[rescue] Part Numbers (was: New subscriber...)
Sheldon T. Hall
shel at cmhcsys.com
Fri Mar 19 12:35:15 CST 2004
Wes Will asks ...
> <PetPeeve> How freaking hard would it be to put a frimpin' IDENTIFIABLE
> PART NUMBER on these condemned things?!?!?!?!
> Those little bar-code stickers with part numbers encoded on them
> just don't cut it in heavy traffic, or after lots of dust and heat.
> They peel off and are lost all too soon.
Yeah, but that would take all the sport out of it!
Seriously, assuming that the manufacturers know what they are manufacturing,
how hard would it be to silkscreen a _description_ on the thing, while they
are doing the part number?
"501-1234 FDDI Mode Z transceiver for SBUS"
I'm holding in my hands a commodity ISA-bus serial-parallel card, from about
1988. It has not only the part number, manufacturer's name, and a
description on it, but, on the back, a complete table of all the jumper
settings. If the Taiwanese can do it for $15 generic PC parts with
razor-thin profit margins, you'd think Sun could do it for $500 network
cards and $2,000 processors.
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