Service problems due to Taiwanese corporate espionage

Guest Blogger: Dr Cherry
Lately, you may have experienced problems accessing the site or sending us email. I offer my apologies and believe I’ve finally isolated the problem.

It started when Taiwanese corporate spies stole the secret formula for the electrolyte material inside electronics capacitors. Apparently, they failed to get the entire formula and as a result, millions of poor-quality capacitors have turned up in consumer electronics, including computer motherboards.

Until Sunday afternoon, the server that powers this website had a Gigabyte GA-7VA motherboard running the show.

Over the past months the server displayed a variety of vague problems, including becoming unresponsive for unknown reasons. After replacing suspect hard drives, memory, and a power supply, one of my colleagues suggested I check for bulging capacitors.

After spotting these, I’m amazed it would even boot.

Sunday I replaced the motherboard, so if things seem a little snappier, it’s because of the 2.8 GHz Celeron D replacement.


Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague
http://www.siliconchip.com.au/cms/A_30328/article.html
http://news.com.com/PCs+plagued+by+bad+capacitors/2100-1041_3-5942647.html

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7 Comments

  1. cleo love-paste
    Posted March 27, 2007 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Don’t listen to him. It was a Golem made of ball hair that tore the system down.

  2. Dr. Cherry
    Posted March 27, 2007 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Do you have photo-evidence?

  3. egpenet
    Posted March 27, 2007 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    It was maple syrup drippeg from Mark’s nose, eyes and ears!

  4. mark
    Posted March 27, 2007 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    If anyone wants to be in my new band, Ball Hair Golem, I’ll be practicing in the basement. Just knock on the window.

    And thank you for posting this heartfelt apology, Mr. Cherry. In the spirit of Jesus Christ, I have decided to forgive you and/or turn you into a pillar of salt. (You’ll have my decision by Monday.)

  5. Dr. Cherry
    Posted March 28, 2007 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    ’! wtf, that was supposed to be cured!

  6. dr. teddy glass
    Posted March 28, 2007 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Cherry, did you get Oedipal with the motherboard?

  7. Dr. Cherry
    Posted March 28, 2007 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, after I figured out what happened I gouged out my eyes and started wandering the land in darkness.

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