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Mac devotees have had the opportunity to experience no-frills computing with the Mac Mini for four years. Now PC purists have the chance to have a go too. The Inspiron Zino HD from Dell is just the thing if you already own a display, USB keyboard and mouse and don't fancy paying full whack for a whole new package. Available in 10 different hues (which each cost an extra £20), if you're willing to spend more than the basic £299 price, you can tart up this mini desktop computer and add a Blu-ray disc drive. Not bad when you consider the Mac Mini's starting price is £499, and the choice of under-the-hood additions means that you won't end up paying for any extras that you don't need. A handy buy if you're tempted to turn your living room into something approaching a multi-media hub without parking a PC on the sofa. Euro.dell.com/uk

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Dell nets Perots another billion

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Dell lifts its game with new netbook

Where Dell's first netbook entry into the NZ market, the Inspiron Mini 9 didn't set any hearts aflutter, its latest netbook effort, the Inspiron Mini 10 may cause some fibrillation, managing to both look great and strike the right balance between portability and usability.

Windows 7 will speed up PC sales, says Dell

Dell says that the US personal computer market has reached its low point but that the timing of a global turnaround in the technology industry remains anyone's guess.

Observations: Composer Martin Parker's headphone symphony

Putting headphones on the world was a terminally divisive act: locked into their own soundscape, each person is now an island. This is the premise on which East Neuk Festival, up in Fife, an hour's drive from Edinburgh, has commissioned three new works from composer Martin Parker, for the instruments on which they will be played are, quite simply, headphones. Festival audiences will be able to rent them and mp3 players, and take the music with them to listen to, in the places that inspired them: a harbour-side bench overlooking the bay at Elie, a holy cave in Pittenweem, and a leafy dell with spiritual overtones behind a church.

Struggling primary is transformed into pioneering eco-school

The 10- and 11-year-olds in Year 6 were shuffling into assembly, mumbling and muttering as they went, when suddenly a voice told them: "In my assembly you line up outside and I let you in – and get your hands out of your pockets."

Dell laps up praise for super-thin notebook

PC maker Dell is thumbing its nose at the recession, this week launching a new top-of-the line range of laptops which will cost UK buyers a minimum of £1,649.

Pandora: Rees-Mogg takes his cue from the 'Sun'

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the tweedy Conservative candidate for the new parliamentary seat of North-East Somerset, has been caught red-handed trying to rip off the Sun newspaper in his latest campaign leaflet.

Investment Column: Good results but be careful with Spectris

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Fast forward: Orders accelerate for £125,000 electrical car

The credit crunch is hitting the average punter hard but an order book of more than 120 for the electrically powered Lightning car, which costs around £125,000, suggests some people still have cash to splash.

Ireland's second biggest employer defects to Poland

Fears for workers as vulnerable economy is hit by defection of Dell

Dell to axe 1,900 jobs

Computer giant Dell is to axe 1,900 jobs at its flagship manufacturing plant, the company confirmed today.

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