Tag Archive: dell

Jan 02 2012

Spontaneous Security

Over the holiday weekend, I experienced the ultimate computer security mechanism: “Spontaneous Security” I was using my new Dell Latitude E6420 to do some network reconfiguration when the machine started acting weird with regard to the network. Since this machine runs Windows 7, I decided to just reboot it to clear the network configuration. After …

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Jan 06 2011

Dell PowerEdge T310

(Read this entire post, as there is a very weird problem described later) It’s been quite a while since I upgraded the hardware that runs this (and others) web site. The warranty on the systems either will be expiring soon or has already expired. So I bit the bullet and ordered a new Dell PowerEdge …

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Apr 22 2010

SSD and D630

A few weeks ago I saw a a good deal on a 80gb Solid State Disk (SSD) from Dane Elec at NewEgg (officially “DANE-ELEC DA-SDM25-80G-N-T-MK 1.8″ with 2.5″ adapter SSD Migration Kit”). The unit is actually an Intel X18-M SSD in a 1.8″ to 2.5″ SATA adapter. It only cost $149, so I got one. …

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Aug 25 2009

Dell Chat Support Flub

In general, I’ve been quite pleased with the technical support I get from Dell’s Small & Medium sized Business division. They usually adapt quickly to my level of technical expertise and take my word for it when I report a problem.   Once the failing component has been identified, they quickly setup the appropriate dispatch …

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Jul 31 2009

Returning the Latitude E6400

This will probably be the last post I write with the Dell Latitude E6400 I purchased recently. Next week I’m going to call Dell and arrange to return the laptop for a refund. This is the first Dell computer that I’m really dissatisfied with and, frankly, I’m surprised that Dell dropped the ball so badly. …

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Jul 25 2009

Wake On LAN

There is apparently going to be a bit more getting used to this new laptop. The other day, before I went to bed, I put my new Dell Latitude E6400 into standby mode … I’m 99% sure I did this. The next morning, however, when I went down stairs I found my laptop powered on. …

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Jul 23 2009

Dell Latitude E6400 Sales & Support

Note: Although my sales & support experience with the machine were generally positive, my experiences with the machine itself were not.  I have since sent it back to Dell. I just had some really good customer support experiences with Dell.  I know, some of you are going to think this is impossible, but it really …

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Sep 18 2008

Bad Video Card

My poor little Laptop … something’s gone wrong with it’s video card. A few days ago I was watching a video on the laptop and something went horribly wrong … the video got completely corrupted.   Even rebooting the system didn’t help.   My initial thought was that my external monitor had gone casters up, …

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Jan 26 2008

My Geeky Good Deed

The Grey Ghost was slightly overdue for it’s 40K mile scheduled maintenance. So I took advantage of the downtime at work (yes, it’s Saturday … but I’m on a high profile, under-resourced, project with a tight deadline.   I’ll be in tomorrow) to take my car in to the Food dealership and get the work …

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