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Comment: Re:Why not buy assembled? (Score 1) 391

by conureman (#47577667) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Could save a bit of money that way, if I could afford it. I have to buy one piece at a time, (It comes straight out of my beer budget). Last year's hotness, generally, so I barely end up spending much more than a complete new one, but they seem to hold up a good long time in game world.
Living in the San Francisco Bay region has helped me with access to cheap parts, I think.

Comment: Re:Blue Smoke (Score 1) 391

by conureman (#47577587) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Do you know the razor-blade trick? A guy shipped me some seriously under-packed socket 939 Opterons on an ebay deal, so naturally they were completely fucked on arrival, he suggested I use a blade to push the strays back into line. Actually worked, (I can scarcely see those little pins) coulda saved me a few hundred $ in the old days.
I suppose its common knowledge, but I sorta taught myself and had not figured that one out.

Comment: Re:Similar Revolts (Score 1) 501

by conureman (#35525580) Attached to: UN Backs Action Against Colonel Gaddafi

I haven't done the math, but I've always heard that @$100/Barrel it becomes viable to squeeze oil out of shale. "They" say that's all that keeps OPEC from reaming us any worse than at present. I'm fencing in a little bit more pasture for vegetables this year and buying more spare tires for my bikes in anticipation of the next big news.

"I have more information in one place than anybody in the world." -- Jerry Pournelle, an absurd notion, apparently about the BIX BBS