Ed Burnette

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Ed Burnette has been hooked on computers ever since he laid eyes on a TRS-80 in the local Radio Shack. Since graduating from NC State University he has programmed everything from serial device drivers and debuggers to web servers. After a delightful break working on commercial video games, Ed reluctantly returned to business software. He currently develops enterprise software for Android phones and tablets.In his copious spare time, Ed writes and speaks about all kinds of technology and software. His most recent books include the Eclipse IDE Pocket Guide from O'Reilly and Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform from the Pragmatic Programmers.

Ed Burnette is a Manager of Mobile Development at SAS. However the postings on this site are his own and do not represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of his employer.

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Buy a Dell, get a Wii

Buy a Dell, get a Wii

A friend of mine recently decided to buy his kids a Wii for Christmas this year. After trudging to four different stores only to find "Sold out" signs, he gave up and ordered one from a guy on Craigslist for a "slight" premium.

December 14, 2008 by

Dell Ubuntu Linux has arrived

Dell Ubuntu Linux has arrived

Late yesterday Dell opened the floodgates of its grand consumer Linux experiment by offering three systems with Ubuntu Desktop Edition version 7.04 pre-installed. The cheapest systems are a $599 including a 17" flat panel display on the desktop, or 15" wide screen on the laptop. Here's a look at the detailed configurations of each one, plus info on the revamped options they provide for do-it-yourselfers that want to install their own OS.

May 24, 2007 by

Dude, you're getting Linux!

Dude, you're getting Linux!

Responding to intense customer demand, Dell will offer home and office machines with Linux pre-installed, and work with its hardware suppliers to develop, test, and maintain free software drivers.

March 28, 2007 by

Dell customers demand Linux on new customer feedback site

Dell customers demand Linux on new customer feedback site

This weekend Dell launched a new customer feedback site with digg-like voting called "Dell IdeaStorm". After only two days, it already has >25,000 votes for pre-installing Linux on Dell PCs. So much for Dell's argument that there is no customer demand for Linux!

February 19, 2007 by

Blu-ray drives only $1 more than HD-DVD

Blu-ray drives only $1 more than HD-DVD

The conventional wisdom was that while Blu-ray might have the edge technically, HD-DVD drives are far cheaper. Once again, I put conventional wisdom to the test and find something that might surprise you.

December 16, 2006 by

Apple vs. Dell part deux

Apple vs. Dell part deux

Given the great response to my article yesterday comparing prices for a high-end notebook from Dell and Apple, many of you requested I take a similar look at a more affordable configuration. The target audience for this configuration will be the "road warrior".

December 4, 2006 by

Apple vs. Dell price war

Apple vs. Dell price war

In the market for a new computer? This is a great time to buy with prices down and power up. How do two similarly equipped high-end Dell and Apple models stack up in terms of price? The answer may surprise you.

December 3, 2006 by

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