there's no "universal spare part database" that manufacturers upload to
And if there was, they'd still want the $50 to download the part file so you could print it yourself. Heck, I ran across a book on amazon the other day that was $25 for hardcover or $25 for kindle.
He couldn't be more dead-on regarding the Japanese. When I worked for a telecom vendor, we had a major project to adapt our software and hardware for NTT (Nippon Telephone & Telegraph.)
Two things I remember most:
*) The call we got about our 'defective' hardware. Turns out our own specifications called for 4 mounting screws to be included for a given circuit pack. We shipped 5. The call, after much cultural posturing, boiled down to "You mean you think our installers are imcompetent? You think so little of us?"
*) We had another circuit pack that had a severe overheating problem - when it hit this failure mode the heatsinks* would drop off into the bottom of the shelf. One of our executives told them "This is by design. It shortens the time to total failure, which reduces the overall fire risk." He was fired the next day.
[*the card had 3 DSPs, each with a heatsink that wasn't physically mounted, but stuck on with some kind of conductive glue.]
Ok, it allows third-party downloadable apps (their own app store?,) but "media-server functions have been omitted."
Can I pull media from my linux fileserver or not?
If the omitted functions just means it doesn't have local storage, then fine. I'm just hoping they don't cripple or disallow apps that can remotely fetch media.
If I could get that plus Netflix on a ~$100 box, I'd be all over it.
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