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Dell Laptops Smelling Like Cat Urine?

Posted by J Powers at 8:22 AM on October 31, 2013

Dell-6430u

If you own a pet, you know what the urine smells like. Apparently, so do Dell Lattitude 6430u users. They started complaining the smell on the messageboards. Turned out, Dell confirmed the smell is real (but not really urine).

“The smell is not related to cat urine or any other type of biological contaminant, nor is it a health hazard,” the BBC reported that Dell support technician SteveB said online. Further, a Reddit post explains more

The palm rest is the origin of the smell. It was suggested the polymer in the plastic emitted a smell similar to cat urine.

Dell has implemented a replacement program for those 6430u users.

Others on Reddit joke about hanging their cat over their old laptop to get that “New laptop smell”.

 

Dell LogoMichael Dell took the stage of Oracle World to keynote the event. Of course, this is the first time he spoke since Dell announced they will be buying back all shares and privatizing the company.

On September 12 – after a lengthy battle with investors (including Carl Icahn), Michael Dell convinced the majority that Dell should become a privately held company once again. The $24.9 billion buyout will happen in Q3 of Dell’s Fiscal Year 2014. Stockholders will get $13.88 plus a .08 cent dividend until close.

Forward to Oracle OpenWorld – an event being held in San Francisco. Michael Dell gets on stage to give people an idea of where he plans to take the company, starting with a new extended partnership with Oracle around data management.

“Our success won’t be measured just by short-term results, but also our ability to help our customers succeed five, ten and twenty years from now,” Michael Dell stated in his keynote. ” We need to be looking not just at the quarter ahead, but the decade ahead. Investing to create value for customers as long-term relationships with a long-term vision.”

One thing to remember from Dell is he took his PC building company out of his dorm room and turned it into a major company in 1984. 30 years later, Dell is looking to re-create the same magic. Dell has been one of the top 5 in PC marketshare since 1997. Dell’s Enterprise services also make up the computer giant. With the renewed partnership with Oracle, they can go after HP and IBM Enterprise. “We’re unencumbered by old legacy” Dell stated.

New Dell Windows 8 Tablets Outed

Posted by Andrew at 8:53 AM on September 24, 2013

Dell LogoDell showed off a new 8″ Windows 8-based tablet at the recent IDF conference earlier in September, promising further announcements on the resurrected “Venue” line at a press event on 2 October in New York City. Geek News Central has obtained advance information that Dell will be presenting three tablets; the already seen 8″ plus two 10.8″ tablets.

The three devices and specs are:

1) 8″ 1280 x 800 screen, Intel Bay Trail CPU, 8 hours battery life, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB SSD. Office Home and Student 2013 will be bundled. This is the one that was seen at IDF in San Francisco.

Dell Venue 8"

 

2) 10.8″ 1920 x 1080 screen, ARM Qualcomm CPU, 10 hours battery life, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB SSD. Office Home and Student 2013 will be bundled.

Dell 10" Pro

 

3) 10.8″ 1920 x 1080 screen, Intel Bay Trail CPU, 10 hours battery life, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD, 4G / LTE built-in.

Dell 10" RT

 

The documentation seen by GNC suggests that the devices will be running Windows 8.1 out of the box but it’s not totally clear. There’s also no information on pricing or availability so we’ll just have to wait until next week for the press conference to learn more.

Laptop, Netbook, Smart Phone, Tablet – An Interactive Graphic

Posted by Alan at 5:30 PM on November 30, 2011

A new interactive infographic posted today gives a quick overview of the features of four different devices – a laptop, netbook, smartphone, and tablet.  If you are shopping for one of these devices this holiday season, and wondering which you should get, then the infographic linked below will give you a good starting point.  To get a general overview of what features are included with each type of device you can just hover your mouse over a device and the features it includes will be highlighted.  Hover over a feature and see which device it requires.

The infographic was posted by Chris Byrd, Corp Comm Social Media Team to the Dell blog.  Dell, of course, has a horse in this race – they make devices in all four categories.  However the graphic isn’t brand specific, but just gives an overview of features.  This by no means will tell you exactly what to buy, but it’s a cool, fun way to get you started in your shopping research.

Laptops, Netbooks, Phones & Tablets Interactive ComparisonLaptop, Netbook, Tablet, & Smartphone Comparison Interactive by Dell

Dell Tablet Roadmap Leaked, 10″ Streak Pro in June

Posted by Alan at 7:04 AM on April 23, 2011

There have been rumors circulating on the internet for a while now about a Dell Streak 10″ tablet that would be called the Dell Streak Pro.  Now the folks over at Android Central have come up with the proof.  They have published a leaked tablet roadmap from Dell that lists, not just the Streak Pro, but two other tablets.  The list features photos, release dates, and product specs.

The Streak Pro will pack an NVIDIA Tegra T25 processor and run Android Honeycomb.  The 1280 x 800 resolution is standard for a 10″ device.  There is no mention of memory or storage capacity.  There really aren’t any surprises here other than the release date of June, which is earlier than what had been rumored.

More of a surprise were the other two listings – Latitude ST tablet and the Latitude XT-3 convertible tablet.  The ST is another 10 inch tablet, but pack a much stronger hardware punch than the Streak Pro.  The ST will come with 1366 x 766 resolution, an Intel Oak Trail 1.5 GHz processor, 128 GB of storage, and 1080p output.  The XT will, supposedly, ship in October.  That’s far enough away for a lot to change.

The XT-3 is a 13″ convertible with Windows 7 and a list of impressive hardware that includes an Intel i3, i5, or i7 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 1080p output.  The target date is July of 2011.

There were no prices listed and the dates are probably tentative at best.  Of course, while all of this looks legitimate we can’t write any of it in stone since it’s a leak and there has been no confirmation from Dell.

Dell Inspiron Duo – The Best Of Both Worlds?

Posted by geeknews at 5:58 PM on November 18, 2010

News broke today of the new Dell Inspiron Duo – a combination netbook and tablet.  Does it look cool?  Yes.  Will it actually be cool?  We’ll see.

Here are the specs. A 10.1″ screen, Intel dual-core Atom N550 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 250GB hard drive.  Those are especially good for a netbook.  It will also run Windows 7 Home Premium – another step up from the normal netbook OS.  Like any Dell PC it can be customized with such things as a larger hard drive.

The next most important thing, after specs, is looks.  Here, of course, it’s all up to personal tastes.  If you wanted a closer look you can find a hands on with plenty of closeup pictures over on Engadget.  It’s available in three colors – blue, black, and red.  As you have probably guessed from the picture above, the screen rotates around to transform the netbook into a tablet – just flip the screen 180 degrees and close the lid.  The touch interface for the tablet was designed by Dell and looks clean and simple.

So, is this the best of the netbook and tablet worlds combined?  It has promise.  The hardware specs are good.  The box seems to have a nice look and the choice of colors, while not uncommon in the laptop world, is new to the tablet business.  Windows 7 may not be the best tablet interface, but it’s standard for netbooks and probably perfectly usable for the tablet.  It seems like a good alternative for those who want to use a tablet while traveling, but need a real keyboard to get some work done.  At $549 it’s a bit pricey, but not prohibitively so.  I’m intrigued, but not entirely sold yet.  I certainly plan to try one out though.

I Had a Dell Recall Battery? An Ubuntu 9.04 Feature Told Me So.

Posted by J Powers at 3:04 PM on May 7, 2009

This might be another good reason to install Ubuntu 9.04:

Information from Ubuntu that My Battery is under recall

Information from Ubuntu that My Battery is under recall

I looked at the battery, then called up the Dell recall list. Sure enough – that battery was listed. Interestingly enough, I’ve had this D600 for a while now and there has been no problems up until a week ago when the battery wouldn’t take a charge. Since I usually have this machine plugged in, I never thought twice about it.

The Ubuntu 9.04 was pretty easy to install on the Dell. I still need to fix the wireless, however all other items seem to function normally.

I will get the battery in the mail soon, along with that DVD+-RW Lightscribe and extra memory I just ordered for it. RAWK!

Dell’s Growing Strong – Hints of an Axim Phone?

Posted by susabelle at 12:55 PM on July 28, 2008

Michael Dell talked with GigaOM the other day about what’s happening with the company. In the interview, he talks about how Dell is growing, Cloud Computing, the Laptop Market and if they are getting into the Smart phone market.

Michael says they are seeing a strong turn since he took back the CEO spot a year and a half ago. Sales are up 9% and profit is up 4% and continuing (stock is up 23%). Dell made 7 acquisitions in 2007 which will add to the increase. Michael pointed out that the Laptop market demands thinner and faster while all markets are pushing security and services.

Dell also talks about “Cloud Computing”, which right now Dell is contributing with, but there is some indication that Dell will be working on hardware that will get them more involved in this concept.

This is what he told OM Malik the other day:

We have identified five big opportunities. When I say big, I’m talking about $5 billion to $10 billion each in terms of scale opportunities. They are the consumer business, mobile computers, emerging countries, enterprise, and small/medium business. We have reorganized the company around these key priorities.

Engadget reported that Michael Dell started hinting on a Dell Smart Phone. This is a rumor that has surfaced since Smart Phones started gaining steam. I looked through this article, and the one on Business Week, but only found that Dell is “certainly looking at the whole smartphone category, but I wouldn’t expect anything anytime soon”. He did mention that he could not disclose any plans on if they would work with Google Android or Symbian OS.

What’s Going On Over at Dell?

Posted by Matthew Greensmith at 9:19 AM on July 18, 2008

I sure wish I knew what was going on at Dell. I’ve been working at the same J.O.B. for about eight years, and we are a Dell campus. Everything we buy is Dell, except for the small amount of Gateways I convinced a few divisions to buy several years back (most notably the Gateway Convertible M275 Notebook). So I deal with Dell sales reps quite a bit. We normally have a sales rep assigned to us that we call on for quotes and questions.

In eight years, we’ve had no less than 15 Dell reps. Some last a month or two, a few have lasted a year. But it seems like every time I turn around, our current Dell rep has left for “other opportunities” and we have a new rep.

It hasn’t caused any real difficulties, except for maybe the fact that my Outlook contacts list is full of Dell reps and I don’t know which one is the current one. The new reps seem to get acclimated well to our system of purchasing and quoting and it is a seamless transition.

What concerns me is this relatively high turnover. I’ve worked in places that had high turnover, and there was usually a management or corporate reason for it, and it was never a positive thing. I have to wonder what is going on over there at Dell, when a sales rep only lasts a few months and then leaves Dell altogether. Makes me wonder if we shouldn’t have a backup contract in the works with another hardware provider.

When is Dell Going to Learn?

Posted by geeknews at 7:13 PM on July 30, 2006

Just when is Dell going to learn? I actually thought that they were beginning to catch on when they created the dellone2one.com blog, but from the sound of this letter it doesn’t seem like it.

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