Actually, I disagree. For a mass market mag, like Maximum PC, you want to put everything in terms the readers are familiar with. While none of us can properly visualize how big 1nm is, at least they have a point of reference when we use nm. For the most part, I'd bet that most of our readers don't have a clue what an angstrom is. If we were writing something for publication in a scientific or engineering mag, I'd agree with you.
Yet, would it not be OK to "geek out" from time to time?
Really, most of your readers can't actually visualize what a micron is - just that it is small. I am not in disagreement - as I said I was nit picking. Yet, why not get a bit geeky every once in a while and educate while you inform. Such an education would have saved NASA a few hundred million a bit back
I've used a magnetic screwdriver for the last ten years building PCs, and have never had a problem with killing hard drives. Ditto the anti-static strap. If you ground yourself regularly (and before you handle anything sensitive) you don't need it.
First, I am not worried about HD and I actually asked in earnest. Do me a favor- rub that sucker in a circle a few times over an AMD proc's back plate and tell me if it still works. I really wanna know. I don't have the cash to try it myself.
Also, as far as ESD goes - you may be breaking ...errr....feldstrom....feldmans - I don't know, its a rule about using your expierence as fact (which I violate all the time). Hah - Schaum - That's it! (I think)
Example - you ever build a system in a high altitude arid environment? Well I have. If there is carpet on the floor, you will shock parts. Thats from my experience - now that I live in an environment with higher humidity, I almost never get static. But in Albuquerque, I always did. Very dry and very high. Perfect for building up charge quickly.
Again, its a nit pick. - But you said do it right.
And while you are thinking its no big deal - think about this - have you ever built a system in Albuquerque in a carpeted apartment? Away from that coastal humiity? Shuam's point was that we base things on our local experience and that walks us down a quick path of "wrong".
Anyways, The A+ expects you to know it - thats why I mention it
(and you do realize I was killing time right?). And Oh Yeah - I don't wear one very often unless I'm working on something that belongs to someone else right in front of them.
As always, you can pick and choose which parts you buy. You don't have to go out and purchase everything, the stuff we showed is just what we've found handy. For most people, a good trauma box contains a screwdriver, a few spare components, disks with the major OSes, Service Packs, and Bart's PE, some zip ties, spare cables (ethernet, IDE, SATA, power), and spare screwdrivers. Like many things we do, you should take what we do and use it for ideas, then make it your own!
I totally get that - this was more of a suggestion. You gave an xmas list article - it would be great to have some more applied stuff
If this is the worst that you can find, we must be doing some thing right
I am not done reading yet
(actually, I am now). But as I said I like the issue
Just pickin nits for fun. Sorry my post has so many misspellings (/pot calls kettle black).