I’ve just ordered a new laptop from Dell. They are great on price and features but their service leaves a lot to be desired, I wouldn’t recommend them for anyone who thinks they’ll need help, go somewhere like PC World instead.
So I went online and picked what I needed, I’m going for Windows 7 64 bit, I’ve wanted to move to this platform for some time but now there are enough 64 bit drivers to make it a practical proposition. The one feature I really wanted was virtualisation, I need to develop stuff for Windows Server and I also want XP mode, which lets you run apps that won’t work on Windows 7 by emulating the older version. Now trying to find out whether the laptop would support it was a major problem. According to Intel’s site the processor I wanted, an i7 mobile, should be okay, but some on the Dell forums said it hadn’t worked. The Dell worker I chatted to, on a web based messaging app, said that no Dell machines worked with it, something I didn’t believe so I used their telephone call back. This time was more encouraging, he would investigate but couldn’t tell me the answer unless I ordered from him over the phone rather than online. This presumably was designed to make sure he got the commission, something that nearly caused me to cancel the order in protest. However I persevered and I’m expecting delivery next month – we’ll see how I get on with virtualisation.