The Dell XPS M1530 Experience

April 15, 2008 by · 30 Comments 

My first big purchase online was in 2000 when I purchased the Acer TravelMate 508T laptop for RM5000+. Having a laptop with a 12.1 TFT screen with a 500 MHz processor was kind of exciting back then.

For a while the laptop served me well but it wasn’t long before problems started to crop up. I had to repair the hinges twice; which cost me around RM300 each time. While the laptop is still working today, I’ve stopped using it a couple of years back when the hinges broke again for the third time.

It’s also obvious that at 500 MHz, the processor won’t be able keep up with the demand of today’s CPU hungry software.

Since then every time I travel, I would leave my work behind which was good because I could concentrate on having a break instead of thinking about work.

Windows Vista Could Destroy Your iPod

February 7, 2007 by · 3 Comments 

Apple is warning its iPod users not to upgrade their PCs to the new Microsoft operating system as it could be damaged by it.

A statement on Apple’s website says the songs purchased from iTunes Store may not play when upgrading to Windows Vista and ejecting an iPod from the Windows System Tray using the Safely Remove Hardware feature may corrupt your iPod.

Despite the release of a new software update for Vista users so that they can play iTunes Store songs Apple continues to recommend that users wait to upgrade Windows until after the next release of iTunes which will be available in the next few weeks.

Some may see this advisory from Apple as a little shady. After all, Apple should have been able to test Vista for weeks before it’s being released. Why wait until the last minute after Vista release to issue such advisory?

The $1 million mobile phone

May 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Anybody got spare cash for a one million dollar mobile phone? That’s how much a phone by Goldvish will cost you. It’s made of 18K gold and boasting no fewer than 210 carats of diamonds.

As you’d expect, the phone is equipped with a camera with 8x digital zoom, MP3 playback, FM radio, included 2GB memory card and an EDGE connection. Disappointingly, no WiFi, and no 3G option included.

It just goes to say that sometimes you don’t need a perfect product to make money, you just need one that (rich) people would like to have.

Read more: The million dollar cellphone

Hybrid Hard Drive will enable Instant Booting for Vista

May 10, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Samsung and Microsoft will announce a hybrid hard drive that will enable Vista based laptops and desktops PCs boot much faster.

The drive uses a combination of flash memory and standard hard drive technology designed to speed the boot-up process and prolong battery life. The functionality is explicitly supported in Windows Vista.

The drive will be unveiled at Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), which starts on May 24 in Seattle.

Read more: Instant Booting Comes Close to a Reality

Dual Monitors Increase Productivity by up to 30%

April 22, 2006 by · 2 Comments 


There’s an article published by The New York Times about the advantage of having a second monitor. According to a study, adding an extra monitor will give your output a considerable boost – 20 percent to 30 percent.

I couldn’t agree more although the exact percentage increase will depend on the individual.

I have two 17 inch LCDs placed side by side like that in the picture. The reason why I thought I needed this setup initially was, as a Visual Basic (VB) programmer, I needed a way to have my reference materials and the Visual Basic IDE (Integrated Development Environment) windows visible and maximised simultaneously.

A single monitor wouldn’t allow me to do that. I could switch between applications with a mouse click but that’s just not convenience and delayed my progress one click at a time. If I were running several applications simultaneously, that delay could add up. My dual monitor setup has made this problem a thing of the past for me.

Dual Processor vs Dual Core

March 28, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are a computer buff you might find the dual processor vs dual core article an interesting read.

Dual core processors setup has been gathering momentum with the introduction of such processors by Intel and AMD. But you may be wondering which setup is more beneficial, multiple processors or a dual processor and what are the differences between them.

This article will attempt to answer your question. From the article:

A major question for some people getting ready to buy a high-end system is whether they want or need to have two processors available to them. For anyone doing video editing, multi-threaded applications, or a lot of multitasking the answer is a very clear ‘yes’. Then the question becomes whether two separate processors (as in a dual Xeon or Opteron system) is the way to go, or whether a single dual-core CPU (like a Pentium D or Athlon64 X2) will do just as well. Dual CPU vs dual core — which is better?!

$10,000 Dell PC sold out

March 28, 2006 by · 2 Comments 

I wrote about the blazing fast XPS 600 limited edition Dell PC with a $10,000 price tag.


Apparently it has sold out recently even though the monster rig has lost a bit of its ultimate status due to now wide availably of NVIDIA’s quad-SLI technology and the 5.46 GHz over-clocked machine displayed at CeBIT.

From the article:

Whether Dell plans to make a second offering of XPS 600 limited edition PCs remains unknown. What impact Dell’s acquisition of Alienware will have upon Dell’s interest in ultra-premium PC gaming is also open to speculation, though if the XPS Renegade is a true success, at least in limited quantities, we may begin to see equivalent or better entries coming soon from many manufacturers.

Dell announced USD10,000 consumer PC – XPS 600 Renegade series

March 24, 2006 by · 6 Comments 

Dell has launched XPS 600 Renegade series, the most expensive consumer PC it has offered in several years. It includes all the bells and whistles that you could ever want in a blazingly fast PC.


The specs alone is enough to make any computer enthusiast drool.

Starting at $9930, the PC has a Pentium Extreme Edition processor that has been overclocked from 3.73 to 4.26 GHz, 2GB DDR2-667 memory, a 160 GB 10,000 RPM WD Raptor as well as a second WD 400 GB 7200 RPM hard drive. XPS 600 also comes with a FOUR GeForce 7900 GTX graphics processors with a total of 2 GB of GDDR3 memory. includes Dell’s 35-pound 30″ LCD, which offers a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixel and a contrast ratio of 700:1.

Samsung SCH-B600: Ten megapixel camera phone anyone?

March 10, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Samsung has released their SCH-B600 ten-megapixel camera phone at the German Cebit electronics convention. The company says the camera does three times optical zoom and is the first one of its kind to offer auto-focus and fill-light flash.


Samsung unveiled their new 10MP SCH-B600 cameraphone at the 2006 CeBIT convention in Hannover this week.

The SCH-B600 features a 10MP camera with 3x optical zoom, 5x digital zoom, flash, auto-focus, 1/2000 shutter speed, and self-timer. Other features include a 16M color 2.2″ QVGA TFT display, DMB satellite TV reception, music and image playback, voice recognition, Bluetooth, and microMMC memory card storage.

Samsung plans to release the SCH-B600 though SK Telecom during the 2nd quarter of 2006.

Via Samsung HQ

Microsoft’s ‘Origami’ finally unveiled

March 10, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The much hyped ultra portable PC from Microsoft was finally launched on Thursday. Origami is a paperback size portable computer, with is hybrid between a laptop PC and mobile devices.


From the article:

The new machines will connect wirelessly to the Internet and carry full-sized hard drives, but they are not intended to replace current PCs.

Microsoft’s track record in promoting an alternative PC has produced mixed results. The tablet PC has not yet gained broad appeal despite strong backing from founder Bill Gates.

The device seems overpriced at over US1000. Several people speculate that the device will find troubles finding its market. People will have higher expectation, they’ll demand more features and better battery life when paying such a high price item.

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