Flat And Happy

Once pricey luxuries, 15-in. flat-panel monitors now start at $499--and they all look great!

Few tasks strike as much fear in my heart as installing new hardware on my computer. So I procrastinate. I get a sudden urge to tidy up my office. I wonder if maybe I'm coming down with the flu and should leave work early. All this because when I plug in a new peripheral, something all too often goes horribly wrong. My computer sputters, chokes and begins firing off error messages. Then it becomes eerily silent, unresponsive to anything but the emergency-restart button. After what feels like days on the phone with tech support, I swear never to mess with my...

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