Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Nov 2009 20:45 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Now this is an interesting case. Late last week news got out that Apple is refusing to repair machines still under AppleCare from customers who smoke, citing health risks from second-hand smoke. Wait, what?
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Smoking and Electronics..
by Daemon_ZOGG on Sat 28th Nov 2009 17:17 UTC
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I have built and repaired PCs, Laptops, & Servers for 15 years. In that time, I can tell you these facts from hands-on experience:
1. The residue from smoking is murder on optical systems(i.e. CD/DVD drives). Even for brief periods per day. Regardless if it is powered on or not.

2. Exposed connectors, extra expansion slots on the system board for example, can be fouled-up with residue.

3. The electronic components on the circuits build up a layer of residue, which over time will reduce the lifetime of the components individually.

For the technician? Job security.
Recommendations for the technician:
Basic Surgical Mask, Non-Latex Surgical Gloves(powderless). Other than that, your ok.

I think apple really needs to do some SERIOUS EDITING to their warranty's fine print section.


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