Welcome to the little-documented world where things like plastic fry-ups, cable wasp nests, and lumps of hand grease are a daily occurrence.
Where tech support heroes, aka employees, are there for their desperate clients, tackling the worst and the best fails. Where computers fail us, processors die, monitors crash, but yet we still find the light at the end of the tunnel. Because tomorrow is a new day at remote work. And unless you’re tuning in on your baked laptop, you may as well count yourself as unemployed.
So please, ladies and gents, scroll through tech hell and back in this compilation of pics presented to us by the Tech Support Gore subreddit. No amount of eye rolls is gonna save us from the misery and sheer level of relatability for whatever happened there.
#1 Before And After. I Thought I Was 100% Prepared For Some Work I Got In A Remote Village Institution. Well This Was At Least What I Was Able To Achieve
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#2 User Spilt Coffee On His Laptop – So He Put It In The Oven To Dry It Out
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#3 Printer From Hell
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Bored Panda reached out to Redditor @smarthawk, who shared a picture of a toasted keyboard on r/techgore which amassed 10.4k upvotes. The caption said: “User spilled coffee on his laptop – so he put it in the oven to dry it out…” Turns out, @smarthawk has been working in IT support for the past 5 years, so he has seen a lot of cases like this.
“I think that they are accurate depictions of some of the things you run into in hardware support,” the IT support specialist told us when asked if pictures posted on r/techgore reflect the truth or are exaggerated. He added: “Some things are obviously more shocking than others.”
#4 “Can You Recover The Data?”
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#5 I Am Not Proud Of This
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#6 No Money For A Rack? Don’t Worry! Use My Desk. I Don’t Need It Anyway. (Government Office)
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On the other hand, “I think that the general population is definitely getting more comfortable using technology but, no matter how confident you are, there’s always moments where someone has a brainfart and breaks something,” @smarthawk said. In that sense, even if you’re very familiar with technology, faux pas still happen and your gadget may end up on the wall of r/techgore.
#7 User Said It Got Caught In The Subway Doors…
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#8 Instructions Unclear
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#9 Tired Of Losing Your Adapter?
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But when it comes to tech-savviness, the difference between generations is obvious. While many people of older generations still struggle to navigate in tech, gens like gen Z and gen X have already grown up with it, not knowing what it means not to have a smartphone.
In fact, a 2018 study by Pew Center showed that fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly.’ The same survey also found that there is no clear consensus among teens about the effect that social media has on the lives of young people today. Minorities of teens describe that effect as mostly positive (31%) or mostly negative (24%), but the largest share (45%) says that effect has been neither positive nor negative.
#10 Visited Grandma And Confiscated This One
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#11 User Claimed They Spilled A Small Glass Of Water On Their Laptop
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#12 My Gpu Finaly Fits In My Computer
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However, the situation is much different in the elder part of the population. Pew Research studies continue to show that, while internet access among those 65+ is inching up, among the oldest age cohorts, two-thirds of the 74+ population do not own a computer (laptop or desktop), and virtually none have a tablet computer or smartphone.
#13 I Can’t Decide Whether To Be Pissed Off Or Impressed At The Fact That They Managed To Use Machine Screws In Drywall Without A Box Frame Or Ancors
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#14 Frontier Airlines: “75% Of Our Stuff Is Broken”
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#15 Chemicals vs. Computer
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The gap in online access among the older seniors can be explained by keeping in mind the complex process for getting equipment and the service to acquire it. First, a senior must obtain both an internet service plan of some type and a relatively current computer that is fast enough to use with today’s graphics-rich websites.
Moreover, the computer must be configured with a user’s individual information; and someone must be available, especially early on, to provide training on the use of the device and support for questions about online tools. What makes it harder is that most technology innovation is targeted at youth, who virtually have no struggle implementing tech novelties in their daily life.
#16 Customers Spray-Painted MacBook Air
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#17 “Our Scanner Stopped Working And I Don’t How To Plug It Back In”
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#18 My Team Took Over A Buildings It And Found Their Dumping Ground
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While technology continues to seep into every aspect of our lives, many adults in the US remain divided about what impact it has on our lives. The Harris Poll showed that strong majorities believe that technology has improved the overall quality of their lives (71%) and encourages people to be more creative (68%).
However, strong majorities also believe technology is creating a lazy society (73%), has become too distracting (73%), is corrupting interpersonal communications (69%), and is having a negative impact on literacy (59%).
#19 At Least The Lobby Was Empty When It Happened…
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#20 I Try To Do The Right Thing, But My Family Is A Bunch Of Savages!
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#22 There Was A Breakdown In Communications…
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It should also be noted that just like in computer literacy, generations hold differing opinions when looking at any aspect of technology. Knowing that millennials are traditionally the most attuned to their tech devices, it comes as no surprise that this group is more likely to say technology has had a positive effect on nearly all aspects tested, like: ability to learn new skills (72% vs. 59% Gen Xers, 60% Baby Boomers & 56% Matures), relationships with friends (59% vs. 46%, 36% & 34%), and social life (57% & 42%, 30% & 29%).
The main exception is productivity. The poll showed that millennials are more likely than all other generations to say technology has had a negative effect on their productivity both at home (32% vs. 21% Gen Xers, 20% Baby Boomers & 14% Matures) and at work (14% vs. 8%, 3% & 2%).
#23 Management’s Way Of Securing A Loose And Broken Power Brick
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#24 Sorry But Wtf Is This
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#25 Work From Home Equipment Returned
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#26 My Friend Wanted Me To Post This Here – Here’s My Rpi 1b
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#27 Needle. Haystack.
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Despite many concerns, it’s clear Americans still have a hard time unplugging. When faced with a list of technological devices and general life staples and asked how long they could live without each, majorities of Americans indicate that they could make it a week or less without Internet access (67%), a computer/laptop (60%), mobile phone (59%), or television (55%), with over two in ten going so far as to state that they simply could not live without them (27%, 22%, 26% and 21%, respectively).
#28 New House Find, Do You Think It’ll Play Crysis? It Doesn’t Seem To Have Any Problems Playing Rust.
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#29 How Is That Possible?
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#30 Say Hello To Big Bertha, A 1.69 Tb Text File. Over 108 Billion Lines
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#31 An Internet Provider Pulled Fiber To Every Home In My Neighbourhood Almost A Year Ago. They Never Finished The Connections
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#32 Why Choosing The Cheapest Shipping Option Might Not Be Such A Great Idea.
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#33 I Guess She Wanted Wireless Keyboards…
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#34 Keyboard Keys Come Off? Don’t Worry, Just Superglue Them Back On!
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#35 Pre-Built Office PC Safely Delivered
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#36 “Of Course I Put The Toner Cartridge The Right Way In!”…
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#37 Remember Kids…don’t Buy Msi Laptops
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#38 My Friend Put Breadcrumbs On Purpose On His MacBook In Order To Enlist To A Free Keyboard Replacement Program
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#39 Spotted The Baby Monitor Back Panel Was Cracked…think I’ve Found The Cause.
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#40 I Think Its Enough Thermal Paste
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#41 Show Up To Replace A Desktop And The User Tells Me The Mouse Hasn’t Worked Right In Months…
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#42 Changing These Out Of A UPS Felt More Like Defusing A Bomb
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#43 The Plug From A Pinball Machine I’m Refurbishing.
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#44 3ds Charger Died, Decided To Replace It With A USB-C Conector But With The Battery Wasn’t Fitting Well, So…
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#45 Smile You Have WiFi
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#46 What In The Name Of F***
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#47 33 Kilograms Of Apple Pencils That Got Snapped In Half
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#48 Clientr: Hi, I Have This PC That Makes Noise And Slowly Walks Or Shut Off Alone. In The Way, Could You Clean It? Me: ._.
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#49 “Our Classroom Network Port Isn’t Connecting To My Laptop”
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#50 Just Some Ipads With Holes Drilled Into Them, As Apparently Some People Don’t Know How To Wipe A Device In Itunes To Remove Data.
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#51 New Client Turned One Of Their Bathrooms Into A Server Closet Lol
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#52 Stelf 100
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#53 “Ran The Cable, Anchored To The Wall For Tightness” My Friend Who’s Gonna Drop Some Packets Soon
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#54 Caught A Glimpse Of A Lovely Looking Cable Job
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#55 I’ve Paid For The Whole Tube Of Thermal Paste, I’m Gonna Use The Whole Tube Of Thermal Paste
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#56 Taking 5 Year Old Ssds Out Of 8 Year Old Laptops To Make Some 10 Year Old Desktops Less S**t
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#57 This Atrocitie I Spotted At Work Trying To Improve The WiFi Signal
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