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killer poke in Technology

A recipe for inducing hardware damage on a machine via insertion of invalid values (see poke) into a memory-mapped control register; used especially of various fairly well-known tricks on bitty boxes without hardware memory management (such as the IBM PC and Commodore PET) that can overload analog electronics in the monitor.
See also HCF.
(1994-11-04)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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