Archive for July, 2006

Dell != Cool ? Think again :)

Dell is off these days… Resurgent HP (basically HP – Carly :)) and Chinese future-is-me Lenovo are giving Dell a hard time in Sales. PC prices are at all time lows. Apple’s Intel based Macs could be huge threat.

Internally Dell Tech Support is not what it was. Recently there was big dicussion on how to take support back to its “pristine” condition (quoting Mr Dell himself) inside Dell. The agreed solution wasn’t creative or anything. Its the same old idea of throw more mony and people at the problem. Support continues to be Dell’s biggest problem – How to provide quality support for a computer that costs $299.

Dell coughed up big bucks for Alienware for many reasons . One of them was to shake of its dowdy business image. Dell initally tried to tried to be “different” organically with XPS. XPS chasis is really a colored version Dell’s Precision Workstation and was nothing to write home about. Everyone inside and outside were in agreement – Dell was the in danger of becoming Philips of the computer Industry. Its around this time Dell really gave some thought about thier designs. The changes have been evident.

There was portable desktop concept

Portable Desktop

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and now this


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Programming Is Like Sex


  • One mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life. (Michael Sinz)
  • Once you get started, you’ll only stop because you’re exhausted.
  • It takes another experienced person to really appreciate what you’re doing.
  • Conversely, there’s some odd people who pride themselves on their lack of experience.
  • You can do it for money or for fun.
  • If you spend more time doing it than watching TV, people think you’re some kind of freak.
  • It’s not really an appropriate topic for dinner conversation.
  • There’s not enough taught about it in public school.
  • It doesn’t make any sense at all if you try to explain it in strictly clinical terms.
  • Some people are just naturally good.
  • But some people will never realize how bad they are, and you’re wasting your time trying to tell them.
  • There are a few weirdos with bizarre practices nobody really is comfortable with.
  • One little thing going wrong can ruin everything.
  • It’s a great way to spend a lunch break.
  • Everyone acts like they’re the first person to come up with a new technique.
  • Everyone who’s done it pokes fun at those who haven’t.
  • Beginners do a lot of clumsy fumbling about.
  • You’ll miss it if it’s been a while.
  • There’s always someone willing to write about the only right way to do things.
  • It doesn’t go so well when you’re drunk, but you’re more likely to do it.
  • Sometimes it’s fun to use expensive toys.
  • Other people just get in the way.


came across this in Peter Harkins ‘s Blog