[rescue] Slightly OT: Bad Cap Saga
Geoffrey S. Mendelson
gsm at mendelson.com
Mon Aug 18 16:18:50 CDT 2008
On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 01:50:00PM -0700, Curious George wrote:
> Yes, but very few of those coulod be incorporated into products
> sold to lobstermen to take on their *boats* with them! :>
I don't know. You could get an HP2114 (ca 1967)on a boat. It wasn't much bigger
than the radio they would of had.
> Yes. But, I can identify bad components. Granted, if I change
> vendors on a part, I run the risk of finding my "tenders" exposed.
> *But*, once the problem is identified, it goes away (along with
> the vendor!)
One would hope. But you are assuming that the manufacturer of the item
is the vendor. You could find out for example, that every motherboard
made in a country at a specific time had the same bad capacitors in it.
> Yes, this seems to be true of "Chicago Electric" rechargeables
> here. But, they are clearly marked as such (on the price tag!)
If you buy for price, you are stuck. What about OEM batteries, which are
sold unmarked in case lots?
> But, it's just a *component* (vendor) issue, right?
> E.g., not like the consequences of moving away from Pb based
> solders, etc. (which would be industry-wide)
Yes, that's a different problem. From what I have seen there really hasn't
been a good answer to that one yet.
> Yes. I have a friend who is a big shot at a multinational
> <.....> company. He makes no bones about telling me:
> "We cut staff in a particular department until it stops
> working. Then we start adding back." I *guess* they
> can rationalize this as a valid way of doing things.
> But, it ignores the people (customers) they screw-over
> in the process!
> This is unfortunate as we have very long product lifetimes.
Since you have never said what your products are, I have no scale
to refer to it.
> Yes, but the niche gets smaller and, from a consumer's point of
> view, *higher*! :<
Yes, that is a problem.
> I don't doubt that! My point is, the controls on an LCD monitor
> *should* be intuitive to use. Just like changing the channel
> on a TV. So, presumably, you would think that whoever designed the
> device would give as much consideration to this as they did to
> the *color* of the plastic case, etc.
Well, I always like to use the comment I blogged about a mini mp3
player (back when I was blogging more often). I said it had a
user interface "like a Rubic's cube". :-)
> Regardless of how well they did/didn't do this, I can learn by
> looking at their efforts and trying to decide how intuitive *I*
> consider the interface and what aspects of it I find annoying.
> E.g., I found myself quite annoyed with monitorss that had
> two power switches. I.e., a front panel pushbutton and a
> "power disconnect" elsewhere on the unit. Granted, I can
> understand how/why thiws might be the case. But, as a user,
> I would find myself pushing the front panel button and wondering
> why it didn't power up. ("Why doesn't this LCD work like the
> last one I played with?")
That's a cultural issue. American devices always have one on/off switch
on them, and now it's often just a standby switch. European devices have
to have a hard off switch, which is usually on the back.
Well, I hate to cut you off without being given the chance to reply,
but it's well after midnight and I have to go to sleep.
Feel free to answer, but I won't see it for 8 hours or so, so don't
expect a quick reply.....
Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Jerusalem, Israel gsm at mendelson.com N3OWJ/4X1GM
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