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Couple Bonding Through PC Building 465

Posted by kdawson
from the heads-and-hearts-together dept.
mikemuch writes "When his lovely girlfriend Glenda needed a new PC, Jason Cross, who spends much of the week assembling PCs with the latest gear to test for ExtremeTech, decided he would let her build it herself. She gave him her list of needs, he came up with a part list, and then watched as she did all the screwdriver wielding herself. Despite a DOA hard drive and some mis-connected wires, everyone was smiling when it was all finished. (Slide show here.)"
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Couple Bonding Through PC Building

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  • GAAAAH!!! (Score:5, Informative)

    by mark-t (151149) <markt&lynx,bc,ca> on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @02:52AM (#20153125) Journal

    She's using a power-screwdriver on a computer????

    For crying out loud, it's a computer case, not a swingset and not furniture... The point of the screw is to hold things in place, not to fix them so fast that they are going to be resistant to coming out.

    I was taught that you _ALWAYS_ hand-tighten screws on a computer case, and even then only just to the point that it just stops turning freely, because that way you won't accidentally strip the threads.

  • Re:How is this news? (Score:5, Informative)

    by weighn (578357) <> on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @03:17AM (#20153269) Homepage

    I hope slashdot will provide further encouragement by covering the first girl to attend University or do nuclear physics.
    Marie Curie [] was covered in this story [] last year. She did nuclear physics AND was the first female professor at the Sorbonne.
  • by Baricom (763970) on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @03:53AM (#20153433)
    At the moment, it's 5.9. 6.0 and up is undefined and reserved for future hardware changes. (P.S., this is the first result [] for the query "vista experience scale" on Google.)
  • Vista Ultimate (Score:5, Informative)

    by brucmack (572780) on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @05:09AM (#20153753)

    From the article:

    Operating System: Windows Vista Ultimate
    Glenda has been using my computer for months with Vista installed, and she likes it. Also, Vista is required for DirectX 10, which means she'll need it if she wants the games on her PC to look as good as the games on my PC. And if they didn't, I'd never hear the end of it. So Vista it is!

    Fine, she likes Vista. But why Vista Ultimate? According to Microsoft's own comparison chart [], ultimate just gives additional backup, encryption, remote desktop, and fax & scan capabilities... none of which are apparently needed from her list of needs.

  • Re:How is this news? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Chrisje (471362) on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @07:12AM (#20154381)
    Do I sound like "some people" to you?

    I will go as far as to consider registering the partnership at a civil notary. Furthermore, I will recognize the unborn foetus to make sure the child, upon birth, is issued a Dutch passport along with its Israeli passport.

    I will not, however, partake in ceremonies that have their roots in organized religion. So no, I would not consider getting married. Frankly, I take offence in the fact that you actually posted that comment.
  • Re:How is this news? (Score:5, Informative)

    by mh1997 (1065630) on Wednesday August 08, 2007 @08:02AM (#20154677)

    I will go as far as to consider registering the partnership at a civil notary...I will not, however, partake in ceremonies that have their roots in organized religion.
    Darn, even notaries have their toots in organized religion!

    NOTARII was the term given to shorthand writers who in the early days of the Christian Church reported the examinations and trials of the early Christian martyrs and confessors. They were employed to take down in writing the whole judicial process of the Roman judges against the martyrs, and to write out the circumstances of their examination and passion. The early notary recorded the questions put to the Martyrs and the answers they gave.

    The first institution of these NOTARII at Rome was under the Emperor Fabian. Notaries were also employed to take down the discourse of eloquent preachers. By this means many of St Chrystostom's sermons were preserved.

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