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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Write-Only Memory

It is real.

Here it is, in all its Wikipedia glory

Out of frustration with the long and seemingly useless chain of approvals required of component specifications, during which no actual checking seemed to occur, an engineer at Signetics once created a specification for a write-only memory and included it with a bunch of other specifications to be approved. This inclusion came to the attention of Signetics management only when regular customers started calling and asking for pricing information. Signetics published a corrected edition of the data book and requested the return of the 'erroneous' ones.

And here is the April Fool's prank pulled by Signetics:

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