Category Archive: Technology

August 5, 2011

HP TouchPad in Denver… Or Not.

Can this be real? If you use a HP TouchPad in Denver, the product warranty will be blown. That is the conclusion we drew reading the TouchPad product specification in conjunction with the fine print from the limited warranty. The “Environmental Requirements“1 for the HP TouchPad state: “Altitude (unpressurized) Operating 0 to 5,000 ft (0 [...]

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August 4, 2011

TSA Cancer Clusters…

Everyone surely knows the whole body naked-scanning machines that TSA rushed into service at airports around the country immediately after the mid-term elections. These days they are impossible to miss while traveling. If one were to wonder if safety was forgotten in the rush to field the machines as quickly as possible, here’s some food [...]

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February 22, 2010

RoHS (lead-free electronics) A Possible Cause For Toyota Recall

The European “Reduction of Hazardous Substances” regulations (aka RoHS) might have claimed another victim. A few years ago a billion dollar Swatch watch recall was apparently related to tin whiskers, a known failure mode of RoHS-compliant electronics.1 Now, according to an industry news report, Toyota might have fallen victim to the same thing.2 We’re sure [...]

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January 10, 2010

Google – Don’t Be Evil? Yeah, Right.

One has to wonder who still buys the tagline from Google to not be evil? It’s not too long ago that Google participated in censorship of the Internet for the Chinese government1, so that the Communist leadership would accept Google. It seems that the Chinese keep Google on a relatively short leash, reminding them sometimes [...]

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