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Stupid Mouse Tricks with the Dell XPS13

I love my Dell XPS13.  It’s by far my favorite machine ?that Dell has created.  Prior to the acquisition of Compellent by Dell, I regularly used a MacBook Pro as my primary machine for both home and work.  I like using the Mac OS, but I found the hardware to be my favorite.  Battery life was better than most PC notebooks I had used, and "things just worked."  Although I used a Mac, most of my work was with Windows applications so I either made use of Parallels or VMware Fusion.  I had gotten used to the MacBook Pro trackpad and the use of gestures.  Being able to scroll with two fingers, click with one finger, or right-click with a two finger tap.  It made the trackpad much more enjoyable to use. read more...

OS Install Mode

I ran into a little problem today.  One of my test servers which has 4GB of RAM was giving me an error on boot.  This error indicated that I only had 256MB of usable memory. 

Well, low and behold, Dell has a setting in their BIOS called “OS Install Mode”.  When set to On, memory is limited to 256 MB to allow the installation of older operating systems that have 2 GB memory limits.   I had never heard of such a thing, but those servers run a lot faster with it turned off, especially when you have 4GB RAM! read more...