News Bits: XPS M1530 Rumored, Vista SP1 Set for Q1 2008, MacBook Pro External Display Issues

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Engadget rumors Dell is readying release of XPS M1530

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Engadget has run across information on Dell’s upcoming XPS M1530 notebook computer. It will feature a 15.4-inch display and a gaming graphics card. The uncovered specifications are as follows:

  • 15.4-inch display – LED up to WXGA+ (1440×900), CCFL up to WSXGA+ (1680×1050)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo CPU (T5250 1.5GHz – T7800 2.6GHz)
  • Intel 965PM chipset, 4GB DDR2-667 max. capacity
  • Nvidia GeForce 8400M-GS or 8600M-GS video cards with up to 256MB VRAM
  • Slot-loading DVD-RW/Blu-ray optical drive
  • Optional N wireless, Bluetooth
  • Ports: HDMI, VGA, IEEE1394, 3x USB 2.0, Ethernet
  • Built-in fingerprint reader, 2.0 megapixel webcam (CCFL display) or VGA webcam (LED)

The machine is rumored to weigh only 4 pounds but that is probably without the battery. According to the report, the machine is slated to come out on November 7.

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Vista Service Pack 1 coming Q1 2008

The first service pack for Windows Vista is slated to arrive in the first quarter of next year. PCMag has a preview of  what the service pack will have. They found that it did improve the operating system’s performance, add more driver support, and improve encryption. They also found that some applications like Adobe Creative Suite 2 ran faser.

via Gizmodo

Santa Rosa MacBook Pro having trouble with external displays?

There is a small group of users in the Apple Support forums complaining about problems when connecting their Santa Rosa MacBook Pros to external monitors. The users are reporting that their computer are locking up randomly while connecting or disconnecting an external display.

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People have powerful emotions for their computers

In a recent study commissioned by SupportSoft it was found that 64% of Americans spend more time with their computer than their significant other. To add to that, people have strong emotions towards their computer. Respondents indicated that should their computer die:

  • 19 percent admitted to wanting to hurl it out the nearest window
  • 9 percent would feel stranded and alone
  • 11 percent would use language normally reserved for special occasions
  • 7 percent would vent loudly
  • 3 percent would vent tearfully
  • 3 percent would vent their wrath on inanimate objects.

Thankfully, 32 percent said they would just shrug and move on.

Read More (Yahoo News)



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