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Alien technology lands on my doorstep


In general, I really like my job. I get to read, write, and think about technology and computers and gadgets and all that --- topics I find interesting and engaging. And then every once in awhile something comes along that really gets me going. The item on this occasion is an Alienware notebook. It's the Aurora m9700 with two 256 MB nVidia GeForce Go 7900 GS SLI graphic cards in it. My first impression --- as the guys on the Dodge Ram commercial say --- SWEET!

This is not your CEOs notebook. It's big, it's bad and it kicks you know what. Over the next few weeks, I'm going to put it through its paces by using it to write, edit, run spreadsheets, access databases, surf the Web, and, of course, to play games.

In fact, I played World of Warcraft on it last night in a sort of dry run. It performed magnificently. I turned up all the settings and played the game for about an hour and I was not disappointed. SLI video technology is absolutely wonderful. World of Warcraft never looked better.

Today I have loaded Office 2007 Beta, Skype (there's a built in camera), Half-Life 2, and Call of Duty 2. I've also created an initial photo gallery so you can see what comes in the Alienware box.

Look for more pictures, blog entries and a more formal review later on this month.

Here's a link to the company information on the Auroa m9700.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

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