escalation hell. Today the problem is solved. I've been waging war against this evil for years and at last the beast is slain. Thank you friends (who I won't name unless you like)! Thank Dog for honest DNS answers! Today is a good day.
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Q: How do you turn a 10-speed derailleur into a 9-speed? 
A: Fall on it once real hard. 
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The moving waves made for cool artifacts in this Lake Hood panorama.
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So... I work for Citigroup. Does that mean I support Hillary? 
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*gasp* Is today the day? Finally, my little 1st gen Moto X? (pulse quickens) *tap*tap*tap* YES! SQUEEEREEEEEREE!!!!1!!1!1!! [Kermit_flailing_wildly.gif]  DOWNLOAD FASTER! #Android  #Lollipop  #MotoX
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My Twitter friends are just full of #Caturday gold.
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These Twitter trends are killing me. When I woke up I was at "Eh, ruling schmuling" but you are making me furiously happy, Internet. Thank you. #LoveIsLove #LoveWins
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Holy crap the US Dept of Interior  just posted this and I don't think I've ever been more turned on by a government tweet. #LoveIsLove  #LoveWins
“Love is love! #LoveWins”
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"I believe you were exactly the target demographic for that tweet." Yes, yes I am.
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I like bytes, bikes, booze, and boys. I'm just not sure about the order.
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