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Friday, December 17, 2004

Ring my Dell

posted by Mu at 12/17/2004 10:14:00 AM

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Ok, you have to be of a certain advanced age to get the little play on words from the bad songtitle of the late disco age. So what, so am I, and it's Xmas.
One of my favorite tech news sites is the the Inquirer. One of the reasons is it's british, so they have everything written by the time I log on, and can finish the day's stuff in one setting. The other is - compared to more formal news sites like CNET - they have more of a personal journalism stile, including a number of vendettas. And they have really good insider info - and since they don't subscribe to NDA's usually they are not shy to put stuff up, like the complete confidential netcast of Intel to it's employees withing hours of it's distribution within the company.
Recently they put up a couple of slides showing data from Dell regarding AMD processors. Now, if you're not a hardware geek-wonna-be, Dell is Intel's flagship outlet, using exclusively Intel CPUs, and getting the best of the best from Intel in return. Every new CPU generation is available at Dell first, and quite frequently nearly exclusively. So Dell having anything AMD is a surprise. But nothing to fascinate any non-geeks, and nothing that would warrant a second post. But then Dell made the mistake and sending the author a take-down notice, and we all know you should let sleeping dogs lie, even tiny ones.
The resulting post is a shredding for Dell. Basically, not only did they compare their Intel product to an AMD product - they needed to fudge the data to make sure they don't look completely left behind. Better keep your mouth shut and look stupid than opening it and confirm it to the world.