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Dumbest computer peripherals/addons

Postby torindkflt » 2017-12-28 @ 17:38

Just a quick curiosity on my part. What do you think would be the most utterly ridiculous, pointless, useless or stupid computer peripheral or addon?

My vote would be for the drive bay cigarette lighter:

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I recall seeing one of these advertised in a computer magazine 15-20 years ago, and even back then I thought it was a stupid idea, primarily for the following two reasons:

1. It's effectively a dead short across one rail of the power supply. I could see frequent use/misuse of this killing a PSU quite quickly.

2. Not only is it yet another place of ingress for dust and lint due to the exhaust fans, it's a place of ingress for FLAMMABLE dust and lint in a location that HEATS UP TO SEVERAL HUNDRED IF NOT THOUSANDS OF DEGREES.

Bonus why-it's-stupid reason: it further encourages smoking around a computer, and having seen dead/ailing computers with motherboards caked in cigarette tar numerous times in my life, I know what kind of damage that can cause. :-P

The ONLY potentially harmless use I could see for such an addon is now outdated due to the ubiquity of USB...that being the ability to use a car adapter to charge an ancient pre-USB cell phone while at your computer.

I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on what the most ludicrous computer addon would be.
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Re: Dumbest computer peripherals/addons

Postby Firtasik » 2017-12-28 @ 18:06

USB Humping Dog

Funny for 3 seconds and then useless and annoying.
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Re: Dumbest computer peripherals/addons

Postby konc » 2017-12-28 @ 18:14

This. Not even funny for a few seconds :lol:

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Re: Dumbest computer peripherals/addons

Postby leileilol » 2017-12-28 @ 18:28

The Intensor
Voodoo2s aren't 100mhz stock
Geforce256 isn't released as a beta on New Years '99 under the Quadro brand
DOS gaming isn't a bilinear 320x200 16:10
DOS PCs aren't better than the Macintosh
DOSBox is not for running Windows 9x
SGL != Glide
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Re: Dumbest computer peripherals/addons

Postby DracoNihil » 2017-12-28 @ 18:59

I don't remember the URL for this but on eBay somewhere, some Chinese reseller was selling a "PSU purifier card" to supposedly decrease EMI and increase the quality of analogue sound outputs.
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Re: Dumbest computer peripherals/addons

Postby cyclone3d » 2017-12-28 @ 20:05

DracoNihil wrote:I don't remember the URL for this but on eBay somewhere, some Chinese reseller was selling a "PSU purifier card" to supposedly decrease EMI and increase the quality of analogue sound outputs.


Ohhh.. there are a bunch of different versions of those dumb things.

SATA
3-pin fan
RAM (waste a RAM slot)
PCI
PCIe
USB
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Re: Dumbest computer peripherals/addons

Postby gdjacobs » 2017-12-29 @ 04:09

WRT consoles, I'd have to agree with these.
https://www.t3.com/features/20-worst-ga ... ies-ever-1

Also, the Gotcha controllers.

As far as PC hardware, my personal peeves include (in no order of severity or preference):
(1) "fake Watts" PMPO speakers
(2) "fake Watts," cut down, fire hazard, good luck making your radio work power supplies
(3) consumer HP peripherals and their virus-like driver installs

They're as stupid as paying someone to kick you in the pickles.
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