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The Story Of One Of The Geekiest Thing I’ve Committed Upon My PC’s Hardware In My Whole Life

The Story Of One Of The Geekiest Thing I’ve Committed Upon My PC’s Hardware In My Whole LifeIt’s the one of those “off-topic” posts. I believe that you, the reader of this blog, may want to know whom exactly you are reading here. And why did i used a “geek” word in my blog’s names? “Geek” has a meaning as “a person with an unusual or odd personality”. For sure i had that trait since being a small kid. It’s very likely that if I’d lived in a city bigger than mine – with more opportunities to buy stuff – i would have been an experienced programmer by now. But i grew up in small a city where we even had no place to buy computer games so I’ve got new CDs only when my dad went on a business trip several hundred kilometers away, to some bigger city. When i entered the institute (equals to USA “college”) and moved – that’s when I’ve got real freedom to do computer-related stuff. And this is a story of one of the geekiest things in my whole life that I’ve committed upon my PC’s hardware at that time :)

It was back in 2004. The first profession i choose was Applied Informatics in Economics – we had to learn programming, micro-electronics, data-bases and lots and lots of economical and mathematical stuff. My computer was practically a piece of shit back then (it was assembled to play TES3: Morrowind and did not received any upgrades past that for, say, 3 years, so go figure) and i was also dog-poor, had something around $150 per month to live on and pay for the apartment, $30 of which i spent on dial-up pay-by-hour cards. But i saved up money for half a year and bought myself a gift – 512mb DDII memory plate. I remember how i walked home feeling it in my jacket’s inner pocket, and how i watched carefully not to press it too hard in an overcrowded bus on the way home.

But it didn’t worked. No matter what i did, my PC would not recognize it. The thought of returning it back to the store did not even crossed my mind, because i knew they would not exchange it for me, save for returning me money, because it did not mattered if this thing did not worked for MY PC as long as it wasn’t damaged by manufacturer and worked in anyone else’s PC. I was so desperate that i wrote to an e-mail hot-line of a computer hardware magazine (we had these things back then), but of course they wouldn’t answer me in a few days. So i was sitting there, in a state of full desperation, and thought over and over why wouldn’t it work.

Then i noticed that the memory plate i had before and the new one both had scratches on the contact pieces that are inserted into the motherboard – and on the new piece these scratched were different, a few millimeters not reaching the top end of the contact zone. Like this piece wasn’t fully inserted in place and did not established a full contact because of the plate textolite’s form. So i thought, what the hell, it’s not working anyway, can’t broke it even more and took a sharp knife. And i carefully pared down the textolite, producing thin green textolite shavings. Paring down a memory plate’s textolite with a knife was one of the geekiest things in my whole life that I’ve committed upon my PC’s hardware  :) A plastic fork in your computer’s fan can’t compete with that!

And you know, what? It finally worked. The plate finally sat up in place and i tried to refrain from touching it since then, just in case. So my computer had 768 mb of RAM since then, can you imagine that now – 768mb of ram memory? :)

I’m so fond of this story because the guys from hot-line i wrote to (i mentioned that above) finally answered. And they said there’s not a chance in this Universe that this particular piece of memory would work with my particular motherboard. This answer was also publish and many thousands of people who bought that magazine saw their answer. But the damned thing WAS working!

So, i have done the impossible? Of course they wouldn’t have imagined someone would stab a memory plate with a knife to make it work! And they did not published my recipe to making it work, either. :) That’s why i’m so fond of this little fun story.

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