Many at Intel have been taking smug pride at at the success that Intel vPro technology has been making in easing IT techs’ jobs. Now, from their consoles IT pros are handling problems that used to require a trek down the hall if not a journey across town. Even if the the OS goes south or the user has clicked the off switch and gone on vacation, they don’t even have to lean forward in their chairs to update an application or download a patch. They just whack a few keys and the problem is no more. But in the wake of all this efficiency, vPro has sucked all the creativity out of repairing PCs. Before vPro, I’ll bet each of us, pros and end-users alike, had a sure-fire trick that we’d wield like a magic screwdriver every time the cursor froze or the “g” key would only produce a smiley face. In my home office, when “No Network Found” appeared instead of Intel.com, I’d unplug the power cords from the cable modem and wireless router, count to 10 and plug them back in, and I was back to hammering out press releases. (I have to be honest though, I didn’t invent this procedure. It’s the cable company’s official fix. True, you can call them.) In the end, I plugged both into the outlet controlled by the wall switch. So now, they sync every time I come in to work. As I became more enraged at the clever fixes that are being lost because of vPro, I polled some of my friends just to see what tricks they had, but likely would never use again. Cameron Tabucchi had been told to put her computer in the freezer to help keep the battery charged. (She declined to confirm whether she actually does this, but the ice cream smears are a giveaway.) When Ellen Topp’s computer freezes, she religiously restarts, defrags and restarts it, again. As if by a miracle it springs back to life. CTRL…ALT…DELETE! – repeated several times as if it were an incantation (once has been proven insufficient and correct rhythm is crucial) – always works for Amy Cook. We need your help in collecting and archiving this wealth of creative prescriptions for patching up our computers to prevent their loss. So, if you have a favorite fix – the wackier the more worthy of preserving – share it in this quick survey to ensure that despite vPro it follow eight-track tapes into obscurity.