News Bits: Make an SD Hard Drive, Lenovo in Circuit City, LG W1Pro

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Make a Solid State Drive for your notebook

Solid State Drives (SSDs) fetch a premium at current, selling for up to $1,000 for a 30GB drive. But now there is an alternative – you can make your own. GeekStuff4U is selling a DIY drive with the ability to hold up to 4x 2GB SD cards, making 8GB of total capacity. The bare drive without the SD cards goes for a cool $258.50.

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Lenovo offers ThinkPad and Lenovo Notebooks at Circuit City

Lenovo today announced that several Lenovo PCs are available for purchase at almost 700 Circuit City stores across the United States.

Customers can now purchase ThinkPad T60 widescreen and Lenovo N100 notebook PCs at select Circuit City locations, online at, or over the phone. The Lenovo C200 series notebook PC will also be offered. Lenovo notebooks will be pre-loaded with Windows Vista Home Basic or Home Premium, while ThinkPad T60 widescreen notebooks will be pre-loaded with Windows Vista Business.

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Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 now available as free download

Microsoft’s Virtual PC 2007 is now available as a free download. The virtualization software allows users to run multiple operating systems within Windows. It will also help users run older applications if Windows Vista’s compatability mode does not work. Everything from Windows 98 to Linux can be installed inside of Virtual PC.

The download size is about 30MB; both 32- and 64-bit versions are available.

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Dell undergoes senior management changes after return of founder

After returning to Dell, Michael S. Dell is making senior management changes. Dell has recently hired the following people:

  • Ronald G. Garriques, a Motorola executive vice president to run Dell’s global consumer division
  • Michael Cannon, chief executive of Solectron to oversee parts procurement and manufacturing operations
  • Donald Carty, former chief executive of AMR as chief financial officer
  • Stephen F. Schuckenbrock to expand consulting and services business to large businesses

Mr. Dell said he was loking for a chief marketing officer and an executive to run European operations.

All these changes mean Dell is putting more focus on its consumer products, which only made up about 15 percent of Dell’s $56 billion revenue last year. HP has a much stronger consumer status.

Mr. Garriques will be in charge of all consumer products Dell sells, from PCs to TVs. He helped Motorola’s phone business in 2004 turn into a $28 billion global business mainly because of the Razr phone.

Despite the new job hirings, many current executives are leaving:

  • Kevin Rollins, former CEO
  • James Schneider, former chief financial officer
  • John Hamlin, senior vice president for global online business and marketing
  • Paul McKinnon, head of human resources
  • Rosendo G. Parra, senior vice president for home and small business group
  • Glenn E. Neland, senior vice president for procurement

Mr. Dell also announced that Dell has set up a new website,, where customers can post their ideas for new products and services.

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LG introduces new 17-inch W1PRO EXPRESS DUAL laptop

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LG Electronics has introduced their latest 17-inch laptop, the W1PRO EXPRESS DUAL. It has a silver and black enclosure and features an integrated TV tuner and Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The W1PRO has the following specifications:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo processors
  • 17" WSXGA+ display
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital audio support
  • ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi
  • 2x 1.2 watt stereo speakers
  • Windows Vista Home Premium pre-installed
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs

The W1PRO carries a pricetag of nearly $2,600, so it is not for the budget-minded.

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