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Bit-tech on the BBC

Posted on 11th Dec 2009 at 11:05 by Clive Webster with 13 comments

Clive Webster
The other night I popped over to the BBC’s Television Centre to record a discussion about how the PC is being seen less and less as a general-purpose machine and how people are buying computers for certain specific uses. The obvious example is the netbook – a basic computer that’s only good for a limited range of uses. The host and I listened to a guy from Dell explain what he thinks is happening to the demand from computer buyers, and what Dell is doing to address that.

The chat will be part of the Up All Night show on Radio 5 Live this Saturday. As the title suggests, the show is on fairly late in the night – between 1am and 5am – but you can always tune in later via the catchup site or BBC’s brilliant iPlayer if you’re in the UK. Either way, listen in and let us know what you think of what was said in the comments thread below.

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[PUNK] crompers 11th December 2009, 15:12 Quote
will definately be giving this a listen, you fellows seem to be getting a few calls from the beeb recently?
l3v1ck 11th December 2009, 17:54 Quote
Did you ask why they're called Netbooks, even though most Atom powered ones don't have the power to view the web (ie Flash) properly?
flibblesan 11th December 2009, 17:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Did you ask why they're called Netbooks, even though most Atom powered ones don't have the power to view the web (ie Flash) properly?

Really? Guess the netbooks I've owned must have been special as they had no problems with flash.
Psytek 11th December 2009, 18:11 Quote
Why would he ask that... dell don't make the atom... Intel does.
Spreadie 13th December 2009, 23:41 Quote
Took me a while to find it...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pbmmq/Up_All_Night_13_12_2009/

Near the end, around 3hrs 35mins

Bit of a shame that the interview with the guy from Dell took up so much of the segment, without actually saying anything.

It was nice to hear Clive giving Dell a bit of a slap for the muddy marketing of their product range.

I know that configuring your own machine on Dell's website isn't really of interest to CPC and Bit-tech readers, but I know someone who tried to do just that, got fed up, and eventually went into Curry's and bought a laptop of the shelf.
Xir 14th December 2009, 09:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Psytek
Why would he ask that... dell don't make the atom... Intel does.

Because Dell chose this processor to power their "Netbooks"
hardflipman 14th December 2009, 13:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by flibblesan
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Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Did you ask why they're called Netbooks, even though most Atom powered ones don't have the power to view the web (ie Flash) properly?

Really? Guess the netbooks I've owned must have been special as they had no problems with flash.

The Atom processor copes fine with pain old youtube stuff but fails miserably with anything higher definition like vimeo or other stuff. It's a constant source of frustration for me!
kenco_uk 14th December 2009, 15:42 Quote
Turbo mode on either the U100 or NC10 seems to do the job with flash-heavy sites. If the GMA950 could 'do' gpu accelerated flash, problem solved, but it relies on the Atom atm, which is lacking unless it's run above spec.
PegasusM 14th December 2009, 18:14 Quote
Nice job Clive!
Claave 15th December 2009, 18:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spreadie
Took me a while to find it...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pbmmq/Up_All_Night_13_12_2009/

Near the end, around 3hrs 35mins

Bit of a shame that the interview with the guy from Dell took up so much of the segment, without actually saying anything.

It was nice to hear Clive giving Dell a bit of a slap for the muddy marketing of their product range.

I know that configuring your own machine on Dell's website isn't really of interest to CPC and Bit-tech readers, but I know someone who tried to do just that, got fed up, and eventually went into Curry's and bought a laptop of the shelf.

Thanks for the link and the time index Spreadie!
Spreadie 15th December 2009, 18:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave
Thanks for the link and the time index Spreadie!

NP.

It was good to listen to, although you've some way to go before you can be a BBC whore of Alex's magnitude. :D

*runs away, wondering if Alex will delete his account
Sifter3000 16th December 2009, 16:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave
Thanks for the link and the time index Spreadie!

NP.

It was good to listen to, although you've some way to go before you can be a BBC whore of Alex's magnitude. :D

*runs away, wondering if Alex will delete his account

I would do, but I've got to go on the BBC this evening....

(I'm not even joking.......!)
Spreadie 16th December 2009, 19:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sifter3000
I would do, but I've got to go on the BBC this evening....

(I'm not even joking.......!)

:)

Gonna tell us why?

Gizza link.
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