Electro-Static Discharge Prevention in the Home
by Mark W. Hibben
"Not My Fault"
When I'm shopping for a new electronic component or device, I often peruse the comment pages of a site such as Newegg.com to read what people think of it. I find this is useful feedback, especially for computer components such as motherboards and CPUs. Even when a product receives a good overall rating from a large number of reviewers, it's not unusual for a few people to complain of successive repeated failures of the same board or device. It never occurs to these folks that they might be doing anything wrong. Instead they complain about the poor quality of the product. Indeed they may be doing nothing wrong as far as they can tell, because the damage they are inflicting is often completely invisible: electro-static discharge (ESD).