Friday, September 21, 2012
Fascinating look into a factory making motherboards.
A motherboard is the component that holds the CPU --Central Processing Unit -- in your computer. It generally holds your memory and has lots of connectors on it for your peripherals -- your disk drives and such.
This is an old-fashioned sort of factory. It mentions that Giga Byte is now the last motherboard manufacturer in Taiwan. China is Taiwan's Taiwan now.
I've worked in a clean room factory on electronic stuff before. Defense plant stuff. It's a bizarre atmosphere. No natural light all day makes you weird. It's doubly weird if you work the night shift. If you sleep all day, in the winter you never see the sun.
It was a very long time ago, but I still remember the mnemonic device for remembering what the colored stripes on the resistors we used meant: Bad Boys Rape Our Young Girls But Violet Gives Willingly is how it was taught to us. They've since tried to make it more politically correct, and hence, less memorable.
These motherboards are generally sold to housebound agoraphobes covered in cheeto dust who play video games and put together their own rigs. The world is getting strange. An ax is more useful than a computer now.