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3000 Dell Employees May Get The Axe

Posted in Commentary with tags , on September 12, 2016 by itnerd

As part of Dell’s efforts to buy EMC, which closed on September 7th by the way, as many as 3000 people may no longer work for Dell when it is all said and done according to a  Bloomberg report. The report claims that Dell will seek out $1.7bn in cost savings in the next eighteen months. However, it also claims that it will seek to beef up sales by several times that amount, minimizing the need to thin the herd. If they have to thin the herd, it will likely come from the US and in roles including supply chain, marketing and general and administrative functions.

It will be interesting to see what this new Dell/EMC combo does to make this deal work over next year or two. My guess is that they will be doing anything possible to prove that this merger was a good idea. Even if that means that this merger isn’t as good for others. Employees for example.

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Dell Sells IT Services Unit….. At A Loss

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 28, 2016 by itnerd

Dell has announced it is selling its IT services unit to NTT Data of Japan for more than $3 billion. The question is why would it do that? The answer is to fund the purchase of EMC which I’ve written about here. Dell really needs cash and selling off parts of itself that it feels that it doesn’t need is a way to fund this $67 billion transaction. Though, I’d like to point out that they’re selling their IT services unit at a loss seeing as Dell purchased it for almost $4 Billion just a few short years ago. That makes this move seem like one of desperation more than anything else.

 

Dell Tech Support Scam Suggests That Dell Has Been Hacked

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 8, 2016 by itnerd

A new twist on the fake tech support scam calls which I have written about on two occasions is apparently out in the wild. This one seems to target owners of Dell computers and included very specific information to lull you into falling for the scam. I’ll let someone who got one of these calls tell you about it:

Scammers pretending to be from Dell computers phoned me in November — but these scammers knew things about me. They identified the model number for both my Dell computers, and knew every problem that I’d ever called Dell about. None of this information was ever posted online, so it’s not available anywhere except Dell’s own customer service records. (Even my e-mail account is secured with “two-step verification”…)

Now if you read the rest of this post, a Dell rep says they’ve been hacked. Though the author thinks that they’ve contractors for Dell who are running a scam. What’s more is that Dell’s own forums say that this has been going on for almost a year now. Regardless, the M-O is the same as other scams of this type. The scammers get you to give them remote access to your computer, and then they go to town on it stealing anything they can while charging you a pile of money in the process. Now the FTC has shut down an operation like this recently. But one has to wonder that’s truly the case.

This is downright scary and I am surprised that Dell isn’t warning owners of their computers about this scam. One has to wonder what other sorts of information that these scammers have access to. In the meantime, no software or hardware company will proactively phone you to repair your computer. Ever. Thus if you are a Dell owner and you get one of these calls, hang up.

Dell Pulls A Lenovo And Makes Their Computers Vulnerable To Attack [UPDATED]

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 24, 2015 by itnerd

Clearly Dell was not paying attention the stupidity that Lenovo has been caught doing over and over again. I say that because Dell has fessed up to putting on a piece of software on their laptops that leaves them open to attack. What’s worse is that the software in question has been there since August 2015. Here’s what security researcher Brian Krebs had to say on this:

At issue is a root certificate installed on newer Dell computers that also includes the private cryptographic key for that certificate. Clever attackers can use this key from Dell to sign phony browser security certificates for any HTTPS-protected site.

Translation: A malicious hacker could exploit this flaw on open, public networks (think WiFi hotspots, coffee shops, airports) to impersonate any Web site to a Dell user, and to quietly intercept, read and modify all of a vulnerable Dell system’s Web traffic.

Lovely. That really makes on run out to buy a Dell laptop. To their credit, they are going to fix this. But one has to wonder why anyone at Dell thought that including the private and public keys of a certificate installed on laptops that they sell was ever a good idea.

UPDATE: The news has just broke that two more self signed certificates have been found on Dell laptops. It isn’t as bad as Dells self signed certificate, but it shows that Dell’s QA is clearly asleep at the switch.

Dell To Buy EMC For $67 Billion

Posted in Commentary with tags , on October 12, 2015 by itnerd

A blockbuster deal has been announced in the tech world. Dell is going to buy EMC for a staggering $67 billion. Why would Dell do this? The Globe And Mail has an explanation:

The acquisition will help privately held Dell diversify away from a stagnant personal-computer market and give it greater scale in the faster-growing and more lucrative market for managing and storing data for enterprises.

“Dell wants to become the old IBM Corp, a one-stop shop for corporate clients. That model fell apart a couple of decades ago. Reviving it would be a stunning coup for Dell,” said Erik Gordon, clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Dell will get EMC’s enterprise storage as part of the deal which many companies who haven’t migrated to the “cloud” use. Plus it gets an interest in VMWare which is a company owned by EMC that makes virtualization software. You’ll excuse me if I seem skeptical if Dell can pull this off without finding some way to screw this up. After all Dell spent a pile of cash to go private and that was far from a painless process. But I guess time will tell if this is a win for Dell or wasted money.

Dell Releases New Tablets And Pulls The Plug On Windows RT

Posted in Commentary with tags , on October 2, 2013 by itnerd

This is going to suck if you’re Microsoft.

Dell has kicked two new tablets out to the world. Called the Dell Venue 7 & Venue 8, they’re Intel Atom based tablets with 7″ or 8″ screens that run Android. You read that correctly. They don’t run a Microsoft product. Not much is known in the way of specifics beyond what I’ve stated, but they’re due to ship in October. There’s also a Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro tablet that runs Windows 8.1 and Office Home & Student 2013 and are slated to be “coming soon.”

But that’s only half the story. The other half of the story is that Dell has killed off its Windows RT Tablets according to CNet:

Neil Hand, head of tablets at Dell, on Wednesday said his company won’t be releasing a new Windows RT device to follow up its product from a year ago.

“We are not planning to refesh our current line of RT products,” Hand said at a Dell tablet and PC launch event here. “We’re really focused on full Windows products…The full Windows experience provides great capability.”

That seems to be another nail in Windows RT’s coffin. That does lead me to a question. Is anyone other than Microsoft making a Windows RT device?

Dell Shareholders Approve Taking Company Private

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 12, 2013 by itnerd

It’s done and dusted. News.com is reporting that Michael Dell has won the vote to take the company private:

Under the terms of the deal, Michael Dell and Silver Lake will commence a $25 billion buyout of all the remaining shares the investors do not own. The sum is made up of a sale price of $13.75 per share, as well as a 13-cent special dividend. Dell initially offered $13.65 per share.

And:

In a statement on the vote, Michael Dell said that he was “pleased” with the shareholder vote, adding that the vote will now allow his company to move forward to “serve our customers.”

Of course this would not have been possible had it not been for Carl Ichan throwing in the towel. The deal will close at the end of fiscal Q3. The various regulatory parties will have to approve this as well, but that should not be a problem.