[rescue] LCD monitor diagnosis

Sandwich Maker adh at an.bradford.ma.us
Fri Apr 21 08:00:22 CDT 2006

" From: Charles Shannon Hendrix <shannon at widomaker.com>
" Good PCs aren't unreliable. They might be ugly, but there is no reason for
" them to be unreliable.
" Since they are a commodity, the same thing happens that happens to all
" commodities: big companies start mass producting corner-cut replicas as fast
" as possible, and eventually come to depend on their unreliability as a source
" of new revenue.
" Technically, there is no reason for even a cheap PC, plastic bucket, or stereo
" to die young.
" If consumers would quit putting up with crap, it wouldn't sell...
" Unfortunately, they create the market that the rest of us have to live
" with.

this is the 'triumph' of the marketplace.  it is hard for the
uninformed to judge quality but easy to compare price.

then there's 'feature burnout', a new phenomenon i just heard of,
apparently most prevalent among the college-age crowd.  lotsa dongles
and blinkenlights sound really atractive in the store, but when you
get the **** thing home you wish it would -just-play-music- or
whatever its main purpose is.  want a mouse pad with clock,
calculator, etc built in?  so complicated you need an owner's manual
for a friggin' -mouse-pad-?!?  there is such a beast.

a new yorker cartoon skewered this perfectly a few years ago.  it's of
a woman asking a salesman 'do you have a phone that doesn't do very
Andrew Hay                                  the genius nature
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adh at an.bradford.ma.us                       and think what none thought

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