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 Jun 15, 2009 - 02:07 PM - by Michael
* Classic design mistakes

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Way back when, about everything wasn't standardized - as a result, there were some doozies of design mistakes.

They still go on - Dell, for instance, ships no machine with a PCI-Express Power connector on their power supplies. But these are real classics.

The Apple III?s lack of power supply fan caused system to heat up, warping the motherboard and unseating certain socketed chips.

According to Apple insiders, Steve Jobs? zeal for a simple and silent computer design forced the Apple III team to exclude a cooling fan for the power supply. Apple later suggested a simple fix for the heat-warping problem: raise the Apple III a few inches off a hard surface and drop it, hopefully re-seating the chips in the process. Fortunately, that advice wasn?t required for later Apple computers that lacked fans.


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