Tuesday May 22, 2007

Moore's law for disk drives

I have been thinking about upgrading the disk drive on my experimental Solaris laptop, a Dell Inspiron 1100. I called up the same Friendly Local Vietnamese Reseller where I bought my 40-gig drive 16 months ago. Their price for that 40-gig drive in December, 2005, was  $78. Their price today for an 80-gig drive? $78. 

Friday Feb 23, 2007

Note to Sun: Call Michael Dell

Dell has started a new web site that is pretty cool, definitely Web 2.0: Dell IdeaStorm. Anyone can post a product idea that they would like Dell to implement. Then, users can vote continuously for their favorite ideas, which are displayed in order of popularity. Guess what the most popular idea is? PCs with pre-installed Linux (75,000 votes). And the second most popular? Pre-installed OpenOffice (46,000 votes). 

This is huge. I can't imagine a better way to promote OpenOffice as a corporate standard. It's already hit the news media. I hope Dell listens to their own users, and I hope Sun follows up on this opening. Simon Phipps has already blogged about it, and I hope the idea reaches the right ears.

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