Hello Ruud, >> I hope the above is not too trivial, but would be interested to >> know if the above is typical. >Things that you use become older and will break one day, thing you don't >use, remain new. Do I have to say more? :) Not necessarily true from what I have read (somewhere on the net no doubt). Semiconductor durability can have a lot to do with the quality of the packaging, in particular how air-tight it is. I have heard people say that Commodore (MOS tech) had poor packaging quality control and even if hardware was not used, storage in a loft or basement could result in the chips going bad even though there was no visible board degradation. I don't know if this is true or some conspiracy by Zilog and Motorola to discredit MOS, but it seems reasonable enough to me. I've had boards which look like they have been retrieved from a swamp work perfectly, yet have had boards carefully stored for a few years fail to power up. - Nick PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The contents of this email (including any attachments) may be privileged and confidential. Any unauthorised use of the contents is expressly prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please advise us immediately (you can contact us by telephone on +61 8 9441 2311 by reverse charge) and then permanently delete this email together with any attachments. We appreciate your co-operation. Whilst Orbital endeavours to take reasonable care to ensure that this email and any attachments are free from viruses or other defects, Orbital does not represent or warrant that such is explicitly the case (C) 2000: Orbital Engine Company (Australia) PTY LTD and its affiliates Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
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