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From: email@example.com (Dale Chisholm)
Subject: Re: Generating Serial Numbers
Date: 24 Oct 2002 22:02:37 -0700
References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> <4b8a72c48aM.Seifert@t-online.de> <3DB8444C.FBB8BC5B@saic.com>
NNTP-Posting-Date: 25 Oct 2002 05:02:37 GMT
RP Henry wrote in message news:<3DB8444C.FBB8BC5B@saic.com>...
> Matthias Seifert wrote:
> I worked for a company that had a company-wide "tracking number"
> system. All products were "serialized" from the same count. No number
> was ever used twice, and many numbers were never used, since a product
> manager would reserve a block of numbers and then not always use them
> I worked at another place that started all systems serial numbers at
I've encountered s/n's assigned on a company-wide or product-family
basis, rather than by specific model. I think it's fairly common when
the products are specialized or semi-custom (somebody mentioned
Also, various check-digits or even portions of public-key crypto
systems can be added to serial numbers. On products with significant
re-configurability, this might be used to help ensure the customer
gets only the options or capability he paid for. (EG, he can't just
order a replacement ROM chip for the Super-Deluxe version and expect
it to upgrade his Bare-Bones unit.)
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