[conspire] curious as to why Seagate would offer a 1.5T external hard drive with only USB 2.0

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Apr 13 12:42:30 PDT 2009

I wrote:

> Had I called Tandem (which had then been bought by Tandem), I'd probably
                                                     ^^^^^^  "Compaq"
> have heard that I could send back my entire Tandem minicomputer under
> warranty, but not just a drive.  So, I did the obvious and took the unit
> back to NCA, waited in the extremely long returns line, and exchanged
> the unit for a different make (Maxtor, I think).
> There was a mini-scandal a bit over a decade ago, about a Dell
                        Might have been Gateway 2000.  A major OEM, anyway.
> workstation computer's bundled ATI video card:  An alert purchaser had 
> picked the card out to examine it, and found that it was cut-rate
> compared to the separate retail model Dell had claimed it to be.  Turned
> out, ATI had done special production runs of an OEM _variant_ of one of
> its flagship cards, cutting back the amount of video RAM and making
> other cost-saving parts substitutions.  

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