NOTES FROM THE FIELD: Dell’s ’smokin’, McAfee ain’t jokin’

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: Dell’s ’smokin’, McAfee ain’t jokin’


Here in Cringeville, rumours are swirling around a $US100 billion Google IPO. With that kind of cash, Google could pay off every- one upset by Gmail’s snoopery, buy new Segways for its employees, and have enough left to hire me as a consultant. They could call me Gman. I like the sound of that.

Sniffing out the truth: Turns out the foil covering the windows at Network Associates was there for more than just sun block. As first reported here, NAI has indeed spun off its Sniffer unit (now called Network General) and is changing its name back to McAfee. However, contrary to rumours reported here, CEO George Samenuk seems to be remaining with the company. Like the song says, two out of three ain’t bad.

Hotter than Dell: Readers interested in sizzling Texas barbecue could do worse than to buy a Dell OptiPlex SX270. My spies claim these tiny towers pack more heat than a habanero pepper. One Cringester bought 60 SX270s and so far has replaced 10 motherboards; some of the boards’ capacitors had exploded from the heat. The SX270s aren’t the only Dell hardware that’s been caught smokin’ lately; some PowerEdge servers have also been known to get a little hot under the collar. Spokesfolk for Dell say they haven’t received a ton of complaints about SX270s doubling as George Foreman grills, but they’ll work with any customers to resolve their issues. Wall Street thinks Dell stock is a hot ticket; I guess now we know why.

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