From: Jonathan Kirwan
Subject: Re: Thermal resistance--does this sound right?
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On Sat, 7 Sep 2002 01:34:40 +0100, John Woodgate
>I read in sci.electronics.design that Phil Hobbs s.ibm.com> wrote (in <3D78ECA4.4FAAE397@SpamMeSenseless.us.ibm.com>)
>about 'Thermal resistance--does this sound right?', on Fri, 6 Sep 2002:
>>Thermal transfer materials suppliers also peddle a lot of snake oil.
;) Must be a secret ingredient. I've definitely got some thermal
compound here which I'm absolutely sure must be mostly snake oil, but
darned if I can't find that listed in its ingredients...
>What is its thermal resistance, then?
Good question. Guess someone ought to go grab up some of that stuff
and do a little experiment, eh?
In 1880, a newspaper article described a Pennsylvania man as "a
celebrated hunter, trapper and snake-tamer by the name of John Geer."
The article goes on to say how he killed rattlesnakes and extracted
"oil from their bodies." The article added: "this oil is very useable
and sells readily for $1 per ounce. It is said to have great curative
A cowboy named Clark Stanley called himself "The Rattlesnake King" and
sold a Snake Oil Liniment that was reputedly "good for man and beast."
In 1893, at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Stanley is
said to have held crowds spellbound as, dressed in colorful western
garb, he slaughtered hundreds of rattlesnakes, processing the juices
into his cure-all.
A circa 1890s advertisement described Stanley's snake oil as "A
wonderful pain destroying compound." It was "the strongest and best
liniment known for the cure of all pain and lameness" and treated
"rheumatism, neuralgia, sciatica, lame back, lumbago, contracted
muscles, toothache, sprains, swellings, etc" and "cures frost bites,
chill blains, bruises, sore throat, bites of animals, insects and
reptiles," as well as "good for every thing a liniment should be good
for." (Fowler, Gene, ed. 1997, "Mystic Healers and Medicine Shows,"
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Ancient City Press.)
With all that to its credit, that stuff might make a darned good
thermal compound; "reducing the ravages of CPU heat exhaustion,
repairing the effects of excessive dopant and metalized pathway
diffusion, and correcting thermal inbalances and restoring the desired
and proper operation in any and all systems, electrical or