Dell's smokin', McAfee ain't jokin'

Google's cash is good enough for me

Here in Cringeville, rumors are swirling around a $100 billion Google IPO. With that kind of cash, Google could pay off everyone 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 rumors reported here, CEO George Samenuk seems to be remaining with the company. Like 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 say 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.

This ain’t no party, this ain’t no Cisco: Last February a Cringe crewmember ordered a Cisco Aironet AP1200 wireless access point, but the unit was dead, Jim. A replacement showed up a week later, but it too was a doorstop. A third WAP arrived two weeks after that, also DOA. Cisco posted a notice about the problem last September, but continues to sell the suckers. Cisco says the problem affected only a small number of units and promises to replace any defective ones (over and over and over). The report also notes that unit mortality increases in “high temperature environments” (like, say, within 10 yards of a Dell SX270). Looks like it’s gonna be a long, hot summer.

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