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Comment: Same as lmsensors vs. Thinkpads? (Score 1) 232

by Maavin (#42770051) Attached to: Linux: Booting Via UEFI Can Brick Samsung Notebooks
Reminds me of how lmsensors bricked some Thinkpads during the I2C probing process. It overwrote some bytes in the "security chip" and wrecked a checksum which prevented the machine from booting. IBMs answer was to replace the mainboard. You could reprogram the chip, but the information was hard, if ever, to get. Some guys offered reprogramming services for a hefty fee.
The main reason was that the security chip, wich was a extended I2C eeprom (24RF02) reacted differently to commands as its non-security counterpart.

Comment: I don't care! (Score 1) 760

by Maavin (#39411653) Attached to: iFixit's Kyle Wiens On the War On DIY Electronics
Seriously... I love to tinker and I love taking things apart and fix or hack them, I've been doing it since 25 years already. BUT I also like my iPhone and iPad because they're the only things I own where I'm not tempted to tinker around. I like that! The things just work and they do anyting I want. I stopped jailbreaking after I found out, that the only things gained are stupid customization gizmos I don't need. Like already stated: If you don't like the product don't buy it! What do you all hope to gain from your crusade? Couldn't you use all the hate-time to do something productive? Yeah I know, since I own apple products I'm tainted and couldn't possibly be objective... sigh...

Comment: Mechanical Horrors (Score 5, Informative) 119

by Maavin (#34111138) Attached to: With the Jack PC, the Computer's In the Wall!
I deployed about 200 of these things in an industrial environment (control rooms in a steel plant). They are small and perform rather good.
BUT
The electrical connection between the the JackPC and its shell is terrible! Some are so weak, that you only have to bump into the table and they lose connection.
It's so bad we considered soldering a short cat5 pigtail directly to the damn things and fix everything with hot glue...

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