September 3rd, 2003

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08:11 pm - Don't fuck with the IT Amish
You know your customers are some serious Luddite fucks when in the process of upgrading one of their mission critical PCs from 32MB to 128MB, you find yourself forced to literally whittle it a new stick of RAM.

But seriously. No, really... seriously! I DID have to whittle RAM for this old P133... If you've ever worked on older PCs, you know that back in the early nineties the case and motherboard manufacturers' tolerances were REALLY shitty. This old piece was no exception - the little humps in the DIMM slots don't quite match up properly to the little notches in the DIMMs themselves. So after fighting the little bastard for half an hour, I finally pulled out my Victorinox and carved notches in the DIMMs to match the wrongly-placed humps in the motherboard slots.

I've done a LOT of impromptu sheet-metal work to make things fit in an older PC before... but swear to god, this is the first time I ever whittled a part to fit. Sigh.
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Weird Al Yankovic - Amish Paradise

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[User Picture] From: lzbnangel
Date: September 3rd, 2003 - 06:37 pm
hahahaaaa.....hahahahaha....Oh! My! Gosh!.....hahahaha.....haha..oohh...haha...::holding my sides in pain::

[User Picture] From: handofme
Date: September 4th, 2003 - 08:28 am
See that computer I carved it my self... also agree with previus speeker

[User Picture] From: theonyx
Date: September 4th, 2003 - 10:49 am
One time, I fixed a laser printer with a spatula.

[User Picture] From: ravenword
Date: September 4th, 2003 - 04:07 pm
And if you've read any David Quammen you know that 'spatula' is code for 'penis'.

[User Picture] From: theonyx
Date: September 4th, 2003 - 04:28 pm
One time, I saw this chick assault a guy in a store with a spatula she grabbed out of the hands of another guy who was using it to bounce a big rubber ball.

[User Picture] From: apotheon
Date: September 10th, 2003 - 05:45 pm
I'm sorry, at that point I'd just tell the friggin' client it can't be done and a new motherboard (and thus system case and processor) must be bought. That's too much.

On the other hand, I wouldn't have as cool a story to tell as you do.

Holy yikes.

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