Compaq//safety issues

From: Charles E. Fox <>
Date: Wed Jul 22 08:47:50 1998

At 08:10 AM 7/21/98 -0400, you wrote:
>> Generally I'd agree, but in the case of the DEC VR201 I was challenged
>< > It took me some 2 hrs. and I was ready to rip the case off before I fina
>< > figured out that "that interesting little button on the rear" concealed
>< > screw that held it all together. I think some fine art students on peyot
>< > must have designed that case. It is unique I will admit.
>< >
>< > ciao larry
>< >
>While the VT100 case was easy to open the legal climate changed and easy
>to open meant users (meaning idiots) should open it and hurt themselves
>so they could sue. Screws like that oen in the VR200 and also others were
>meant as a legal dodge as if you went through all the trouble to open that
>you were delberate and if anything bad happnes it's on your head not DECs.
>As some oen involved in the design process we always had to banance easy
>to open with should it be openable at all. I know I was around DEC from
>83->93 and worked with the corperate safety folks. You would not believe
>the stories we would share...
        Todays paper has an article about a fourteen year old Southern Ontario boy
who electrocuted himself while using his computer "when the keyboard became
disconnected and he tried to plug it in"!!
        This sounds nearly impossible and very hard on all the young people who
are trying to conn a computer out of their parents.
        If I hear any more I will pass it along.

                                                                Charlie Fox
Received on Wed Jul 22 1998 - 08:47:50 BST

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