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Good ideas with bad execution, or good execution of what should be bad ideas - an analysis of inferior, off-beat or malfunctioning products, and how other people's failures can help us design better stuff.

Electrical/Electronics

Don't judge an (iPhone) connector by its shrouding

This one is meat and drink for the Made By Monkeys blog… What’s not to like, with iPhone cables, dodgy wiring and decayed grunge? Basically, while neat shrouding made things look nice from the outside, they were a bit ugly on the inside. Alice, on the Engineer in Wonderland…

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Kinetic Energy Recovery System in spotlight after F1 blaze

Battery problems are a long running issue covered here, on MBM, and here is an intersting piece on KERS, the Kinetic Energy Recovery System… On our sister site New Scientist, senior technology correspondent Paul Marks has written KERS comes under the microscope after F1 blaze He begins: The world of…

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Smoking LED torch and CE marking

Reader submissions to Made By Monkeys are always welcome, so many thanks to “Mr. C” for sending us this one concerning a suspect LED torch, which wasn’t smokin’, it was actually smoking. He highlights the apparently false safety certification on the torch, CE marking, etc… He writes: “This torch…

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The Dead Platform Graveyard - mobile lessons to learn

Falling within the purview of “good ideas, bad execution”, here’s an interesting article that tries to take an overview of what makes a platform fail, when it comes to mobile devices. And there have been a lot of failed platforms… The MD of VisionMobile, Andreas Constantinou, enumerates the more…

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Recall Corner: Sony Bravia LCD TVs

No less a distinguished company than Sony is the first to become a double-entrant of Recall Corner. It caught my eye, on Engadget, that Sony is in the process of checking some of its prestige Bravia LCD TVs – a component has been found to overheat, potentially causing the TV…

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Recall Corner: Sony VAIO laptops

Sony is standing in Recall Corner, reports PC Pro. Sony has warned that certain VAIO laptops could overheat after the discovery of a temperature gauge error. The VAIO VPCF11 and VPCCW2 series models are involved, and 535,000 units are believed to be affected…

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Recall Corner: Targus Universal Wall Power Adapter for laptops

The manufacturer of the Targus Universal Wall Power Adapter for laptops – Comarco – is the latest entrant to our Recall Corner, and the power theme continues. The adapter is being recalled after a number of reports of over-heating connector tips. Approximately 500,000 units, which were manufactured in China, are…

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May the Force be with you...

“FORCE’s EMF-7 compound provides mains with a stable molecular structure. Each threephase system is divided into four modules R,S,T,N. The weak electric current generated by EMF-7 (0,06-0,09 mA) extends the FORCE system lifespan by 30-100 years.” [The Force Efficiency System…

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