Dell laptop batteries love to blow up!

Dell laptop batteries love to blow up. Actually the batteries are manufactured by Sony, but overheating the batteries is what is causing the explosions.

In the latest news, Dell is recalling 4.1 million laptop Li-ion batteries. If you have bought your laptop between April 1, 2004 and July 18, 2006, you may be eligible for a replacement “safer” battery.

The affected models are:

Latitude series: D410, D500, D505, D510, D520, D600, D610, D620, D800, D810
Inspiron series: 6000, 8500, 8600, 9100, 9200, 9300, 500m, 510m, 600m, 6400, E1505, 700m, 710m, 9400, E1705
Precision series: M20, M60, M60, M70, M90
XPS series: Gen2, M170, M1710
You can apply for your battery replacement at the Dell Battery Return Program web site.


Google Sends Legal Threats to Media Organizations

Google is annoyed that some organisations are using the word “google” as a verb. They have sent warniing letters to these organisations and terming it as “trademark issues”. Wow, I thought one of the reasons Google became popular was because of word of mouth. At this time, they really do have some sense of humour (maybe lack of it).

To google or not to google? It’s a legal question
Search engine’s sense of humour crashes as it fires off warning letters over use of name as a verb

By Stephen Foley in New York
Published: 13 August 2006

Search engine giant Google, known for its mantra “don’t be evil”, has fired off a series of legal letters to media organisations, warning them against using its name as a verb.

In June, Google won a place in the Oxford English Dictionary, while “to google”, with a lower case “g”, was included last month in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, America’s leading reference book.

The online service WordSpy, meanwhile, defines “google” as: “To search for information on the Web, particularly by using the Google search engine; to search the Web for information related to a new or potential girlfriend or boyfriend.” This is also what pops up first if you type “googling” into Google.

But the California-based company is becoming concerned about trademark violation. A spokesman confirmed that it had sent the letters. “We think it’s important to make the distinction between using the word Google to describe using Google to search the internet, and using the word Google to describe searching the internet. It has some serious trademark issues.”

But although an attempt to protect the company’s trademark, the letters have raised snickers after they were leaked on to the web. Bloggers have been making fun of the examples Google’s lawyers deem acceptable. They included: “Appropriate: I ran a Google search to check out that guy from the party. Inappropriate: I googled that hottie.”

Web veterans have also been taken aback by Google’s suddenly humourless approach. The eight-year-old company has previously cultivated an image of youthful non-conformity, from the jeans and T-shirts often worn by its billionaire founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, to the scooter lanes and volleyball courts at its Palo Alto headquarters.

Eyebrows may be raised, too, in the publishing and media industries, which are worried about Google’s encroachment on their intellectual property via itsGoogle News pages and its plan to put every book ever published on to the web.

Search engine giant Google, known for its mantra “don’t be evil”, has fired off a series of legal letters to media organisations, warning them against using its name as a verb.

HP Announces Support for Debian Linux

This is apparently the first time a major hardware maker embraces Linux. Not surprising since Debian is the best for servers.

HP Announces Support for Debian Linux

HP, Palo Alto, California, says it will support Debian Linux on its ProLiant and HP BladeSystem servers, and what it says is the industry’s first Debian Linux customizable thin client from a major vendor, the new HP t5725 Thin Client server.

HP is supporting Debian because it has been shipping Debian Linux servers to customers in the fields of telecommunications and high-performance technical computing, said Jeffrey Wade, open source and Linux marketing manager at HP’s offices in Houston. HP’s involvement with the Debian dates back to 1995, he said.