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Andy Leonard

Andy Leonard is an author and engineer who enjoys building and automating data integration solutions. Andy is co-host of the Data Driven podcast. Andy is no longer updating this blog. His current blog is

Getting Red

I just now (well, when you read this it will be late last week; I write ahead sometimes) purchased a Dell XPS 1530 Red laptop with the new Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED SKU installed. Granted, it's 32-bit - mainly because it's a Dell (c'mon Dell, get with x64 already!) - but I'm psyched about the new box. It should arrive next week.

I'm also psyched about helping fight the spread of AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. Microsoft has a page about the effort here. It's cool to be able to help people and score a snappy new laptop. Kudos to Microsoft and Dell for joining this effort!

You can learn more about RED here. The more I read about this cause, the more I want to join in and help out. If you have a minute, check out the great work these folks are doing.

:{> Andy

Published Tuesday, April 29, 2008 12:01 AM by andyleonard

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jchang said:

I looked into putting 64-bit on a notebook a while back, the last holdup is a driver for broadband access.

so right now, i swap out hard drives.

what I am really waiting before i get yet another notebook? 1) quad-core,

2) one or 2 external x4 SAS ports so I can rig a small box of 2.5in SFF SAS drives, it would be nice to do demos with 10-20 disk drives, with 2 x4 SAS ports, I can do 1.6GB/sec.

My Vostro can hold 2 internal SATA drives, but the cheap soft metal screw holding the drive is stripped, so that won't be coming out. I tried ESATA, but could not get it to work.

3) 8-16GB memory, come on, a big 17in notebook, the Vostro only exposes 1 memory socket, the other is not accessible?, there ought to be room for 4 SO-DIMMs, I will wait for 4GB.

The other thought is to buy a small and light desktop, and operate headless, w/o monitor, remoting in from my notebook

April 29, 2008 9:27 AM

Chuck Boyce said:

Right on, Andy!  I fully support (RED) and I love the creativity behind trying to solve problems that seem unsolvable.


April 29, 2008 9:31 AM

Paul Nielsen said:

Dell might ship it with only 32bit, but the drivers for x64 are all downloadable. I rebuilt mine to x64 and found all the drivers I needed, even the Verizon internal broadband, on dell support.

On my Dell 620 to get to the second memory slot, I had to remove the keyboard. Google tech suport manual and all the instructions with photos is avaiable in pdf.

May 2, 2008 9:44 PM

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