Three Years ago to the month I ordered my last notebook, a Dell Inspiron 510m. At the time I decided to be generous as far as hardware goes and tried to get good and plentiful components installed in the machine. A Pentium with 1.7 GHZ and 768 MB of RAM with a 60 GB hard disk, WiFi and a few more bells and whistles. Since I’m on the road a lot, I’ve been a bit lavish on components I ordered in the machine I’m waiting for: a Dell Latitude D830 with a 2 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB of RAM a 120 GB hard disk, WiFi as well as a built-in 3G card and all the usual other stuff, including 3 years of international NBD support and Complete Care, just in case I’m a Complete Idiot™ and drop it into a pool somewhere. D830 What is the point in mentioning this? Rounded off to the nearest ten Euro, both machines cost exactly the same. Moore’s Law applied?


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