Archives: March 2006

Dell buys Alienware

Alienware, longtime PC manufacturer of high-end high-powered machines aimed primarily at gaming enthusiasts, has been bought by Dell. This will surely give Dell’s machines a credibility boost amongst the gaming community, if they can keep manufacturing the machines to the same quality.

Alienware products will continue to sell through their own website and will not be promoted on the Dell site.

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Linux mid-air crash

Windows has had the monopoly on Blue Screen of Death crash screenshots from machines in various unlikely places for the longest time, but here’s a screenshot of a Linux crash of the multimedia entertainment system on an Airbus.

I’m actually less interested in the crash itself since I’ve been running Linux on my desktop, my laptop (although I do run XP as well) and my webserver for a number of years now and have *NEVER* had a single crash where the whole OS went down or hung, similar to what you get accustomed to on Windows. I found this picture more interesting for the fact that I never would have guessed that Linux was being used for the inflight entertainment on planes.

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WD Raptor X 150GB drive review – RegHardware

RegHardware.co.uk have a great review of the Western Digital Raptor X 150GB drive. If you’ve been following the hard drive market for the last year or so, you’ll already know about WD’s 10,000rpm drives, that up until this point only came in relatively small capacities of 36 and 72Gb.

Until now. Now you can get a 150Gb drive with the same outrageous 10,000rpm spin spead and 15Mb cache – this is a drive that you’ll be hard pushed to match. Only a RAID 0 with 2 decent 7200rpm drives will come close to the performance of this drive.

Of course 150GB is still small compared to the 500GB drives currently on the market, but if you’re looking for speed, then this is the drive to go for.

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