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 for killer poke
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  killer poke
   n.
  
      A recipe for inducing hardware damage on a machine via insertion of invalid
      values (see poke) into a memory-mapped control register; used esp. of
      various fairly well-known tricks on bitty boxes without hardware memory
      management (such as the IBM PC and Commodore PET) that can overload and
      trash analog electronics in the monitor. See also HCF.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  killer poke
  
     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)
  

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