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Best Bang for Your Buck – Inspiron Desktop



At $829 the redesigned Dell Inspiron Desktop is a marvelously capable machine for any and all multitaskers. Packed with a 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700 Processor, 8M Cache, up to 4.00 GHz, Windows 7 Professional 64bit and Windows 10 Pro License, this desktop can easily handle your biggest computing needs. In addition to a super speedy processor the Inspiron comes equipped with a 2 TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive, with plenty of space to store thousands of family photos, documents, games, applications, movies, with room to spare. The new Inspiron Desktop offers powerful and reliable performance to be shared with your family in the living room or kept all to yourself at the office. In addition to the impressive specs and sleek design, is 5.1 channel sound professionally tuned by Waves MaxxAudio® Pro for a truly immersive entertainment experience. Stay connected with the latest integration of WiFi and Bluetooth technology. For the game lovers, parents, or even the technological challenged, having easy connection to devices such as tablets, TV’s and larger displays for video streaming and casual gaming is a must! This desktop comes with convenient access to VGA, HDMI out and 6 USB ports, you know, in case you don’t have enough.




Dell Inspiron




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Mandatory SonicOS Firmware Upgrade for your Sonicwall Firewall

Issue Summary
In the past, Dell SonicWALL used industry standard 1024-bit certificates. To comply with Certification Authority/Browser forum requirements based on NIST Special Publication 800-131A, as of January 1, 2014, all web browsers and Certification Authorities (CAs) will no longer sell or support 1024-bit RSA certificates. Certificates with less than 2048-bit key length will need to be revoked and replaced with certificates of higher encryption strength. All current Dell SonicWALL firewalls use versions of SonicOS firmware with the 2048-bit security standard. Recent updates and upgrades of SonicOS firmware use the industry standard and recommended 2048-bit certificate. This is an urgent notification that on January 1, 2014, all web browsers and Certification Authorities (CAs) will no longer support 1024-bit RSA certificates. This change is not driven by Dell SonicWALL, but rather a decision by Certificate Authorities to enforce the use of highly secure certificates. Certificates using the 1024-bit key length will be revoked and must be replaced with certificates of higher encryption strength. If you own a Dell SonicWALL firewall with an older firmware version that does not use 2048-bit certificates you must upgrade the firmware to the latest version or the minimum General Release version which includes the 2048-bit certificate as listed in the Firmware Upgrade Table below by December 31, 2013. Dell SonicWALL is providing the minimum firmware upgrade to all customers regardless of support contract status.

How does this issue affect me?

If you own a Dell SonicWALL firewall with an older firmware version that does not support 2048-bit certificates, the firewall will NOT be able to get real-time license information or the latest security services updates from our back-end systems. Existing security services on Dell SonicWALL firewalls that use 1024-bit certificates will continue to block previously-known threats, but the lack of updates may expose the protected network to new threats and exploits. In addition, you will NOT be able to activate and renew security services.

How can I tell what firmware version is running on my firewall?

Follow these steps to find the firmware version running on your Dell SonicWALL firewall.

  • Log into your Dell SonicWALL firewall
  • Click on “System” in the left-hand navigation
  • Look for “Firmware Version” under the “System Information” heading

What actions do I need to take?

Dell SonicWALL strongly recommends upgrading firewalls running older firmware to the minimum General Release version indicated in the table below. The table lists the affected Dell SonicWALL products and the associated minimum required firmware versions. All General Release versions of the required minimum SonicOS version for your appliance(s) are available on MySonicWALL.com.

Note: Active support is not required to download the minimum General Release version of the firmware listed in the Firmware Upgrade Table below.

When do I need to do this by?

If you have a Dell SonicWALL firewall that does not support 2048-bit certificates you must upgrade the firmware on the firewall by December 31, 2013.

How do I upgrade the firmware on my firewall?

Firmware must be upgraded on your Dell SonicWALL firewall(s) to the latest firmware version or the minimum firmware version as listed in the table below. The latest or minimum required General Release firmware can be downloaded from the MySonicWALL.com Download Center. The following Knowledge Base articles will guide you through the processes for downloading and upgrading the firmware on your firewall.
How to Download SonicOS Firmware
How to Upgrade SonicOS Firmware with Current Preferences on a Dell SonicWALL Firewall

What firmware version do I need to upgrade to?

Follow these steps to determine the required firmware version for your Dell SonicWALL firewall.

  • Find your firewall model under the “Dell SonicWALL Firewall” column.
  • Determine if your firewall is running one of the versions listed under “Currently Running Firmware.”
  • Check the “Minimum Required SonicOS Firmware Version” to see if an upgrade is required. If it is, you will need to upgrade to at least the minimum required version listed in the right-hand column of the table.


Dell SonicWALL Firewall Current Running Firmware Minimum Required SonicOS
Firmware Version
NSA E5500/E6500/E7500/E8500/E8510
NSA 240/2400/3500/4500/5000
TZ 210/210W
TZ 200/200W
TZ 100/100W
5.3.x.x – or older or newer Upgrade not required or newer Upgrade not required –
NSA 2400MX – or newer Upgrade not required
TZ 205/205W
TZ 105/105W – or newer Upgrade not required
PRO 4060/4100/5060 Enhanced or older Enhanced
PRO 2040/3060 Enhanced or older Enhanced Standard or older Standard
PRO 1260 Enhanced or older Enhanced Standard or older Standard
TZ 190/190W Enhanced or older Enhanced
TZ 180/180W Standard or older Standard Enhanced or older Enhanced
TZ 170/170W/170 SP Enhanced or older Enhanced Standard or older Standard
TZ 170 SPW Enhanced or older Enhanced
TZ 150/150W/150W Rev B Standard or older Standard
Product models not affected by this certificate issue include:

  • SuperMassive 9200/9400/9600
  • NSA 2600/3600/4600/5600/6600
  • NSA 250M/250MW
  • NSA 220/220W
  • TZ 215/215W

Dell’s “Project Ophelia”

Another product that seems to have grabbed some attention at this year’s CES is Dell’s 3.5-inches long by 1.5-inches wide device that they named “Project Ophelia”. Dell is attempting to have a release date set for sometime this summer and will cost under $100.

While its size is quite small it claims to pack a lot of punch doing a lot of work through Dell’s PocketCloud. There are 2 usb ports on the device designed for a keyboard and mouse on this thumb size “computer” of sorts. You can utilize the USB the device has and plug it into your computer at home or you can use the MHL port allowing users to convert and computer or TV monitor to a computer. One downfall to that is MHL is roughly four years old and only a handful of companies offer it in their products.

Personally once this type of device becomes a little more fine-tuned it may turn out to be a handy thing to own, but until then I see it as just another small gadget to loose. It seems like a great concept but if you don’t have the right set-up you’ll be using a computer anyways or have to carry around a mouse and a keyboard which defeats its purpose. The team here at BVA will keep our eyes on “Product Ophelia’s” next step and we will see where it goes.


HP Touchscreen Is Impressive – TouchSmart 310

I had a client here recently request a notebook that they needed to be a touchscreen for their sales people via purchase orders and presentations.  We did some research and found some cool products that could fit their needs.  As a consulting firm its crucial that we look at all alternatives.  BVA does not always have the capability of trying out first hand all the models available but in many cases free test models are provided.  The HP TouchSmart 310-1000z pushes touchscreen use to the next level. This is the fourth version of  HP’s touchscreen technology.  The TouchSmart 310 retails for $1,159.  HP is normally pretty good about providing test models to lab with, such as HP, DELL, and Motorola.   The all-in-one touchscreen desktops fourth version of the TouchSmart interface intelligently replaces the vanilla Windows 7 interface with a touch-oriented playground that finally shows normal people what you can do with touchscreens on a PC.  While a base version of the TouchSmart 310 can start as low as $700, this upgraded version hits the sweet spot between savings and performance. The unit has a black plastic design with a speaker bar beneath a 16 by 9 screen and a webcam above the screen.  The 310 breaks a little from tradition by providing a shelf under the screen to store the wireless keyboard. The system has a good tilt mechanism, so you can find a comfortable position while computing.  The computer has a 20-inch widescreen with a 1,600-by-900 resolution.  The desktop comes with a 1TB, 7,200-rpm drive, which is great for downloading. Live TV is integrated into the system’s Windows 7 Media Center software.

Removable Disk Drives vs. DVDs and USB Drives as Archive and Backup Media

Removable Disk Drives vs. DVDs and USB Drives as Archive and Backup MediaThe benefits of using high-capacity removable disk cartridges are clear when compared to alternative media such as tapes, DVDs, and USB drives.  Rugged, removable disk media such as the Dell PowerVault RD1000 cartridges are very durable, built to withstand a fall from nearly one meter.  They are also small and lightweight and can be easily stored off-site for better disaster recovery protection.

The drives themselves, when ordered with a Dell server, add only about $200 to the cost.  External drives, which can be connected to any server or workstation via USB, are only about $30 more.  The removable disk drive cartridges are typically available in 160GB, 320GB, 500GB and 640GB native capacities.  With data compression, a cartridge can often backup twice that amount of data, or more.

An archived collection of disk cartridges takes considerably less shelf space than a similar amount of DVDs or CDs — it would take 36 standard DVDs to hold the volume of a single 320GB removable disk cartridge.  This solution is also easily expandable – if you outgrow the 320GB cartridges, for example, just start using 500GB cartridges.  There’s no need to buy a new drive, and you can still read the files archived on the smaller cartridges.

Combined with the backup software best suited to your needs – such as Symantec Backup Exec, Acronis Backup and Recovery, or the backup software native to Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7, removable disk cartridges provide easy-to-use backup and disaster recovery capabilities to protect files, as well as all user data to help provide faster restores and reduced downtime.

Windows Mobile 7 Phone Launch

Effective November 8, 2010 Microsoft kicks off the release of Windows Mobile 7, adding to the number of Exchange-ready phones available to the Business World. Pre-release reviews have been mixed, but even the most negative reviews I’ve seen, seem to see this OS as a serious player.  Initially on devices from AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint will also have phones, shortly into the next year. Phones will come from manufacturers LG, HTC, Samsung and Dell.  For more information on Windows Mobile 7, got to http://www.windowsphone7.com/.

To learn more about our launch lineup, check out the Windows Phone site (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/buy/7/phones.aspx)

If you would also like to check out some mobile apps for the phone you can take a look at this site as well (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/apps/default.aspx)

Can You Print Wirelessly From an iPad – Process for Printing Wirelessly Using an iPad – Hewlett-Packard Printer Integration With iPad | BVA IT Consulting Blog

Apple announced that the company is releasing the beta version of its AirPrint wireless printing for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, a key component of Apple’s iOS 4.2 software update, illustrates the extent to which the ability to print wirelessly is being taken by hardware and software developers alike. Although Apple’s products don’t find their way into the offices of small to medium size businesses nearly as often as brands such as HP, Dell and countless others, the capability to print wirelessly, particularly from your mobile device, is becoming of greater importance.  Apple announced Hewlett-Packard printers would be the first to support AirPrint with compatible devices to include HP Photosmart, Officejet Pro and LaserJet Pro series ePrint-enabled printers. However, HP offers its own line of printers offering Bluetooth wireless technology, and many more HP printers can be upgraded to support Bluetooth with the purchase of the HP bt500 Bluetooth Adapter. HP notes on its mobile printing Website that while many phones no longer require any further steps, some phones require users to pair their devices prior to printing for the first time.