Where There's Smoke, There Are Sun Rays

Sun Microsystems' low-cost Sun Ray 1 workstation shipped with an interesting feature: When users shut down the system, it occasionally made a popping sound, and smoke billowed out of its ventilation holes. No, the machine wasn't catching fire (and no, it wasn't announcing the arrival of a new Pope)—apparently, a simple hardware glitch was to blame. But in any event, Sun provided a fix for the problem.

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