Nobody else said it, so I will- how close is the outlet to the counter, or
any other surfaces that get sprayed with cleanser on a regular basis? Is
this a wall jack and wall phone, or a baseboard outlet? Only other thing I
can think of is the hot damp air reacting with the mold release on the jack,
or the jack itself is incredibly cheap plastic, and decomposing in the heat
and humidity. The anti-rust jelly the telco guy described in his post is
unlikely to be in an inside-use residential jack, especially one you
yourself bought at the big-box and installed. Next time it fails, try to
find a jack not made in China.
That will be a challenge, indeed. Those few that are NOT made in China are
made in Mexico.
Then, again, the RJ11 connecting block is not a particularly sophisticated
device. It shouldn't make any difference WHERE it's made. They're all cheap
junque anymore. <sigh>
And what's wrong with that?
Mexico doesn't have nuclear-tipped ICBMs targeted on American cities.
Mexico is not a communist dictatorship.
Mexico has a capitalist economy.
Mexico has a (more-or-less) freely elected government.
Mexico doesn't execute people for expressing their political beliefs.
Mexico doesn't imprison people for practicing their religious beliefs.
Mexico doesn't control its population by forcing women to have abortions.
If you can't buy something made at home, better you buy it from your poor but
decent next door neighbor than from nasty SOB on the other side of the globe.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
On Sun, 24 Jun 2007 14:17:25 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Doug Miller)
graced this newsgroup with:
not to join the political debate but if Mexico put more of their
profits back into the economy, we might not have so many of their
noble citizens running for the border.
but you're right, better them (and Canada btw), than China.
There are certain countries that I will not hesitate to buy from. (not
listed in any specific order)
USA - absolute top preference and will pay higher price to obtain it if I
China - but only if there is no other option and its something that I have
to get now.
what's concerned me is the recent rash of recall on toys and other
items containing lead paint from China. Also every baby toy from China
seems to be recalled for a choking hazard. Let's not even mention
the dog/cat food fiasco.
I just purchased a "pair" of 18-inch bolt cutters from our local Ace Hardware
store. I had two choices:
$20 - China
$50 - USA
I paid $30 more for the USA-made tool. The USA-made tool exhibited obvious
manufacture and feature superiority to the China-made tool.
Obviously, I hope it was worth the 150% price difference.
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