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Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects.

The tool on the cover of PC Hacks is a screwdriver. A mainstay of the household toolbox, the screwdriver is a device composed of a handle and a metal head, used to thread screws into material. The screws act as fasteners and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A typical screw has a cylindrical or conical shaft ingrained with a helical groove and is topped with a head specially shaped to interlock with the head of the screwdriver.

While the ancient Greeks allegedly used wooden varieties of the screw as early as the first century B.C. as part of their wine presses, the screwdriver itself is a more modern invention. Witold Rybczynski’s venerable cultural history of the screwdriver, One Good Turn, dates the first evidence of the tool’s existence back approximately 500 years, when it was believed to have been used to thread metal screws into fifteenth-century armor.


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