[H-GEN] Heated Computing (Was "Bad experiences with distros")

Stuart Longland stuartl at longlandclan.hopto.org
Tue Aug 10 02:28:07 EDT 2004


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Russell Stuart wrote:

| On a personal note, I have yet to see a computer burst into
| flames.  But I have burnt myself (as in blistered finger) on
| a CPU, because I had used "1$:  jmp 1$" instead of "halt" for
| the idle loop.  I avoided halt because it didn't work on some
| other "compatible" versions of the same CPU.  The incident was
| of notable (to me anyway), because it was the only time a
| coding bug caused me physical injury.

Actually, I saw an article in one of the magazines the other day
(might've been Australian Personal Computer, but I can't recall)
mentioning how someone ended up getting his lap blistered whilst using
his laptop for an extended period of time.

Given that these machines are getting to this sort of heat, I wouldn't
be at all suprised if a laptop was later found responsible for burning
down a house.

(Mine thankfully, running a whopping PII 300MHz, does little more than
keep one's lap warm.  About as good as a cuddly feline, without the claws)
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