Monthly Archives: November 2009

Attitude with Latitude – Dell Latitude Z

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Dell Latitude Z

I still have found memories of being a PC user back in the day. I thought I had mastered all of the unique settings from the control panel and prided myself with knowing the essentials that seemed to make life a bit easier for the IT department. I found it to be a great challenge that kept me entertained until one evening I could not connect to my wi-fi. It was maddening. Thank goodness for Dell’s phone support.

My old Latitude laptop was generic. A black model that was simple and non-offensive unlike other ugly models that obviously try too hard to look cool. When asked to make the transition from PC to Mac when I switched industries, I was a bit apprehensive. I actually liked the complexity of Windows and really hated the user-friendly reputation of Apple. I was so naive. The upside was the BEAUTIFUL look of Apple’s computers. It took a couple of months, but I then became a true Apple lover. The attention to details and the design alone provides a great streamlined look to any office. One of my most common recommendations for any desk is to select a computer that is well designed, and of course has the power to sustain the technological advances expected within the next few years.

Enter Dell’s new Latitude Z, the thinnest and lightest 16″ laptop on the market. Just over half an inch thick and weighing 4.5 lbs, the computer is equipped with several impressive features that make for a compelling argument for venturing back to the PC universe. With a soft-touch exterior finish, silky-touch backlit keyboard and a first-of-its-kind EdgeTouch ™ LCD sensor, the Z also provides quick scans of business cards and documents via the 2mp autofocus webcam. Finally, the PC is getting a sophisticated look that competes for the attention of design savvy patrons.

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Dell Latitude Z is the thinnest and lightest 16" laptop

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Scan using the integrated webcam

Dell’s Latitude Z starts at $1,999 and offers convenient upgrades like a solid state drive, 8gb RAM, and the latest integration of Windows 7. Check it out at www.dell.com.

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2010 – Pentagram’s Typography Calendar

Pentagram's large format Typography Calendar

I agree that some basic fundamental office tools remain a necessity despite the advances of technology (this seems to be an ongoing theme, right?) Yes, my entire calendar is on my computer and my iPhone, but I still like to look at a full size print for planning the upcoming week. I imagine that you might prefer the same. Please refrain from the cheap looking calendars you find at a local Hallmark shop. Even worse, avoid using the tacky calendars that come through the mail from local real estate brokers.

Try this out. Pentagram presents their annual typography calendar (annual…calendar, I’m feeling redundant) for 2010 featuring new and familiar fonts for each month. There is a subtle beauty within each month with the contrast of the black numbers on a stark white backdrop. The 12″ x 18″ size is great for a tack board above your desk. Or try the super size format that measures 23″ x 33″ for a bold statement on the wall. Here’s another suggestion. Buy a frame from Aaron Bros and frame the current month. It’s another one of those quick, cheap art tricks…and it’s functional.

Pentagram's calendar available for sale at KenKnight.com

If you don’t know who Pentagram is, I urge you to check out their web site. They were established in the 70’s and have been a design powerhouse ever since. I often refer to them as the international design think tank.

The 12″x18″ format is available for $30 (includes shipping). The 23″ x 33″ is $50. Buy directly from kenknight.com.

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