Those of us who work on the internals of various types of computers know that it can be uncomfortable all the way to down right painful. Newer and more expensive cases are very smooth, they have nice surfaces that the skin can slide along. However, older cases, especially those provided by manufacturers often have garish metal extrusions on the interior of drive bays and other cramped spaces. Of course what happens then is you, feverishly working on installing a new whizbang IDE drive, violently slide the old drive that was in the bay out and catch your knuckle on something, causing it to be ripped open and bleed. The computer's thirst is fulfilled, and you finish the installation, but for how long? For how long?!?!

Not long enough, obviously.
Oh, sure. They'll play along for a little while, they let you install Linux, play a few games of tetris, then bam! Your video card dies. Or has it? It might be a trick to get you to open the case. And when you do, what horrors do you find? I was once attacked by an ethernet card. Another time I discovered a swarm of black widows that had taken up residence on my pentium motherboard. (Clearly, they had been drawn in by the totally evil vibes sent forth by the processor)

There is only one way to escape the horror. Buy a laptop. Not only are the critical parts usually pretty easy to replace, but if something really big dies, your only hope is to throw it out and buy a new one. Clearly, economics at it's finest.

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