When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Time and time again, irreparable system damage has been the fundamental motivation for a teardown, and a (dramatically) defunct Insteon power line modem has this engineer doing post-mortem analysis once again.
A looming birthday, coupled with pessimism that component prices would drop to reasonable levels any time soon, leads to the planning for yet another PC build.
After choosing the CPUs for upcoming PC builds, this engineer turns his attention to their motherboards, and to the core logic contained on them.
When workstations running MS-DOS begin spontaneously rebooting in a newsroom, the user's choice of footwear becomes an important clue to solving the issue.