Dell offering XP on consumer desktops and notebooks again

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that Dell had stopped providing Windows XP for consumer desktops and notebooks,only providing Vista, but have found it necessary to keep on supplying XP as an option.

Michael Gartenberg, vice president and research director of JupiterResearch, said many consumers continue to buy XP because it is familiar, it works with their existing hardware and programs, and is overall "good enough," even though Vista boasts a prettier user interface and stronger security.

Dell recalls 4 million batteries

After a number of Dell notebooks have exploded into flames, Dell has issued a recall of 4.1 million batteries (made by Sony). The notebooks were sold between April 2004 and July 2006. It makes you wonder how many other notebooks are affected by similar Sony batteries.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/08/15/1155407776670.html

Sony again top in ‘Best brands’ poll

For the seventh year in a row, Sony is again top of the list, followed by Dell and Coca Cola. Apple is now in the top 10 list, and Microsoft has dropped out of the list.

The question asked in the poll was: “We would like you to think about brands or names of products and services you know. Considering everything, which three brands do you consider the best?”

http://www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/index.asp?PID=682