* Posts by BJC

4 posts • joined 23 Feb 2010

Dell orbits Linux a third time with revamped Sputnik notebooks


I'm in

I got the 2nd iteration of the XPS13, preinstalled with Ubuntu and it's one of the best buys I've made. It's a fantastic size, the screen is great.

As for Ubuntu, well it just works - no drama, no excitement. It's an OS - that's what it's supposed to do! I was a little miffed about the pricing - virtually the same with Windows or Ubuntu, which seemed unjust given the MS tax. However, the Windows option was through the "Home" channel while the Ubuntu option was through the "Work" channel, with better support (although I haven't needed any). However, I'm happy to pay for the Ubuntu pre-install if it's tweaked to fit the machine which it seems to be. Personally, I've drifted to a preference for GNU/Linux for home use, over the last few years, although I'm still firmly with Windows at work.

Searching around, as I did prior to purchase, there weren't many options for buying a decent spec laptop with GNU/Linux pre-installed, so I welcome Dell's efforts. Perhaps other vendors might take note so we can have a genuine choice of OS.

Anyway, I'd buy another in a heartbeat. Each to their own though.


Yahoo! Mail! offers! HTTPS! amid! account! hijack! spree!


Not on BT Yahoo accounts

I've just checked my BT Yahoo account and I see no such option.


F1 2010

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And Revs...

I even remember Geoff Crammond's Revs for the BBC. I'm still amazed of the perception of the Snetterton Bomb Hole corner - it really felt like the steering went light on the exit. All that with only keyboard entry and low resolution display!

[I refuse to work out just how many years ago that was - just way too scary!]


Dell's order status website wobbles at knees


...or was it?

I was trying to determine the order status because I was trying to cancel the order.

During the order process, the estimated delivery was "3+ weeks". The order confirmation estimated delivery as 7th July - about 4.5 months! While technically correct, that's ridiculous! No point in hanging around, so I tried to cancel the order the next day.

Given recent experience, I have serious reservations about using Dell again. As was said before by someone with far more widom than I:

"The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." — Albert Einstein

Maybe it's time to recognise the obvious and give up on Dell.