_The_Doctor__, wtf is the "almost rice" version?
You really should keep your mouth shut on topics you know nothing about.
The "blue" wires on the back of the MIOs had several functions and it doesn't matter which side of the PCB they were on. I've seen ICD put them on either side.. top or bottom.
One was the deletion of the 12v power circuit from the design which happened fairly early on in the production history of MIOs, so most of them were built this way.
The second was a propagation delay for the highest order DRAM address line. It used a few spare gates in one of the ICs to add ~10-20ns of delay to that line so it would more closely line up with the others in the DRAM access timing.
Almost Rice (Tuon Ho,) is a personal friend of mine.. I assure you he had nothing to do with MIO firmware development. WareRat is the man responsible.. You should get your shit straight before flapping your jaw.
Somewhere, I've got 1.2 and 1.3 ICD MIO EPROM binaries and partial source code. I might get persuaded to dig them up if someone's interested.. But not tonight.