Should you correct production mistakes?

Tony Duell ard at
Thu Aug 26 13:24:49 CDT 2010

> Tony Duell wrote:
>  > I could trivially desolder the IC, straighten the pin, and solder it 
> back
>  > properly. But should I? What would others do?
> Had we found any problem analogous to that in the PDP-1 restoration, 
> where the machine operated correctly despite a manufacturing defect, I'm 
> sure we would have had a debate on whether to fix it.  I think my own 
> opinion in that case would be that we should leave it alone, but tag the 
> module (paper tag attached with a short loop of string) and document the 
> issue in the system logbook.

Seeems reasonable for such a rare machine.

> For something that isn't considered a museum artifact, I'd be more 
> inclined to fix it.

While HP262x terminals are not exactly common (this is the only one Iv'e 
ever seen...), I don't put it in the same class as the PDP1 :-)


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