[rescue] [off-topic] Vacuuming your servers is like cleaning them with a Van deGraff generator

Nate Raymond nraymond at gmail.com
Thu Jul 28 14:19:27 CDT 2011

On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 3:07 PM, Robert Darlington <rdarlington at gmail.com>wrote:

> Why would I, as a designer of boards for mass production, include an extra
> $0.02 part when the fan will never run without me powering it?  I can save
> $20,000 on a one million board run just buy cutting out that part.  If you
> break it by doing something dumb, my warranty won't cover it and you'll buy
> another one from me.  It makes sense to not include protection there.

I buy fans that rate highly in comparative reviews and are rated for >
100,000 hours MTBF.  They tend to be designed by German firms in a lot of
cases (I guess they take their fans seriously).  I typically end up paying
$15-$20 per fan.  I hope they have some extra protections in them. :)

- Nate

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