Remember the classic scene in each Mission Impossible episode when the “device” carrying the mission assignment would self destruct in 5 seconds? So many of us loved that gag, because, from the average consumer’s perspective, it was absurd to imagine such a fancy device intended to destroy itself by design. Of course, it seems plausible for the equipment of a top secret team of elite agents. It’s a stretch to think we, as simple civilians, would have self-destroying equipment. (This tamper-proof USB storage device is the only one I’ve heard about in recent years.) Other than my old PC’s power supply*, I don’t recall the last time a piece of my electronics blew itself to smithereens.
This was all brought to mind when I was recently shopping for Read the rest of this entry »