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Build It. Fix It. Own It.: A Beginner’s Guide to Building and Upgrading a PC by Paul McFedries

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Chapter . Introduction

 

Man is a shrewd inventor, and is ever taking the hint of a new machine from his own structure, adapting some secret of his own anatomy in iron, wood, and leather, to some required function in the work of the world.

 
 --Ralph Waldo Emerson, English Traits
 

As technology advances, it reverses the characteristics of every situation again and again. The age of automation is going to be the age of “do it yourself.”

 
 --Marshall McLuhan
 

Home-made, home-made! But aren’t we all?

 
 --Elizabeth Bishop, Crusoe in England

IN THIS INTRODUCTION

The 1950s were a hobbyist’s paradise with magazines such as Mechanix Illustrated and Popular Mechanics showing the do-it-yourselfer ...

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