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Dell Home Coupons

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Here are the latest coupons from the Dell home division.

The popular Inspiron 570 desktop for $299.99 only! Limited time offer! Valid until 4/06/2011

Limited quantity clearance sale! Save up to $314 on some of Dell’s most popular desktops and laptops! Valid until 4/30/2011

Save $627 on SXPS 9100 desktop with a 23″ monitor! Use coupon code LM?BF7P$FR9KCK Valid until 4/06/2011

Save $80 on a Dell ST2210B 22-inch Full HD Widescreen Monitor with coupon code P075QS72TQGBLQ Valid until 4/06/2011 or after 1500 redemptions

Save $50 on the Inspiron One 23 greater than $749.99! Coupon Code 39PZGRRWQN?VT4 Valid until 4/06/2011

Upgrade and save big! Save $400 off XPS 17 laptop $1300 or greater when you stack coupon code 8GHR80Q1PLLCF7 and QFSNKXG0P1S1BK Valid until 4/07/2011

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - March 30, 2011 at 10:55 am

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Dell Home Days of Deals

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Here are some deals from Dell home.

Save $270 off an LG 50-inch 50PK550 1080p Plasma HDTV with coupon code $3MR0N2V8KN00G End Date: 3/30/2011 or 30 redemptions (whichever comes first)

Save $20 on Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 for Windows with coupon code J9JB5VSKPLNHSQ End Date: 3/30/2011 or 30 redemptions (whichever comes first)

Get a $50 gift card with purchase of this popular Inspiron 15R laptop!

Save $50.00 on a Dell P513W Photo Printer – WiFi, Print, Copy & Scan coupon code 1?M3M34MM6D1VZ End Date: 3/30/2011or after 1,000 redemptions (whichever comes first)

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - March 25, 2011 at 8:27 am

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Dell Small Business Coupons

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Sony Bravia EX400 40-inch KDL40EX400/H LCD HDTV only $549.99 after $350 Instant Savings! Valid until 03/30/2011

Sharp AQUOS 26” LC-26DV28UT HDTV with built-in DVD only $259.99 after $190 instant savings! Valid until 03/30/2011

Dell Vostro V13 laptop for only $439. Save $330!

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - at 8:20 am

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Dell Computer Deals and Coupons

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Here are some of the latest computer deals from Dell.com.

Save $299 on $1298 Studio XPS desktop. $999 after instant savings + free memory and harddrive upgrade End Date: 2/5/09 5:55 AM CST

Save $50 on all Home Theater in Box $200 or more Use Coupon Code: GM3PXW3HX0MNS7 End Date: 2/6/09 11:55 PM CT

Save $10 on select point and shoot digital cameras $179 or more Use Coupon Code: XR??42H7W$3QWS End Date: 02/05/09 3:00 PM CST

15% off Inspiron 1420 $799+ Use Coupon Code: VGFLVTXP4HDDW5 Expires 2/06/09

Save 25% on flash memory and select laptop and desktop accessories Use Coupon Code: B0FP12N2JW5L2L End Date: 02/12/09 11:55 PM CT

Save $70 on Sony BDP-S550 Blu-Ray Disc Player. $399.99 before discount. End Date: 2/2/09 6:59 AM CT

Save 25% on select Studio desktops $1299 or more Use Coupon Code: F3TVP?S04MVD3Z End Date: 01/30/09 11:59PM CST

Save $300 on XPS M1730 laptops $2399 or more Use Coupon Code: NCGD?0QBMX6DLH End Date: 02/09/09 11:59PM CST

Save $348 on $1347 XPS M1330 laptop. $999 after instant savings End Date: 2/2/09 5:59 AM CT E-Value Code: DYDOTU6

Save $349 on $1348 XPS M1530. Only $999 after instant discount End Date: 2/2/09 5:59 AM CT E-Value Code: DYDOHU6

Dell Home XPS™ M1330 now starting at only $899. End Date: 02/19/2009 E-Value Code: DYCWTG1

Save $330 on $1129 Studio Desktop with 19″ monitor. Only $799 after instant savings End Date: 2/2/09 5:59 AM CT E-Value Code: DDDOMD4

Save 25% on select Studio desktops $1299 or more Use Coupon Code: F3TVP?S04MVD3Z End Date: Expires 2/27/09

Save $224 on $983 Studio 15 laptop. $759 after instant discount. End Date: 2/2/09 5:59 AM CT E-Value Code: DNDOUM2

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - January 30, 2009 at 3:03 am

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Disable Wireless Adapters When Connected to a LAN

Recently, I have been trying to figure out how to keep the laptops in our office from grabbing an ip address on the wireless connection when they are plugged into the local lan, thus grabbing two ip addresses, not to mention the security implications. Now, one would think this would’ve been something that would have been thought of early on and included in the operating system, or, at the very least, something you could do with group policy on a domain controller. Nope, at least, as far as I have been able to tell. I’m still a little hopeful that I might be able to figure out some registry keys to change, once I find a better registry monitor than the one I have, maybe I will figure it out.

It is very easy on most laptops to turn off the wireless connection, such as hitting the function key and F2 on Dell laptop, but who wants to rely on users pressing a key or key combinations every time they login to our network, so, an it has to automatically happen when you dock your laptop or plug in an Ethernet cable. Below I am outlining what I did to make it happen on several different laptops, the ones we actually use in the office. Good thing wireless networks don’t get too finicky and work with most Telephone Systems International. Click on the image to see the larger size.

Dell laptops
Dell laptops with a Dell wireless adapter in them are very easy to disable when connected to a wired network, on the adapter there is a setting called “Disable Upon Wired Connect”, all you have to do is go into device manager, find the network adapter and double click it and go to the advanced tab. Enable this setting and it will turn off the wireless card when connected to your lan.

Unluckily for us, most of our Dell laptops have an Intel wireless adapter, such as the PRO 2200BG, and they do not have this feature. You need to install the Dell Quickset utility, get it here, enter your model and search for quickset, and then go into the location profiles setting:

Dell quickset

Next you need to go into the General Mobility Settings and select Modify Settings:
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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - July 24, 2008 at 12:25 pm

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Dell Inspiron Laptop Only $499

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Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop only $499 after $229 off Applicable E-value code: 6VAFF-DNDEPA5 Limited time offer: Beginning 7/18/2008 12:00 AM CT through 7/22/2008 5:59 AM CT.

Other Dell coupons currently available:

20% off all Dell XPS M1330 Laptops over $1249 + FREE Standard Shipping! Limited time offer: Beginning 7/17/2008 through 7/23/2008 11:55 PM CT. Use Coupon Code: K54SDRK72$L6W3.

25% off all Dell XPS M1330 Laptops over $1499 + FREE Standard Shipping! Limited time offer: Beginning 7/17/2008 through 7/23/2008 5:55 PM CT. Use Coupon Code: 0$?X8RJ0$G3XLB

Dell Vostro 1510 featured at $539! Hurry, expires 7/30/08. Windows Vista w/Service Pack 1, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB mem, Free ground shipping.

Dell Vostro 200 Mini Tower featured at $449! Hurry! Expires 7/30/08. Windows Vista Basic w/Service Pack 1, Intel Dual Core, 20″ WFP monitor, FREE upgrade from 1GB to 2GB mem.

Dell Latitude D530 Laptop featured at $699! Hurry, expires 7/30/08! Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB mem, 120GB HD, 6 cell battery for up to 5:00 hours* of battery life, free ground shipping.

Dell OptiPlex 330 with 19″ WFP monitor featured at $499! Hurry! Expires 7/30/08! Windows Vista w/Service Pack 1, Pentium Dual Core, Free ground shipping on systems $399 and up.

Dell PowerEdge T105 server featured at $349! Hurry! Expires 7/30/08. AMD Opteron Dual Core processor, 1GB mem, and two 160GB hard drives.

Dell computer deals

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - July 18, 2008 at 2:48 am

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Technology News for December 6, 2007

Microsoft to Try Windows XP Out on OLPC in January Microsoft said it plans to conduct field trials in January of Windows XP running on the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop. The XO laptop ships with a Linux operating system and is meant to be a low-cost machine available to people who live in countries with developing economies.

December 2007 Advance Notification I wanted to let you know that we just posted our Advance Notification for next week’s bulletin release which will occur on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at or around 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

It is important to remember that while the information posted below is intended to help with your planning, because it is preliminary information, it is subject to change.

Internet Explorer 8 Just as he was the first to talk about IE7, Bill Gates kept the tradition alive and discussed IE8 at the Mix ‘n Mash event here on campus yesterday. Bill was talking to some bloggers about IE.Next and called it IE8, the same way we do here in the IE team hallway. So, yes, the version after IE7 is IE8.

Dell to sell PCs at Best Buy Beginning in the next few weeks, Dell notebooks and desktops will be for sale at Best Buy, the companies announced Thursday.

Several models of XPS and Inspiron PCs will be available at 900 Best Buy locations, including the XPS M1330 in white, the Inspiron 1521 in blue and black, the Inspiron 1420 in black, and the all-in-one XPS One desktop.

Microsoft gears up for the biggest enterprise launch in its history Microsoft will be spending more than US$150 million worldwide to do a combined launch of its trio of enterprise products: Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, next year. The theme will be “Heroes Happen Here,” and the launch events will kick off in Los Angeles starting February 27, 2008.

IBM researchers build supercomputer-on-a-chip Supercomputers may soon be the same size as a laptop if IBM brings to market research detailed on Thursday, in which pulses of light replace electricity to make data transfer between processor cores on a chip up to one-hundred times faster.

Microsoft releases final version of HD Photo plug-in for Photoshop Microsoft has taken the beta tag off a plug-in to let Photoshop read and write files in the HD Photo format, which Microsoft is standardizing as JPEG XR. The free plug-in is available for download for Windows and Mac OS X systems.

Microsoft trials XP on XO laptop Microsoft is to begin field tests of Windows XP working on the so-called $100 laptop, or XO, early in 2008. It has not committed to offering XP on the XO laptop but hopes to release the operating system in the first half of 2008 if the trials succeed.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - December 6, 2007 at 8:07 pm

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Todays Tech 5/24/2007

Here are some of the latest technology stories floating around the internet today.

Wal-Mart to begin selling Dell PCs Initial word was that the Dell PCs would go on sale this weekend. A representative for Wal-Mart on Thursday morning said that the PCs are slated to be in stores on June 10, with two models each offered in a bundle priced below $700. Details on the PCs were not provided. Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart Canada stores will carry different models.

Copying HD DVD and Blu-ray discs may become legal Under a licensing agreement in its final stages, consumers may get the right to make several legal copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies they’ve purchased, a concession by the movie industry that may quell criticism that DRM (digital rights management) technologies are too restrictive.

This is crazy. I can’t believe I just posted a story that said users MAY get the right to copy their OWN property. The movie and music industries suck and they are killing it all by themselves.

Flexible, full-color OLED On May 24, Sony unveiled what it is calling the world?s first flexible, full-color organic electroluminescent display (OLED) built on organic thin-film transistor (TFT) technology. OLEDs typically use a glass substrate, but Sony researchers developed new technology for forming organic TFT on a plastic substrate, enabling them to create a thin, lightweight and flexible full-color display.

Dell Offers Three Consumer Systems With Ubuntu 7.04 Later today, Dell will offer U.S customers three different systems with Ubuntu 7.04 installed: the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops and the Inspiron E1505n notebook. These systems will be available at www.dell.com/open by 4pm CST today. Starting price for the E520n desktop and the E1505n notebook is $599; the XPS 410n starts at $849.

Why Are CC Numbers Still So Easy To Find? Some “script kiddie” tricks still work after all: Take the first 8 digits of a standard 16-digit credit card number. Search for them on Google in “nnnn nnnn” form. Since the 8-digit prefix of a given card number is often shared with many other cards, about 1/4 of credit card numbers in my random test, turned up pages that included other credit card numbers, and about 1 in 10 turned up a “treasure trove” of card numbers that were exposed through someone’s sloppily written Web app.

DOG (Distrust/Disdain of Google) moves in Me? Google is too secretive. Too unwilling to engage. Too aloof. Oh, and Eric Schmidt, Google?s CEO, has lost touch with how normal people think (if these quotes are correct, and that?s a big ?if?). If they are correct I think it?s evidence that he?s been hanging around too many advertising execs lately. Their goal is to put impulses into your mind so you take certain actions (like buy Diet Coke instead of Diet Pepsi). Believe it or not advertising execs talk like that. So, when Eric is reported to have said, during a visit to Britain this week: ?The goal is to enable Google users to be able to ask the question such as ?What shall I do tomorrow?? and ?What job shall I take??? we all get a little freaked out. We don?t want Google to know that much about us.

Windows XP SP3 in the Works – Microsoft Confirms They have confirmed service pack 3, but the date on that article is wrong, according to Microsoft the release date will be 1st half of 2008, whatever that means.

Cyber Crooks Hijack Activities of Large Web-Hosting Firm Brian Krebs talks about IPOWER Inc, on of the hosting companies that was recently featured by Stopbadware.org as one of the largest hosting companies that are currently silently installing malicious software, as detailed here, Exposing Hosting Companies with Malicious Websites. Brian says organized crime is responsible and IPOWER says it was one compromised server run by another company.

Google is failing the Microsoft litmus test If you want to evaluate the ?evil? quotient of any company?s strategy/behavior, consider how you?d feel about it if it were Microsoft in the driver seat.

Vista no panacea for PC sales Although Microsoft has characterized itself as happy with Vista adoption so far?and Bill Gates said last week at WinHEC that Microsoft had shipped 40 million copies?the release of the new operating system has not resulted in a significant bump in PC sales.

Skype Worm Variant Targets Other Instant Messaging Clients Yesterday, I discovered what appears to be a new collection of “Skype Worm” infection binaries in circulation – it uses the tried and tested methods employed by similar infections over the past few months, with the ultimate payload being the Stration Worm. Aside from that, there’s another little surprise waiting but we’ll get to that shortly…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 24, 2007 at 5:14 pm

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Dell & Google Distributing Spyware? Not Really…

In a post from the OpenDNS blog, David Ulevitch says Google turns the page? in a bad way, in it he says Dell and Google have teamed up and are installing software on Dell Computers that borders on being spyware. The issue is that they, meaning computer manufacturers like Dell, Gateway, Sony, etc, are installing this program called Browser Address Error Redirector to redirect users who mistype url’s or enter search terms in the address bar like they do a search box, to a search results page that is filled with sponsored listings, the ones that Dell and Google will make money from if users click on them. Here is why this could happen:

This page was generated because of one of these two reasons:

The web address you typed did not resolve correctly.

You typed a keyword query in the browser address bar.
This page is meant to provide you with helpful related content, including web search results and paid advertisements, based on the meaning of the web address/keyword query that you typed. This program can be uninstalled from the Control Panel “Add/Remove Programs” in Windows XP or “Control Panel > Program > Programs and Features” in Windows Vista. Look for the application named Browser Address Error Redirector. Older versions may be called GoogleAFE.

Sounds pretty innocent to me, if you take them at their word, but the ads, err I mean the search results they serve up are dominated by Google ads, in fact, on most users screens, they probably would not be able to see the actual Google search results. Now, David says it is Google and Dell who is doing it, but I wonder if it is Dell’s decision alone to decide how many ads to place on a search results page such as this? I know I decide how many I show on my site, but I have no exclusive deal with Dell to compare it to. I guess the terms and decision makers will come out when Dell and Google respond, if they haven’t already. David goes on to give some reasons why Dell and Google would do this.

The computer hardware business has razor-thin margins which means making a profit is tough. So the opportunity for Dell to get a recurring revenue stream from an existing customer long after the sale of the computer is more than just enticing, it?s huge. It also means a couple other things:

Dell and Google have an incentive to make it very hard for users to turn this off.
Because users can?t get rid of it, Dell and Google can get away with putting more ads on the page and pushing user-relevant content off the page. Source: Google turns the page? in a bad way

Now, I myself have not seen the redirector in action, most of the Dell computers that I end up seeing are re-imaged when they are received by the buyers, so, this crap does not live on those computers very long, and, as a matter of fact, the last one I looked at did much the same thing, but with a Microsoft results page that was a little more helpful than the Dell/Google page, it only had three sponsored listings and a most popular products listing before the search results. OpenDNS is a service users have to go get, and they do much the same thing, but they are way more friendly on their results page, adding a did you mean this link, like when you misspell something, at the top, and the search results right below it, with the sponsored listings on the right, much like the default Google search page. So, lots of commenters are saying OpenDNs only brought it up because they are in competition and that they are trying to make it sound worse than it is by throwing terms around like spyware and saying it is hard to remove. It is easy to find and obviously named in the Add/Remove programs applet in the control panel, so it is not hard to remove.

Danny Sullivan says:

I wouldn’t consider it spyware, but it certainly isn’t friendly ware. But you can understand why some people would think it’s spyware, when their computers seem to be acting in a strange way. Some searches brought up plenty of people who are confused by the software and what it is doing.

One of the most ironic things in all this is to compare what’s happening to the statements Dell and Google have made about consumer choice in the past. When the deal came out in May 2006, Dell said:

Our motivation is to deliver customers tools that enable them to search and organize information quickly and easily, right out of the box…Dell customers will have the option of choosing Microsoft as their default if they prefer. Source: Google & Dell’s Revenue-Generating URL Error Pages Drawing Fire

As Danny said, Google says they just have to change the defaults in IE 7, if they prefer, but that is something that Google said in the past was too hard for people to do. They even argued that Microsoft was taking the choice away from consumers by setting the search default to Microsoft’s search engine, something Google does in Firefox and now Dell computers. Pot meet kettle, kettle meet pot. They said their motivation was to allow their customers to search and organize information quickly, something this search results page does not do, it is geared for the quick cash.

Ryan Naraine says he has pinged Google to ask them about it, and he asks, what if the software has an exploitable software vulnerability? Something I am sure we will find out soon enough.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 23, 2007 at 5:00 pm

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Computer News for 5/20/2007

Symantec false positive cripples thousands of Chinese PCs A signature update to Symantec’s anti-virus software crippled thousands of Chinese PCs Friday when the security software took two critical Windows .dll files for [tag]malware[/tag].

According to numerous blog entries from Chinese computer users, a virus signature database seeded yesterday mistook two system files of a Chinese edition of Windows XP SP2 as a Trojan horse which Symantec dubs “Backdoor.Haxdoor.” The anti-virus software — Norton AntiVirus, for example, or the anti-virus component of the Norton 360 or Norton Internet Security suites — then quarantined the netapi32.dll and lsasrv.dll files.

“With these files removed, Windows XP will no longer start up, and even the system Safe Mode no longer functions,” said one user writing to the alt.comp.anti-virus newsgroup this morning.

Google Licenses Technology for 3D Maps Google has licensed technology that will enable [tag]Google[/tag] to map out 3-D versions of cities world wide.

According to a Mercury News report, the technology was developed by a team of Stanford University students and was used to run a robotic car that won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.

Although Google is the market leader in mapping, to date it has lagged behind Microsoft?s Virtual Earth in terms of 3-D functionality.

Dell announces the models for Ubuntu We will be launching a Linux based OS (Ubuntu) on the E520, 1505 and XPS 410 starting next Thursday, 5/24. We expect these systems to be less than 1% of our OS mix for the entire year which is ~20,000 systems annually. Please cover the huddle deck below with your team by EOB Sunday. If any questions come up, please let me know so I can address them before launch.

The goal of launching Linux is to continue to give our customers more choices to customize their new Dell. Providing more options to our Linux Enthusiast customer group will hopefully create even more Raving Fans!!

Governments using filters to censor Internet, survey finds With the aid of sophisticated software, government censorship of the Internet is spreading into a global phenomenon, with tech-savvy governments filtering forbidden themes from politics and human rights to sexuality and religion, according to a new academic survey of 40 countries.

In the past five years, the practice has grown beyond a handful of countries, including Iran, China and Saudi Arabia, to 26 nations that block a wide range of topics as they adopt filtering techniques, according to an OpenNet Initiative report to be issued Friday in Oxford, England.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 20, 2007 at 6:13 am

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