I've just found out that Dell in it's wisdom have discontinued the 18 inch models in their laptop range.I think this is a VERY short sighted decision.Alienware are marketed as and I quote "The most powerful laptop in the universe" end quote.Dell have released a second rate device called an "AMP" which is "supposed" to increase the 17,15 nd 13 inch's video power, long story short - It doesn't.So this being the case, why would Dell remove what is known worldwide to be one of the best and most powerful laptops available from a range dedicated to gaming that is not only marketed as "All powerful" but also the best in the world.Not a happy camper.IMO - A very bad decision.Bring back the king of laptops........
Migrating data centers to SSDs creates a great impact not only to the performance, eve to the environment. There are major factors under which it can be analyzed:1. Performance.It's aknown fact that SSDs can perform more efficiently compared to their conventional counterparts.2. Efficiency.SSDs are silent, consume very less power and generate very less amount of heat. Data centers will be faster compared to that traditional model.3. Impact.As efficiency is explained, the impact is very high. Power consumption of data centers get reduced, investment on cooling solutions can be reduced and data centers will not disturb the natural environment making it greener.
We already have a few Equallogic hybrid arrays which have provided a decent bump in performance versus their non-SSD counterparts, but are looking to start transitioning to all SSD storage arrays for the increased performance to support our increasingly virtualized environment (will be approaching 98% virtualized by EOY) while also reducing our power draw and cooling requirements. Additionally looking down the road 5+ years we feel that all flash arrays will become the norm as costs continue to come down, and technologies like dedupe and compression become common place in tier 1 storage.As we make the move to AFA storage, we plan to make use of SSDs in our ESXi hosts for server side caching via vFRC or PernixData's FVP to offload demand from our SAN and provide a better experience to our customers.
I am a HUGE fan and believer in the SSD - it is the truest and most "real" upgrade you can make to your computer to see and feel a real difference since the days of low-memory systems, where upgrading RAM would allow more to run at once, giving the feel of a faster computer. That said, I have yet to work on an enterprise project where I could justify the price of SSD's for the storage medium. Granted, I have not worked on mission-critical, cutting-edge projects either, but while I feel that it would make a significant and meaningful upgrade to any organization, the simply fact of the matter is that the current cost is prohibitive to MOST organizations. The technology has still priced itself out of the range of every day businesses. Take the following, for example: Retail/Consumer SSD: Samsung 840 EVO SATA/500GB - $274 Dell-branded/cobranded enterprise SSD: Dell SSD Value(?) SATA/400GB - $1,268 Slap a SAS interface on it: Dell SSD Value(?) SAS/400GB - $2,611 What is this? Presumably the same thing orderable in the system above?: Dell aftermarket SSD SAS/400GB - $3,500 http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04&sku=342-5638&mfgpid=204325&chassisid=8846 At FIVE TIMES the price of a consumer SSD, that is hard to justify, and hard to show any ROI, except in cases where extreme performance is required and the budget reflects that need (and budget makers/approvers understand such a need). It's no wonder that people are buying their own SSD's to populate in their servers. Dell has LONG over-inflated prices on add-on products ... just for illustration: New 900GB/10K SAS, Part Number: PCDHP From Dell - $650: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04&sku=342-2978&mfgpid=204325&chassisid=8846 From Yobitech - $335: http://www.yobitech.com/Part_PCDHP_Original_Dell_900GB_10000_p/pcdhp.htm New 1TB NLSAS, Part Number: MTKFK From Dell - $560 http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04&sku=342-3520&mfgpid=204325&chassisid=8846 From ServerSupply - $255 http://www.serversupply.com/HARD%20DRIVES%20W-TRAY/SATA-II/1TB-7200RPM/DELL/MTKFK.htm If Dell and Samsung are serious about "owning" the industry when it comes to SSD in the datacenter, they HAVE to do better on price.
So Sony has this technology called Floating Touch which enables touchscreen mobile devices to use hover commands like a PC would. Where you hover over a link and you get more details on the link. So I had the idea of using this technology to enlarge buttons and links on the mobile browser. Like if you wanted to full screen a video on youtube the button can be rather small to try and touch but if by hovering over it this enlarged the button for you it would be much easier! Same with links and any other thing that would make navigation easier! I know this sounds like an idea for Apple or something lol but hey I can see this (if cost effective) being widely adopted.More info on Floating Touch here - http://developer.sonymobile.com/knowledge-base/technologies/floating-touch/I bet there are a number of ways you could use this for better touchscreen navigation and control like scrolling without touching the screen and worrying about clicking on something.
It would be great to see more offerings from Dell with Ubuntu Linux, Fedora or ChromeOS as a operating systems, e.g. entry level laptops, desktops computers or thin clients. Linux is a very versatile operating system and in many ways more advanced than others such as Windows or MacOS. There's generally very broad driver support and Desktop-focussed operating systems such as Ubuntu Linux, Fedora or ChromeOS have matured a lot over time with a strong oren source community so that they are robust and very easy to use.
Had a technician out to replace the LCD on my Alienware M14x-R2 and he said that the optical drive clip was broken, which requires the motherboard be replaced. 2 problems1) The motherboard should not have to be replaced just to replace that stupid little plastic clip that is really removable.2) Can't Dell come up with a better way than that stupid flimsy clip to hold a ribbon cable in? Dell used to do it better.
Greetings, I was recently browsing the site and applying the highest options available just to see what the maximum cost would be on your Area-51. While quickly realizing that I'll need to sell a sliver of my liver to ever achieve the funds required, I came up with a novel idea that I believe some of your more well-off-than-I customers might enjoy. What about providing an option for a vantablack case on the Area-51 and this new line of laptops? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vantablack If my understanding is correct, this would provide an extremely interesting visual effect where anything not covered in vantablack would appear to be floating in absolute nothingness, and really just screw with your perception in general. It's a new technology that hasn't yet been applied to any wide spread commercial use, to my knowledge, and I'm sure that it would provide a truly unique effect. Who the heck even knows how it would look with the lighting effects applied! You could call it the the:1:) Area-51 Vantablack2:) Area-51 Void3:) Area-51 TrES-2b ( TrES-2b )4:) Area-51 Tenebrae (Cough..) ...or some other name better suited for such a uniquely dark optional feature. That said, I have absolutely no idea how much such a thing would cost to manufacture...and there is the potential issue of heating, seeing as how the trapped light will become thermal energy. If it can be done, however, at a relatively decent cost and without compromising performance through heating issues...this would be one heck of a unique option that I can see a lot of people taking for very obvious reasons! Keep in mind that the majority of the human population has NEVER seen vantablack; it's something that our brains have a great deal of difficulty making sense of. This is definitely going to produce a very unique look...and you guys could be the first individuals, that I'm aware of, to commercualize it for aesthetic applications. If it takes off, this could end up becoming the signature default case for Alienware computers; it'll be something that instantly catches someone's eyes because, well...it's quite literally something they're unlikely to have ever seen anywhere else. Just a thought, and hope you enjoy! - Tenebrae
Media Specialist recycles Dell laptop packing material to decorate media center. Later is will be used in the school garden.
Dell has a national program accepting computer equipment through Goodwill for recycling. Suppose Dell develops a national recycling program through select computer resellers that service and support new and used equipment where the donor of the recycled equipment would build credits towards the purchase of a replacement Dell product through the reseller? This is a classic win-win-win scenario. The donor does the right thing by recycling the equipment, the reseller will provide the equipment and Dell will move replacement product. Product pricing becomes secondary to the consumer because they are locked in with their recycling credits toward purchase. The reseller would also be a Microsoft certified refurbisher and also provide upgrade options for existing equipment. This program could be implemented on a beta test immediately in Wilmington, DE, with potential rollout to over 250 established computer stores within 6 months of succesful beta test.