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killer poke

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.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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