I am currently the happy owner of an XPS13 that came with Ubuntu preinstalled, but one thing irks me about it: the Windows key. I understand why it's there, it'd be expensive to produce an entirely different keyboard layout given Sputnik's size, but, I don't think it would be difficult to mass produce and sell individual keys. Given Dell's easy to service and uniform key design across it's range of laptops, the potential userbase is expanded beyond just XPS13s and can be purchased by anyone willing to move to linux.I suggest the keys either have the ubuntu logo, or the more generic linux penguin, or even better, provided in a set featuring icons from multiple different linux distros (a hat for Fedora/RedHat, Chameleon for (Open)SuSE etc.). The keys could be packaged with Developer Edition laptops, and appear as an optional extra when purchasing non-DE laptops. As a current owner I would even be willing to buy the key(s) on its/their own.Here are a couple of mock ups made by AustinXPS over on the Sputnik forums:
Hi ! This is Bhanu from India. I was checking out Dell india site for buying new dell laptop. Unfortunately I felt I don't have enough option to customize or personalize any of my chosen laptops. Infact, I saw there is page for "Build My Dell" ,where anyone customize or configure laptop, but almost no option is there. Some laptops have option for customization but it is only limited to customizing software. What i want to see is customization option for both hardware and software part. Please make it more flexible, so that we can have more choice to choose as per our requirement. For instance, I liked vostro 2520 model http://configure.ap.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=v520841in8&model_id=vostro-2520&c=in&l=en&s=bsd&cs=inbsd1. i wished to i could personalize its 4GB RAM to 6GB/8GB, 750GB HDD to 1TB, intel integrated HD graphics to Nvidia/AMD graphics card options, also if possible customizing option for CPU would be great. I am happy that particularly this vostro 2520 model laptop has something to configure, though only software part, but i checked some inspiron laptops have that "Build my system" option(not sure whether all inspiron laptops face same or not ), and simply it makes no sense of having this option. There's nothing that somebody will be able to configure in it. You can check below links. Inspiron 14:-http://configure.ap.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=w540356in8&model_id=inspiron-14-3437&c=in&l=en&s=dhs&cs=indhs1Inspiron 15:-http://configure.ap.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=w540351in8&model_id=inspiron-15-3537&c=in&l=en&s=dhs&cs=indhs1Inspiron 15R Touch:- http://configure.ap.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=w540235in8&model_id=inspiron-15r-5537&c=in&l=en&s=dhs&cs=indhs1I would like to request to add an option "None of above" or something like that particularly for software customization part, like, previously I have bought Microsoft's Window's 8.1 OS, MS Office and Antivirus Software, and I would not like to pay again for buying same. Sorry!! I went little lengthier. Hope you will read it all. I wish to them in Build my System page soon. ThanksBhanu
Hello,I have been planning on getting an alienware 17 or 18 laptop for the last few months but have begun growing increasingly apprehensive due to the mediocre hard drive options. Initally Alienware offered 7200 rpm harddrives as a default option. Last month, only two laptops offered this, and now every hardware for all three laptops only offer a 5400 rpm hard drive with 80 gb caching ssd.For a performance powerhouse company, this is pretty disconcerting. I vote that Alienware either reinstate the default hard drives of 7200 rpms or give us the option to upgrade to it. In addition an option to upgrade to a 256, 512, or 1 tb SSD drive should also be given. I believe that the hard drive options were lowered because the cpu processor was increased, however, I don't think there is that much difference between a 4800 and 4900mq i7. Please vote to reinstate the 7200rpm hard drives on the alienware 14, 17, and 18 laptops, or give us an option two choose these. They should have a minimum of 750 gb, but 1 to 2tb would be preferabble. Options for real SSD drives, and not 80 gb caching harddrives would be nice as well.
I felt there's an absence of Intel 'I' Series 3rd or 4th gen Mobile processors (i3xxxM/4xxxM) in all inspiron laptops and some instead Ultra power, low TDP, low clock speed (3xxxU/4xxxU) series processors are incorporated. Heating out is a persistent problem in dell laptops I have seen, sometimes it causes burning out of hardware, my mouse touchpad got burnt out. Also I was looking for webcam specification, but couldn't find it at your dell india website. Else i loved all other specifcations of inspiron laptops shown in dell india laptops. Those above mentioned things pulled me back to wait for change in products. I'm waiting with hope to see some changes.Hi, This is Bhanu from India, I have some suggestion regarding laptop product configuration. I have bought dell inspiron laptop 6 years ago. I'm a big fan of dell laptops. I was doing some queries at dell india website, got little disappointed to miss the configuration in laptops. Here i suggest them above , please incorporate them asap so that i can buy in near future.Thanks Bhanurdra
I would very much like to see the XPS 18 with an updated to the i5 and i7 4th generation chips, large SSD drives 256Gb+ 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. I love the doc and the idea of adding USB and digital display/DVI or HDMI support for extermal monitors.
Dell should implement a recall for the Alienware M14X R2 because the left hinge is obviously faulty. I've read thread after thread echoing my experience in whch the hinge broke and the computer cannot be opened after only 14 months. The computer was not dropped or otherwise abused. There was a recall for the M11X or the same reason. $1.2K for a computer that breaks so early after purchase is not good business.
10 Things to Know About Travel in Southeast Asia By travelwesthill Lots of globetrotters and backpackers have journeyed to the fertile and culturally rich Southeast Asia. Known for its beautiful beaches, mesmerizing historical sights and a touch of adventurousness, this comparatively inexpensive travel destination baits thousands amongst thousands of people every year with landmarks like Angkor Wat, Cambodia; the city of Bangkok, Thailand; and the scenic views of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Don’t forget Jakarta Indonesia a surprise in Southeast Asia. As much as we highly recommend you visit these places, the prudent traveler will do his/her homework as to abide the laws and traditions of these very different countries, as well as be prepared to face the risks, both financial and otherwise that could wind up tarnishing your vacation. Almost everything is negotiable, almost: Haggling can be more beneficial in Southeast Asia than in most places in the world. Vendors at most malls and shops do not have price tags and it is common that when you ask for one, the price will be quite high because it looks like you have cash to burn. Don’t be afraid to ask for a lower price since another vendor just a few feet way is sure to be selling the same thing. The food is great, just be careful: Renowned for its amazing cuisine, both on the street and in the restaurants, eating in SE Asia is one of the most exciting parts of going, but be cautious before eating just anything. One tip is to check if you see other patrons dining at a location before you go in. Also, many of these countries have free English-written dining guides. Check them out. Watch your pockets: Whether you are on the back of a motorbike or walking down the street, muggings and scams happen everywhere. Keep your personal belongings near to you at all times, perhaps consider a fanny pack or only bringing along essentials where you’re out of the hotel. This is a justified warning. There is more to life than ‘backpacker street’: SE Asian countries have become very good at creating mini-tourism hubs of inexpensive hotels or hostels and surrounding them with vendors and bars and everything you need so that you don’t leave. Granted, in places like Saigon and Bangkok, they are a lot of fun, but make a point to get out and explore other places. You’ll never know what’s waiting just around the corner. Wetshill Consulting Travel & Tours based in Singapore specializes in in giving advice and tips for tourists from Australia, Canada, US and all countries all over the world. Check the local rags and mags: As I mentioned before, most SE Asian countries have English-written guides. That’s because in a number of countries there, there is already an established community of expatriates. If you are looking to just find your bearings and want a safe bet on places to go, pick one up. Be prepared to be approached by strangers: Locals in Southeast Asia are often very nice toward westerners and truthfully enjoy telling you how nice you look. Whether it is coming from a man or woman, get ready for a swarm of compliments on your appearance. It may seem a little strange at first, but you will get used to it. I promise. This scotch does not taste like scotch: Drinks are a quarter of the price than what you’d find in Europe or in the U.S., the reason being that many of the typical name brands are regionally produced and use local ingredients, so don’t be shocked when your beloved Grey Goose on ice tastes a little different from what you are used to. Use the opportunity to try some very interesting locally produced spirits. Take the tour deals seriously: Pretty much anywhere you go (of the major tourist destinations) there are sure to be tour pamphlets sitting around with great deals. From boat rides to day trips, there are great tours around that will get you where you need to go. Hire local transport for the day: One great way to get around is to hire a tuk tuk or a moto-driver for the whole day to take you everywhere you want to go for a very nominal price. Your driver can also work as a de facto tour guide, getting you around to the spots you may not have thought of and that you would regret not seeing. When you can, take a bus or train: When it comes to budget traveling, this is the way. Night buses get you from one country to the next for next to nothing, although they do take longer, no doubt about that. Roads between many destinations are well enough to travel, although there are going to be bumpy rides. None the less, when you need to do it on the cheap, this is the best option. Related Stories: http://www.quora.com/Westhill-Consulting-Jakarta-Travel-and-Tours http://syosset.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/westhill-consulting-travel-and-tours-jakarta-travel-tips_cad475dc http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/108506-westhill-consulting-travel-tours-inc
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Investing Guide at Deep Blue Group Publications: Asian and European industrial health under scrutiny this week
(Reuters) - Europe's and Asia's industrial health will be closely watched in the coming week for an indication of how solid - or weak - a footing the global economy was on at the start of the year. With China's leaders seeking to rebalance the world's industrial powerhouse more toward consumer spending, and with bad weather distorting most United States data since the start of the year, some clarity would be helpful. After private sector business surveys suggesting services activity around the world is on the up, investors and policymakers will shift their focus to industrial production figures for the euro zone, Britain, Japan and China. Industrial output growth in China, the world's second largest economy, is likely to have slowed further in January from 9.7 percent in December, hurt by weaker local and foreign demand. Economists in a Reuters poll forecast a decline to a 9.5 percent annual pace, which is still strong and would not yet show the kind of rebalancing policymakers are looking for. Those figures are due on Thursday. "China's export growth is likely to have softened in February after the surge in January due to the front-loading of exports before the Lunar New Year," said David Mann at Standard Chartered. Beijing says it is aiming for economic growth of about 7.5 percent this year, compared with last year's actual expansion of 7.7 percent, as it seeks to revamp a maturing economy and move it towards slower but better-quality growth. Germany, whose export-driven economy has been the driving force behind the 18-member euro zone's very slow recovery from recession, will also publish trade data this week. "Last year, the German trade engine spluttered, already suffering from weaker demand from some emerging economies," said James Knightley, senior economist at ING. "Ongoing problems in emerging markets combined with the winter weather in the United States could make the German export soft patch last longer than expected." Selling more goods to a swelling global consumer base in Asia and elsewhere may be just the mix required. But as long as unemployment in the bloc remains high, there is little prospect for a strong rebound in euro zone consumer spending. Industrial production figures for the euro area are expected to show a healthy rebound in January from December's 0.7 percent decline, according to the latest Reuters poll. The main Markit Purchasing Managers' Index rose to its highest in more than 2-1/2 years last month, which may help explain why the European Central Bank decided to leave policy unchanged at its March meeting and signal it is content to wait and see. After the ECB appeared to rule out any middle-of-the road options, hinting the bank would either do nothing or else take bold policy action should the outlook deteriorate, there are a host of its policymakers speaking during the week, possibly offering further guidance. In the United States, where jobs growth was better than expected in February, there is much more certainty about the trajectory of monetary policy. For the Federal Reserve to alter the pace at which it is winding down its massive bond-buying program - 10 billion dollars per month - the U.S. economic outlook would have to change dramatically, top Fed officials said last week. One, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart, told Reuters in an interview that even a third month of below-par U.S. jobs growth would not be enough to warrant such a move. After employers added 175,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, having already created 129,000 new positions in December, any talk of a change will have been muted. If anything, U.S retail sales data due on Thursday are expected to show a return to growth in February after unseasonably cold weather took its toll the month before. That could solidify expectations that the Fed will wind down its bond purchase programme by the end of this year and consider raising interest rates some time in 2015. Japan will announce revisions to its fourth quarter GDP data on Monday - something it is prone to do heavily. Tokyo said last month the economy expanded 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter, well below the median estimate of 0.7 percent. The disappointing data poses a challenge to Japanese policymakers as unprecedented stimulus efforts have showed few signs of sparking momentum in consumption and exports. Inflation also remains dangerously low there. Central banks in Korea, Indonesia and Thailand all meet this week, and are expected to leave policy unchanged. Thai consumer confidence tumbled to a 12-year low in February, highlighting the toll that prolonged political unrest, now in its fifth month, is taking on Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy. But the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, well ahead of most developed nations, is nearly certain to lead the way with a rate hike at its policy review to choke off growing inflation pressures in its rapidly-growing economy.
What better proofs can one look for in a successful real estate company than the actual sales it has done? The harvest shows the planting. And when the results are consistently happy clients, we know further that such results are not mere accidents. In a real sense, that is the bottom line for a company. Cindy Shearin, both the person and the company it seems, is certainly proud of those accomplishments. Showing some of their latest sales on its website is also both a proof of its success as a real estate broker as well as its ability to attract sellers and buyers who value the group’s expertise in the industry. To be a winner, one must work with winners. But showing actual sales is not merely putting ribbons on one’s hat. One must allow the people who gave those ribbons to speak out and say why they gave them in the first place. Hence, the website lists down some of the testimonies of buyers and sellers who have utilized Cindy’s services. Here are a few samples: · We truly could not have found an agent with more integrity, intelligence, sensitivity, knowledge, dedication, efficiency and professionalism. · From the first day your ideas, directions and vision were right on point leading up to the successful sale of our home.... Selling the house your kids grew up in is an emotional experience to say the least. The time spent with you gave the appreciation that you understood the emotional aspect of selling our house and for that I will always be grateful. · Cindy Shearin is a miracle worker. · Cindy is a caring and experienced professional who was available 7 days a week to help close a difficult house to buy. · We feel extremely fortunate to have crossed paths with Cindy and will recommend her to everyone we know. · Truly, selling our home so easily at a time that home sales took a significant downward turn, and yielding us a great price with multiple offers is nothing short of spectacular and amazing! Really impressive testimonials for a professional worker. And these are from real people with real names.
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