So, I've had a FireWire card sitting on my desk for about four months now, waiting to install it in my brand new Dell XPS 400 system. I've had a lot more urgent stuff to do, so I haven't bothered with it. Besides, I know how painful it is to install new hardware.
At least, how it used to be.
So I set aside 90 minutes to work on this. First, unplug everything ... yeah, no big deal there. Then, I gotta find the twelve screws I need to take out to open the case. Hmm ... where are they? No screws? You mean I just pull this handle up here and the whole sidewall just pops out? Cool.
Ok, so then I head down to the backplane and figure out what screwdriver I need to remove one of the slot shields. Hmm. What's this blue thing in the way? You mean I pinch these two things together and the whole side pivots out? And all the slot shields are just sitting loosely on pegs, so all I have to do is lift one out?
I installed a freaking FireWire card and never had to use a screwdriver. When did PC hardware become so simple?