Sunday, March 22, 2009

Dell Mini

Well I finally hit 35 years old last weekend and my wife bought me a Dell Mini 9" ultra-portable laptop for my birthday. I wonder how she knew?

When unboxing it, the first thing you notice is how small and light it is (less than 2 pounds). I fired it up and removed all the crap that they ship with it (except the webcam application - that's fun to play with). It boots up pretty quick and the screen is clear, bright and very easy to read. The keyboard takes a bit of getting used to but it's pretty usable.

I got the unit with 1GB of memory and the 8GB SSD (Solid State Drive) and when it's running you hear NO noise whatsoever. None! I have it on my night stand and hear nothing!

Today, I'm backing it all up - I have it all setup with Windows XP, Slingbox, Firefox, etc and I'm going to install Mac OSX on it for testing some development work I'm doing. That'll take a little bit of time, but should be a lot of fun.

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