December 2011

The $10,000 Dell XPS 600 Renegade

"As a gaming system, this desktop had impressive graphics installed."

Dell has not produced the most expensive computers of all time. However, it did manufacture a computer that was considered the most expensive within this brand. The most expensive computer ever made costs one million dollars, but Dell’s limited edition “Renegade” had a price tag of $10,000.
 
The Dell XPS 600 Renegade was produced in 2006 and cost precisely $9,930. It was the ultimate gaming machine and surprisingly it sold out in just three short days. The specifications of the machine is a tech person’s or gamer’s dream. Dell had stated before it was released that it would include “cutting edge technology”. Here are the specifications of this computer, 

Dell Ad Commercials: Dell Dude & The Interns

"Dude, you're getting a Dell!"

Dell has really had some clever marketing and advertising campaigns, two of the most notable are the Dell dude and the interns. The Dell dude ads featured the actor Ben Curtis who had the phrase, "Dude, you're getting a Dell." During this time the sale of Dell computers rose significantly. The Dell dude ads ran from 2000 for three years.

The ads featured ben playing the role of "Slacker Steven." all of the ads involved Steven turning up where he does not belong and then stating the best reasons for someone to purchase a Dell computer.  Afterwards, people in the ads are convinced that Dell computers are the best. Steven would then say at the end, "Dude, you're getting a Dell."

New Opportunity for SSD Hard drives

As a result of the October 2011 floods in Thailand, solid state drives (SSDs) have become more competitive. The floods caused a considerable rise in the cost of hard disks which is approaching the price point of SSDs. In an attempt to leverage the hard drive shortage, Intel is hoping the sales of SSDs will offset the unexpectedly low fourth quarter processor sales.

Effect of the Flooding

The Thai flooding has certainly contributed to a reduction in new computers being build and could potentially drop as much as $1 billion off its next financial results. However, where there is decline, there is opportunity.

Intel Products

Although best known for its repertoire of processors for embedded devices, low-power netbooks, notebooks, performance desktops and ultraportables, Intel also has a solid-state drive department. Overall their solid-state devices have received positive reviews. Unfortunately, due to previously high prices, HDDs continue to dominate the market.

Opportunity Knocks

However, with a shortage of HDDs, this could quickly turnaround. The CEO of Intel recently reported an increase in the demand for SSDs and fully expects the market to turn toward these devices.

SSD Features

SSD drives are extremely thin, light-weight and power efficient which are the perfect mix for notebook computers. Intel’s current target market is the ultraportable notebook segment which demands these features.

The History of Dell

"The company was originally started by Michael Dell in 1984."

The history of Dell is quite detailed. The company was originally started by Michael Dell in 1984. Michael Dell was studying at University of Texas when he started buying computer parts and putting together computers. He got the idea to then start his own company.

He went on to quit university and establish the company called PC Limited. He had only $1000 for start up capital at the time. Dell had the idea to sell personal computers that were custom built for the person buying it. He was also able to release the first computer in the Dell line called the Turbo PC. It could be purchased at a price over $750 and it has a basic 8088 processor compared to what is used today. Turbo PC was created in 1985.

Teen Mobile Data Consumption Triples In A Single Year

Damn kids are raising the price of our smartphone data plans!

Here’s something that you may not have considered. How much are our teenagers jacking up prices for the rest of us? Like senior citizens, who access 80% of their life’s healthcare services in the last several years of life, ramp up healthcare prices for everyone with their increased demand, teenagers are doing that for mobile data. That’s correct, teenagers use mobile data on phones and tablets nearly three times as much as they did a year ago. Compared to the rest of us, it’s off the charts.

I don’t want to completely approach this from the vantage point of cost of services, or from the vantage point of “those damn kids”; but those damn kids are driving up the cost of my mobile data plan!

Nielsen is reporting that teens have tripled their mobile data consumption in the last year, as well as maintaining their position as the top mobile messager. This, even as most mobile providers have started charging aggregated plans for mobile data. “In the third quarter of 2011,” the report states, “teens age 13-17 used an average of 320 MB of data per month on their phones, increasing 256 percent over last year and growing at a rate faster than any other age group”. Jay Donovan of Tech Crunch adds that even with the immense increase in mobile data consumption, messaging continues to be teens top mobile activity, sending on average 3,417 texts a year per teen. He reiterates, “seven messages per waking hour, according to the study. Um, WOW!”

Create Photo Panoramas For Free With Hugin

It's free, open source, and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux
When I was a kid, and photography involved actual film, I loved creating panoramas. I would take a picture - turn slightly - take a picture - turn slightly, until I had caught the entire scene. Then when the photos came back from the photo lab, I would carefully tape them together with Scotch tape on the back.
 
How times have changed!
 
There are a lot of software solutions for creating panoramas out of digital photographs, a process often called "photo stitching." My favorite of these is Hugin, and not least because it is both free and open source, as well as being available for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

Hardware Review of the Dell Studio Hybrid

"It is very energy efficient and was named the Hybrid because it is a desktop using laptop processors."
The Dell Studio is the name given to the collection of computers such as laptops and desktops. The Dell Studio Hybrid is located within the desktop range and consists of a slimline desktop that equivalent of a miniature desktop computer or the Mac Mini. It is very energy efficient and was named the Hybrid because it is a desktop using laptop processors. The Hybrid was released in 1998.
 
CPU: When you open up this miniature desktop you will find a CPU that is dual-core. It was originally shipped with a Dual-Core T4300 CPU, but some models will also have the T9300.