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Jim Huggins
May 12th, 2007
03:52 pm
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When did that happen?
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?

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Date:May 12th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
It's nice, isn't it? You can get stuff done in half the time (or even less). My computer has no screws to take the side panel off. I LOVE it.


PS: Sorry about you feeling old.
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Date:May 13th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)

Take Heart, for Now!

My team has been building 20 to 40 industrialized and semi-industrialized PC's per month for the last 5 years (since I've been with the company). We are just coming out of some sort of glided age of component compatibility. The pendulum is swinging the other way -- back to no simple rules of compatibility and interchangeability. And I've only now begun to look at VISTA, which looks to me to be the death knell of PNP on the software layer.

Used to be I could do an inet order from memory (just pick and place based on the knowledge of what goes in the box) and have the parts the next AM. Turn it over to a tech and have a screamer by COB.
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