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MS Design Lets You Put Batteries In Any Way You Want 453

jangel writes "While its strategy for mobile devices might be a mess, Microsoft has announced something we'll all benefit from. The company's patented design for battery contacts will allow users of portable devices — digital cameras, flashlights, remote controls, toys, you name it — to insert their batteries in any direction. Compatible with AA and AAA cells, among others, the 'InstaLoad' technology does not require special electronics or circuitry, the company claims."

Son Sues Mother Over Facebook Posts 428

Most kids hate having their parents join in on a discussion on Facebook, but one 16-year-old in Arkansas hates it so much he has filed suit against his mother, charging her with harassment. From the article: "An Arkadelphia mother is charged with harassment for making entries on her son's Facebook page. Denise New's 16-year-old son filed charges against her last month and requested a no-contact order after he claims she posted slanderous entries about him on the social networking site. New says she was just trying to monitor what he was posting." Seems like he could just unfriend her.

Comment Discuss expectations & Compromise IN ADVANCE! (Score 1) 1146

Everyone says communication is key, but what I'm not hearing is communication about expectations. You really need to know what your SO's and your own expectations are and make any compromises in advance that you can. Know that your expectations & compromises WILL change.

1. Who is expected to do chores? Which chores? Cooking, cleaning, mowing, shopping, oil changes, etc. Is one of you expecting to be able to give "HoneyDo" lists to the other? Who cleans the bathroom & to whose standards?

2. Finances. Who budgets? who pays bills? What money is common and what money is not? Does one, or both of you get an allowance of personal money? Who decides how to spend discretionary money? Do you budget vacations in advance? if ONE of you controls the budget, be careful not to allow this to become a dominance thing.

3. Asthestics. Who picks cars, couches, pictures, carpet, etc? Whose decor is it and why?

4. Physical. Do you expect your partner to stay the same shape/fitness? What happens if time/work/children make this not allowable?

5. Children. Yes, No, NEVER, Maybe. When? Who decides? Oopsy, I know we decided "Yes in 2 years but ..". Upbringing. Good cop/bad cop? So very unfair to the "bad cop".

6. Private time? Friend Time? Date time? Private/personal space?

Expectations and the managing thereof are some of the most crucial ingredients in making a marriage viable. And I guarantee you both have some expectations that you don't even realize you have so you to start discussing the ones you know about, especially the ones you think are a "given".

Comment Re:My Advice (Score 1) 1146

Aha, Finally! I was worried that I'd get down to the end of the comments and have to write this one myself.

RobinH is right. Communicate. Learn to let things go. BOTH of you must realize that you cannot change the other person (much) and efforts in that direction will irritate and frustrate your SO.

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