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Subject: Re: Ripe Apples
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Subject: Re: Ripe Apples
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On 11/09/2017 03:59 PM, Alan Browne wrote:
> On 2017-11-09 09:03, nospam wrote:

>> it makes a lot more sense to optimize a computer for every day use, 
>> versus something that *might* happen.
>> some cars have the battery in the wheel well, requiring a wheel to
>> be removed just to swap the battery. since car batteries usually last
>> 5-10 years, that's a very good design decision.
> No, it's a horrible decision.  Batteries here rarely last 5 years due to 
> the harsh winters.  Having to remove a wheel to even examine a battery 
> for its condition is absolute stupidity.  I see why you admire it.

I can think of a half dozen people who are glad my Ford F-150 doesn't 
require removing the wheel for access to the battery. Those half dozen 
people are also glad I carry jumper cables to jump start their cars.

Making machines easy to service is a smart design decision, and not 
always mutually exclusive with making machines optimum for everyday use.

(OTOH, I replaced my original equipment truck battery at eight years 
here in southwest Indiana!)

Ken Hart