Sherlock Ohms: Case of the Computer Preferring Leather

Sherlock Ohms: The Case of the Seasonal Computer Crash - RF CafeSherlock Ohms is a regular feature of Design News that presents submissions from readers about troubleshooting challenges and how they were solved. Computer Shuts Down Unless You're Wearing Leather reminds us of how far we have come with ESD protection. I remember how back in the 1980s, on a mission to demonstrate the vulnerability to non-believers, a group of techs (me included) would scuff our shoes on carpet and touch our fingers to IBM XT keyboards causing them to glitch or shut down. Then, we'd remark on how the IBM Selectric typewriter on the adjoining desk would never do that. No, I don't long for the return of the typewriter.

Posted  January 2013