Dell Vostro 1510 – My New Notebook Computer!

 

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Early this month I bought a new laptop from the Dell Australia Outlet – a Vostro 1510. The Vostro range is designed for small businesses, in contrast to the XPS, Inspiron and new Studio notebooks for personal users and the Latitude line targeted towards medium and large organisations.

 

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Dell Outlet computers are new but have been ordered previously by another customer, returned for whatever reason and are sold at a discount to the standard made-to-order Dells. My Vostro 1510 cost AUD 1,314.50 and came with the following features:

 

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T8300

4GB ( 2 X 2048MB ) 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM

160GB SATA Hard Drive

Genuine Windows(R) XP Professional (English)

Slot load 8X max DVD + /-RW Drive with DVD + R double layer write capability

Integrated Fast Ethernet 10/100/1000

256MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) 8400M GS

Integrated Stereo Sound

Microsoft(R) Office 2007 Small Business OEM Version (English)

Intel(R) 4965AGN Wireless-N Mini-Card

15.4 ” Widescreen WXGA (1280×800) TFT Display

LCD Black Cover with Integrated 1.3 Mega Pixel Web Cam with Digital Microphone

System Hardware Warranty -1 Year Next Business Day (8×5) Onsite Response

 

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My 15.4 inch Vostro 1510 and 12.1 inch Latitude D410 side by side

 

These specifications compare favourably with my old Latitude D410 (also a pre-configured Dell Outlet machine) I paid AUD 1,626.90 for in February 2006:

 

Latitude(TM) D410 Intel(R) Pentium(R) M Processor 740 (1.73GHz) 12.1″ XGA

1024MB (2 X 512MB) DDR2 SDRAM

40Gb Ultra Ata (5400Rpm) Hard Drive

Genuine Windows(R) XP Professional SP2 Edition (English)

8X DVD-ROM + 24X CD-RW Combo Drive (24X-24X-24X)

Integrated AC97 Audio

Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet

TPM 1.1 (Trusted Platform Module) Security Solution Readiness

Integrated Intel 915GM Graphics Chipset With Up to 128MB Shared System Memory

Dell Wireless(TM) 1370 (802.11 b/g) MiniPCI Card

Integrated Modem Daughter Card (ANZ)

1 Year Next Business Day Parts + Onsite Labour (M-F, 9am – 5pm)

 

After owning the D410, the 1510 features I appreciate the most include the larger hard drive, faster processor, more RAM, built-in DVD burner, stand-alone video card, better speakers, greater wireless reception, web cam, bluetooth, built-in memory card reader, larger monitor and fingerprint scanner. Conversely, the Latitude D410 is lighter, smaller, better built, has a longer battery life and and a pointing stick.

 

Overall I am very happy with the Vostro 1510 although if I could improve it I would increase the hard drive capacity from 160GB to 250GB+ and the screen resolution from 1280×800 to either 1440×900 or 1920×1200.

Windows Live Writer – A Test Blog Post

I’m writing this Blogger blog post offline using my recently installed Windows Live Writer software. This is one of the very few Microsoft products to receive almost unanimously positive reviews based on what I have read on the web.

 

Besides Blogger, Live Writer also works with other blog clients including LiveJournal, Windows Live Spaces, Typepad and WordPress.

 

As well as the ability to write offline (very useful when travelling or in a house without wireless Internet), Live Writer also has WYSIWYG editing, image insertion, inline spell-checking and many other useful features.

A Darcy Before I Die: Ronnie Taheny

A major highlight of Ronnie Taheny’s February 2008 Governor Hindmarsh concert was the world premiere of A Darcy Before I Die. Named after Pride and Prejudice character Fitzwilliam Darcy, the spoken-word poem is about a lifelong search for the perfect man. Ronnie’s performance that night had the audience in stitches and can now be seen by all on YouTube:

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