Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

John Morris

<p>John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine. He now works for a private investment firm, which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this blog, and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made. No investment advice is offered in this blog. All duties are disclaimed.</p>

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Microsoft's plan to block Linux on laptops

Microsoft's plan to block Linux on laptops

Details of Microsoft's recently announced plan to extend the life of Windows XP for ultra low-cost PCs are trickling out. IDG News got its hands on what it says are Microsoft documents outlining the program for PC manufacturers.

May 12, 2008 by in Laptops

New Gateway desktops, more 64-bit Windows Vista

New Gateway desktops, more 64-bit Windows Vista

Gateway has overhauled its desktop line with new models ranging for the $550 budget DX series to the over-clocked FX gaming rig, which tops out at around $3,800. The most noteworthy part of the announcement is that several models (including some retail-only ones) are now available with the 64-bit version of Windows Vista.

May 6, 2008 by in Intel

Dell XPS 730 reviews: A Ferrari stuck in traffic

Dell XPS 730 reviews: A Ferrari stuck in traffic

Dell has released a new version of its top-of-the-line gaming desktop, and it is a major update. The XPS 730 series is the company's first gaming rig to come--in some configurations--factory over-clocked, and Dell says it is capable of playing Crysis, a notoriously demanding first-person shooter, at a resolution of 1,920x1,200 at 30 frames per second.

May 2, 2008 by in Dell

Lenovo's 11-inch laptop now available

Lenovo's 11-inch laptop now available

Lenovo announced today that its new 11-inch widescreen laptop for consumers is now available online.The IdeaPad U110 was one of three notebook models Lenovo announced at CES in January when the company rolled out its new consumer brand, which includes IdeaPad laptops, and outside of the U.

April 29, 2008 by in Laptops

HP, Lenovo join Dell in extending Windows XP

HP, Lenovo join Dell in extending Windows XP

Rumors of Windows XP's demise have been greatly exaggerated. I wrote about Dell's downgrade program in a post earlier this week. Now HP and Lenovo also plan to offer Windows XP to business customers after Microsoft's official cut-off date of June 30.

April 25, 2008 by in Windows

Green PCs from Dell, Asus

Green PCs from Dell, Asus

Looks like computer makers were inspired by Earth Day. And while plenty of PC prototypes never see the light of day, these eco-PCs should be on sale sometime later this year.

April 23, 2008 by in Hardware

Dell slims down its laptops for small business

Dell slims down its laptops for small business

As part of a bigger plan to increase the number of laptop models it sells by 50% his year, Dell announced today new designs for its Vostro laptops targeted at small businesses. New models include the 13.3-inch Vostro 1310 and a refresh to the 15.4-inch Vostro 1500 series.

April 14, 2008 by in SMBs

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