Thursday, June 28, 2007

Dell new Inspiron - Santa Rosa inside

Dell release new Inspiron series with new Centrino Duo platform - Santa Rosa(Details on Santa Rosa).
New Inspiron available in 8 colors, offering red, blue, yellow, green, brown, and pink colors besides black and white one.It also built-in with 2.0MP webcam.

New Inspiron series 1420 (14.1"), 1520(15.4"), 1720(17")
that built on Intel new Santa Rosa come with:

  • Processor of new Centrino platform(Santa Rosa) - T7100,T7300,T7500,T7700 with 800Mhz FSB or
    processor from previous Centrino platform - T5250,T5450 with 667Mhz
  • 965GM chipset with Intel GMA X3100 graphics or
    965PM chipset for NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M GS 128MB or NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M GT 256MB
  • Wireless 802.11n support (optional)

New Inspiron also comes with AMD. Inspiron 1521 is comes with AMD Turion 64 X2 processors and based on AMD ATI M690T chipset, integrated with ATI Radeon Xpress X1270 graphic. AMD Athlon 64 X2 will be available later for this model.

However gigabit LAN still not implemented in the new Inspiron.
Also notice that desktop product name is substituted from Dimension to Inspiron.

Fresh red brochure

Different color different face
(added 3rd July)

Wondering why Dell didn't show the graphic spec in the brochures. GeForce 8 series graphic is quite attractive...

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Streamyx 4.0Mbps ?

Do we really need 4M of speed? Consider the factors:

-Copper line can support 4M of speed but most of the copper wires here are old and in bad quality. If the SNR margin is low for line capped 1M or below, you will face stability issue if upgrade to a higher speed, the SNR margin will drop when the line is capped to a higher speed, the SNR margin will become too low, then it will brings disconnection issue. Refer to my post - Get rid of Streamyx intermittent connection. I heard that TM only provides this service to customer that meet the minimum requirement of SNR margin(e.g. minimum of 15db for line capped at 1M). It also depends how far you are from the local exchange, cannot be too far from the exchange. Sometimes even you are near to the exchange, you may also have connection problems because of poor copper line. And it is hard to get full speed that offered by the package, speed is only on best efforts basis.

-RM198! non-promotional RM268!
In other countries, you can get more than 10M at cheaper price.

-4M with throttling , no point to subscribe if you only want higher bt speed (different if using of VPN services or methods of bypassing throttling are working). We no need 4M if just for surfing, may be it will helps in smooth news and multimedia streaming.

This time TM come out with new METRO.e technology that provides speed from 4Mbps to 1Gbps for businesses, so is Streamyx 4.0M package related to the new tech?
Some rumour says that current packages will be upgraded to higher speed soon. We hope it's true.
Anyone has experienced with the 4M package?
Now we can wait for the price to drop, or wait for WiMax to come...

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Streamyx bill view in Firefox

I just realized that Streamyx bill now can be viewed in Firefox. Before this, when you select the bill period and click on the preferred language, it had no respond, and we only can viewed the bill in IE. Is it caused by TM MCM&B system update or Firefox latest release? However, account information update is still not working in Firefox, the system cannot save the profile after editing.