They REALLY don't make 'em like that anymore

It's the pre-IBM-PC days of desktop computers, and this pilot fish sells a pair of them to a hotel accounting department half a world away from Silicon Valley.

"The customer used the computers for a month and then called to say that smoke was coming from one of them," says fish.

"We went over to check. The smoking computer's power supply was set to the standard US voltage of 120V. The other's was set to 240V. We checked the wall supply. 240V.

"The computer had been running at twice its normal voltage, for a month, before giving up and burning. This was, of course, before the time of auto-voltage supplies.

"Our senior engineer muttered something about bloody incompetent installation engineers and replaced the power supply, switched it to 240V -- and then put a label on the switch (which faced the wall) saying 'Keep your bloody fingers off.'"

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