Another week, another set. The end of this set and the next set is going to be a bit week, I’ve been fighting a cold among other things that have been distracting me. That said, I kinda like how “Along … Continue reading →
6 Weeks into Project 365! I really need to get better at posting this as part of my routine (perhaps Sunday is a good habit to get into). You can of course watch it progress through the week on Flickr … Continue reading →
Number based consumerism is when a consumer bases their buying habits on one or more numbers typically part of a products specifications. You likely see this all the time, and perhaps even have been guilty of it yourself. It’s most prevalent in technology though it exists in other sectors.
A few weeks ago, one of my work PC’s decided to just died on me. It was able to reboot but crashed late in the boot process. Eventually it turned out that one of the video cards (NVIDIA Geforce4 MX4000) went bad. Pulled the card and I just threw it on a shelf. The other day I looked at it and noticed 4 of the 5 capacitors on it actually vented. I took a few quick pictures of the carnage. You’ll likely want to go to the real high resolution pics to see the detail.
The alarming thing about this is that capacitors are found in a very widespread range of products. That’s why backups are important when you have critical systems.