What's Michael Dell running now? Windows 98? DOS?

What's Michael Dell running now? Windows 98? DOS?

Summary: A sharp-eyed-n-eared audience member of ZDNet -- Cameron Dorey -- spotted News.com's Tom Krazit doing an interview of Dell chairman Michael Dell and asking him what computer he uses at home.

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A sharp-eyed-n-eared audience member of ZDNet -- Cameron Dorey -- spotted News.com's Tom Krazit doing an interview of Dell chairman Michael Dell and asking him what computer he uses at home.  Except for the memory, Dell apparently has a pretty tricked out system.  It's a two-socket system, each socket capable of handling one of Intel's Core Duo "Woodcrest" processors (for a total of four cores).  He's got two monitors connected to the system and a fiber-based Internet connection to his house.  But for memory, Dell says the Dell Precision 690 "supports 64 MB of memory but I've only got 32 in there."

32 MBs of memory?

Asked Cameron via e-mail, "Is he using Win95, or has he been able to upgrade to Win98?"

Good catch Cam.  Or maybe Dell knows something we dont!

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  • Ever tried to buy memory for a Dell?

    Good to know everyone has the same trouble finding the right kind and having to wait for it to arrive.

    Probably he gave up on Dell's memory tool and had to wait too long for live help. And put in an email to complain. Which has still not been answered.

    Former CEOs get treated like everyone else.

    Think what Bill Gates will have to endure. Particularly if he gets a call from the Chinese President and has to relay the problem to fee-based support.
    Anton Philidor
  • 32GB not MB

    If you look up the specs on that machine, you'll notice that if you configure the 64-bit version of XP, it allows you to install a maximum of 64GB of memory. I think he ONLY has 32GB. That's quite a machine.
    jonez131
    • I'm impressed

      [i]I think he ONLY has 32GB. That's quite a machine.[/i]

      I'm particularly impressed by the cooling system he must have for that memory. 64 GB means 16 x 4GB slots, which in an Intel system can only be FBDIMM. So they're only half-populated? That's still a toaster just for the DRAM, never mind the system controller etc.

      The funny thing about it is, a loaded system like that is really only good as a server. A desktop with that much weighing it down is going to be rather unresponsive due to the slow memory access.
      Yagotta B. Kidding
    • 32MB not GB

      I didn't look up the specs, I watched the video on ZDNet. He obviously has a special mod that either runs some super-compressed memory or, as Mr Philador implies, he has been caught in the same memory crunch the rest of us have from time to time. Like the time the CEO of the local electric utility lived down the street from me and he had to wait just like everyone else to get his power back on after a snowstorm.
      cd2_z
  • Apart from compensating for the inversed size of something he finds lacking

    what will he use such a monster of a PC for?

    Doom IV?

    Or letting it multitask as his fancy broiler oven? It's probably faster to throw a frozen chicken into that big PC than any standard range bought in a department store...
    HypnoToad
  • typo

    im sure that means 64 gb not mb. The new precision supports two dual cores and 64 gigs of ram.
    celticshinobi@...
    • Not a typo

      It's a video, he didn't type anything, watch it before you comment. Come on, man, someone points out a mistake and you shoot the messenger? I thought it was funny.
      cd2_z
      • its 64GB and not 64MB and using 32GB and not 32MB

        check it out

        http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9584_22-6102956.html?tag=zdfd.newsfeed
        zzz1234567890
        • Nope.

          Apparently Mr. Krazit reported what he *meant*. I noted what he *said*. Check out the video for yourself.
          cd2_z