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Since all new computers basically use the same type components to build
their computers I expect if there is any danger, there would be Danger
in New Desktop PC's as well.
I expect that French group just has a thing against Macs and want to
stir up controversy. Or they don't no their backside from a Hole in the
I went to a computer shop twice this week to get a new Hard Drive to
replace the original Hard Drive on my G4-500 (about 6-8 years old).
First to get one second to swap it for another new one it (the
originally was making a Funny noise).
He had several Brand new Gateways running (new ones) and they had an
unusual smell to them.
Also when you buy a new Car that new car smell you have for the first
few months are the very same chemicals they are talking about.
So it no big deal. after a two or three weeks it goes away.
Hmmm? Maybe that why I have to now use a CPAP machine to sleep at night.
I would like to see the report on parts per million in the air around
one of these Mac Pros.
In the United States the limit is .5 ppm for benzene or 5ppm for 15
minutes in high density situations.
Trace amounts of benzene may result whenever carbon-rich materials
undergo incomplete combustion. It is produced in volcanoes and forest
fires, and is also a component of cigarette smoke
So simply stating that 'some' benzene was found airborne around a Mac
Pro computer is not quite proving anything.
The current Apple official response is
get a reading of benzene levels around your computer and communicate
that data to us. Even the French report doesn't state levels, just that
some toxins were found in air samples from around Mac Pros, including
It is also unclear at this point whether the Mac Pros in question were
the ones produced in China, or also included the ones produced in
California. Only those produced prior to the summer of 2007 are
suspected in any case.
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By the way I am familiar with that particular situation.
When I went to tech school for electronics, as a requisite for getting
any grades, required you to get a job at a Local TV shop. Or somewhere
that required services of of a TV Technician.
This was back in very early 70's, late 60's. So this was back in the day
of electron Tubes. We had a set come in That had smell as referenced by
your jpg file. the critter in question walked across a burn out fuse
that was wired between two terminal strips. when it walked over the fuse
it completed the circuit. It was stiff as a Poker.