It's 2022 but there are still plenty of people who struggle with computers. Not to mention all the complicated networks that connect them.

And Reddit has all the pictures to prove our ignorance. More specifically, its community 'Tech Support Gore.'

"You will cringe to the brink of passing out after a few minutes looking at this subreddit," its moderators say confidently. And they're not lying.

Tricky cable knots, cracking chips, piles of dust, and poorly designed server rooms, it's all there. Whether you're an IT specialist or just an average internet user, this stuff will get to you.

Continue scrolling to check out the subreddit's recent top posts, and for its earlier gems, fire up our previous publications on it here, here, and here.

#1

Before And After Of A Network Switche Refresh For A School District

Before And After Of A Network Switche Refresh For A School District

TheAmateurRunner Report

Laura Ketteridge
Community Member
1 month ago

Ooooh, more sanity and beauty. These people have a talent for sorting things out.

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#2

It's 2022 And I Hate Sandisk For Still Using A Design Like This

It's 2022 And I Hate Sandisk For Still Using A Design Like This

cgmyt Report

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
1 month ago

Also some electrical plugs/outlets.

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People seem to need their devices and networks running smoothly now more than ever. Whether we're talking about the comfort of their homes or a regular coffee shop, Americans expect and rely on internet access being available almost wherever they go.

Still, the Federal Communications Commission estimates that more than 21 million people in the United States don't have that connection. That includes nearly 3 in 10 people—27 percent—who live in such rural places as the outreaches of Maine and the fertile fields of Indiana, as well as 2 percent of those living in cities.

#3

I'm Done For Today

I'm Done For Today

EastFoxes Report

Laura Ketteridge
Community Member
1 month ago

This most definitely not a disaster! It's a moment of sanity and beauty in a crazy world.

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#4

Thanks To Poor Planning, This Is How I Have To Service This Equipment

Thanks To Poor Planning, This Is How I Have To Service This Equipment

sp00nix Report

Pam Akers
Community Member
1 month ago

Astronaut servicing equipment due to poor planning.

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#5

Some One Dropped This Off, Check That Screen Burn. It’s Off

Some One Dropped This Off, Check That Screen Burn. It’s Off

flamewingdragon Report

Farid Red
Community Member
1 month ago

We can see it soul deep inside..

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Research shows that as many as 40 percent of schools lack broadband, as do 60 percent of health care facilities outside metropolitan areas. Furthermore, those are conservative estimates.

And at a time when broadband access has become increasingly essential, any community without fast, reliable internet is condemned “to a long, dark death,” said Peggy Schaffer, executive director of Maine’s ConnectME Authority, which is working to extend service in the state.

#6

Heard We're Posting Things Found In Projectors? How About Wasps? Customer Claimed "Keeps Overheating"

Heard We're Posting Things Found In Projectors? How About Wasps? Customer Claimed "Keeps Overheating"

LordWoodyMushrome Report

Nimues Child
Community Member
1 month ago

Things that make me go "Eeeek!"

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#7

Hey, Our Network Is Down, Can You Look Into It? Me: I Think I See The Problem

Hey, Our Network Is Down, Can You Look Into It? Me: I Think I See The Problem

smohk1 Report

Laura Ketteridge
Community Member
1 month ago

Eeeeek! The network being down is the least of their concerns!

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#8

Cleaning Chromebooks In The School I Work In, This Is 4th Grade. Completely Dead To The World

Cleaning Chromebooks In The School I Work In, This Is 4th Grade. Completely Dead To The World

Slow_Cryptographer14 Report

Caroline Kimber
Community Member
1 month ago

This is why you don't give laptops to young children!

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Without broadband, Schaffer said, “Kids can't do homework. Older people have to drive off our islands to talk to a doctor. Boats delivering live lobsters from the ocean that can't 'talk' in real-time to their customers lose a competitive edge in the supply chain. Before long, young families, older citizens, and jobs leave. New employers don’t come in."

#9

Ticket States “Student Chromebook Has A Nail Sticking Out Of The Headphone Jack”

Ticket States “Student Chromebook Has A Nail Sticking Out Of The Headphone Jack”

seloid Report

Nathaniel
Community Member
1 month ago

Nailed it.

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#10

My Bosses Surfacebook He Refuses To Retire

My Bosses Surfacebook He Refuses To Retire

cmull123 Report

Laura Ketteridge
Community Member
1 month ago

I have a laptop like this. There was a battery pack under the mousepad; it had swollen up. I removed the useless (and dangerous) battery, and instead used a USB mouse. The laptop works just fine now.

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#11

"My PC Gets Slower When I Turn My Space Heater On"

"My PC Gets Slower When I Turn My Space Heater On"

PatrikMansuri Report

Laura Ketteridge
Community Member
1 month ago

Ah! I know what's wrong. Yes, there is a problem with the computer slowing down, but the real problem lies between keyboard and chair.

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Cost is one of the obstacles that make it difficult to extend broadband internet to everyone who wants it. The companies providing the services need adequate returns to justify their investment in the necessary infrastructure of cables and towers.

And at the other end of the supply-demand equation, many low-income Americans lack access because they can't afford the monthly bills that come with connecting a computer to high-speed internet.

#12

I Have Been Wondering Why I Kept Finding Random Ants On My Work Table

I Have Been Wondering Why I Kept Finding Random Ants On My Work Table

pembalhac Report

RMA
Community Member
1 month ago

Ew ew ew

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#13

Had A Feeling This Belonged Here

Had A Feeling This Belonged Here

robroastbeef Report

Hawkmoon
Community Member
1 month ago

Shouldn't it be in the shape of a helmet?

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#14

Why Does My Mining Rig Keep Shutting Down?

Why Does My Mining Rig Keep Shutting Down?

HarvestWisp Report

Limey Cheesehead
Community Member
1 month ago

That looks as if its literally mining underground.

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The Pew Research Center reported in May that 44 percent of adults living in households with incomes below $30,000 don’t have broadband.

This disparity in access is also seen in what researchers call the “homework gap”—the differences between school-age children who have access to high-speed internet at home and those who don’t (a 2015 report found that 35 percent of lower-income households with children in school didn’t have a broadband connection at home).

#15

This Is What A Hard Drive Looks Like When It's Unfurled

This Is What A Hard Drive Looks Like When It's Unfurled

crubleigh Report

MissyTheUniverse
Community Member
1 month ago

Cool!

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#16

Please Do Not Turn This Fan Off It Is Keeping 5 Camera Control Units Cool

Please Do Not Turn This Fan Off It Is Keeping 5 Camera Control Units Cool

Oportunistic_DIY Report

James016
Community Member
1 month ago

Get the room air con fixed

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#17

Phone Gore Saved Leg Gore

Phone Gore Saved Leg Gore

yeahnowukkas Report

Aoife Lorris
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

But have you tried turning it off and on again?

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However, the situation is getting better. Policymakers in rural and urban states are trying out new approaches, including building partnerships between public and private entities and using grants from foundations to bring broadband to more sparsely populated places.

According to Shirley Bloomfield, CEO of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, a membership organization of nearly 850 small providers in 45 states, small providers often pop up in places large internet companies don’t serve, and hometown phone companies expanding into this market sometimes offer broadband to as few as a hundred neighbors.

#18

Client Said The Cpu Was Running Hot

Client Said The Cpu Was Running Hot

Nambruh Report

Kevin Garren
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor guy.

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#19

I. See. You

I. See. You

hlebspovidlom Report

Nathaniel
Community Member
1 month ago

Hudson: They're coming outta the walls. They're coming outta the goddamn walls!

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#20

Friend Complained Why Cpu Is 90 Degrees While Idling

Friend Complained Why Cpu Is 90 Degrees While Idling

Dyotic Report

mcborge1
Community Member
1 month ago

What were they trying to use as thermal compound?

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However, when it comes to the people who actually keep things running (including this subreddit), the future looks grim.

Just 9% of tech workers are feeling confident in their job security, according to a June survey from Blind, the anonymous professional networking site.

#21

My Friend's iPad

My Friend's iPad

amolven16 Report

ThatG
Community Member
1 month ago

iBad

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#22

There Is Sawdust In This PC!

There Is Sawdust In This PC!

G1cin Report

Ganta S
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone was playing Faery: Legends of Avalon and what you see is fairy dust

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#23

Why Yes That Is A Hole In The Roof Leaving Their Dp, Switch & Routers Exposed To The Elements!

Why Yes That Is A Hole In The Roof Leaving Their Dp, Switch & Routers Exposed To The Elements!

Imnotarealdog Report

Pam Akers
Community Member
1 month ago

This passed inspection?

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Job-market fears are being fueled by months of headlines about hiring freezes, job offers being rescinded, and mass layoffs from burgeoning upstarts and tech giants alike, including Robinhood and Oracle just this week.

(More than 32,000 people have been laid off from the U.S. tech sector in 2022, according to Crunchbase data.)

#24

Probably Not That Gory But I Found Out Why The Beamer Wasn't Producing An Image

Probably Not That Gory But I Found Out Why The Beamer Wasn't Producing An Image

That's a live spider with eggs in there, it wasn't very happy to see me

Eburon8 Report

Rheanna Willow
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Always makes me sad to see comments like this. I know not everyone is spider fan and some mean it only in jest. But it always seems an odd reaction to a living creature and her younge. She just living her life, eating all the things most people hate around there homes like flys and mosquitos.

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#25

Customer: “Laptop Fan Seems To Be Going Bad, My Son Uses The Laptop As Ashtray”

Customer: “Laptop Fan Seems To Be Going Bad, My Son Uses The Laptop As Ashtray”

hypoflexx Report

My O My
Community Member
1 month ago

Can we talk about the "uses laptop as ashtray" part?

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#26

Found On Twitter

Found On Twitter

WonderfulShake Report

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
1 month ago

It sure is shady

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The good news is that broad pessimism stands in contrast with a still-hot labor market. Hiring and quits remain near record highs, while June layoffs remained just under 1% of the workforce.

Tech workers may not have as much bargaining power as early 2022, but they are still well-positioned to look for a new position or land on their feet if they're laid off.

#27

Found A Weird And Exotic Cable Back Of My Grandma’s TV

Found A Weird And Exotic Cable Back Of My Grandma’s TV

Cookiee1209 Report

*Displayname*=idk
Community Member
1 month ago

What am I looking at? 🤔

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#28

Nothing Like A Fun Day Destroying Company Data

Nothing Like A Fun Day Destroying Company Data

Xantan0 Report

Nimues Child
Community Member
1 month ago

Friends of mine in IT find this task cathartic.

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#29

Access Point At My Child's School

Access Point At My Child's School

traversingthemundane Report

Kevin Garren
Community Member
1 month ago

Budget cuts strike again.

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#30

Why Won't The Temp Go Down?… Oh

Why Won't The Temp Go Down?… Oh

ShermanLiu Report

mcborge1
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow!

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#31

Oh Well, Night Shift Just Became More Fun

Oh Well, Night Shift Just Became More Fun

Yes, they have polarity, yes they're machine fed, so they all need to carefully go back in their slot

brolpe Report

censorshipsucks
Community Member
1 month ago

what is that? a box of cpus?

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#32

Someone Offered Me A Cheap Msi Gtx 1080ti. Glad My Case Was Big Enough

Someone Offered Me A Cheap Msi Gtx 1080ti. Glad My Case Was Big Enough

koopz_ay Report

Ximena Arbelaez
Community Member
1 month ago

All I see are happy faces

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#33

“I Watched A Video On How To Upgrade The Ram, But Now It Won’t Turn On”

“I Watched A Video On How To Upgrade The Ram, But Now It Won’t Turn On”

Miyari__ Report

Pat Bond
Community Member
1 month ago

🤦‍♂️ Jesus! The level of incompetence here is breathtaking. The ram slot is literally just underneath the Apple logo on the bottom of the frame. Just undo the two screws and remove the small cover.

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#34

At A Student Accomodation

At A Student Accomodation

randommen96 Report

Kevin Garren
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that mud or blood? Or bloody mud, or muddy blood? lol

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#35

This Smartlock With A Faulty Battery

This Smartlock With A Faulty Battery

someone_else42 Report

MissyTheUniverse
Community Member
1 month ago

I mean, it looks like the logical thing to do.

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