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November 1, 2010

A Look Inside GirlTech Sugar Cubes

at 6:54 pm. Filed under Electronic Hacks


Joby Taffey from EE-Fail cracked open a GirlTech Sugar Cube to see what made them tick. You are able to decide what type of device you have by playing with the configuration jumpers. I am not surprised at how shitty the build quality looks, I guess the only QC is if the thing works and not how well it was constructed.



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8 Responses to “A Look Inside GirlTech Sugar Cubes”

  1. Jason Doege Says:

    Believe it or not, that is pretty much the only QC that is done for any commercial product. “works” might mean different things and, if it is explicitly expected that people will inspect build quality, than that is part of the definition of “works” for that product, but it rarely is. Let me ask you this, do you know what the inside of your car’s door looks like? When installing a car stereo, I found a lost/forgotten/discarded screwdriver inside the door of one of my cars. Most people do not take apart their cars to inspect the build quality and are satisfied that they work and appear as intended.

  2. Exitao Says:

    I think you’ve [Jason] hit upon the real point of Parekh’s criticism, “build quality” and not QC. Where cosmetics aren’t part of QC criteria, e.g. for internal components, build quality is bound to give a truer glimpse into the designers’ and workers’ attitudes.

    The design doesn’t give a lot of room to work, but it is inelegant and does look like crap.

  3. George Johnson Says:

    I worked at a medical device company that made mostly equipment for infants, to keep them ALIVE! Now defunct….

    Making a long story short, they used a flux/remover combo that actually ate the traces on the board. My job was fixing them. It was obvious this one unit wouldn’t last long in the field because of the corrosion, so I went to “QC” and asked them if they would eventually pass the board, since I “could” fix it.

    Their response?? “I don’t know, we never look inside of them”…..

    As I walked away, I threw it in the trash and eventually got fired for doing so. I would NOT sign MY name on that device.

    So yeah, unless there’s a Gov. contract, I wouldn’t bet on there being ANY QC.

    The amazing thing is, before “we become a better company” (by hiring morons as VP’s etc…) they actually had some VERY high standards. I started out there assembling the boars, and it was tough to get one out the door without it coming back at least two or three times.

    So they “saved money” by turning out trash, and eventually going out of business.

  4. techqc Says:

    Qc means it works and will continue to work as designed.

    We do a lot of things in the jungle that are fairly ugly
    but work as designed in swampy tropical environments
    under harsh usage for extended periods of time.

    The object shown was probably assembled under the most galling conditions.

    It looks remarkably similar to some of things I have had to assemble/repair
    while working under a tarpaulin in the remotest rainforests of SEAsia.

  5. patrick Says:

    lol, why do i see a ad for adult video’s with this post?

  6. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Patrick,

    I guess I am getting different ads than you are seeing. I am getting some Electronic Technician training ads.

  7. Jason Doege Says:

    @Exitao : I often feel the same way, but the simple fact of the matter is that markets won’t pay more for it. Those of us who care about such things form a minuscule minority compared to those who, as I said, “are satisfied that they work and appear as intended.” I wonder if we should even care if it “looks” like it was assembled with care and craftsmanship if it otherwise meets spec. If we should, how much should we be willing to pay for that?

  8. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hey techqc,

    I wonder if this board was made in a factory with tarps keeping most of the elements out which would make it similar conditions to the rain forest you work in. I am now more thankful than every that I get to build stuff in a dry environment with everything I need within arms reach!

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