As a big buyer of Dell computers, UTMB participates in a program for employees that allows them to take advantage of some additional discounts and incentives on Dell laptops and desktop PCs. It’s new hardware, not old recycled machines—pretty much the same stuff you’d buy from Dell if you visited their web site or ordered from one of their catalogs. They offer deals and discounts to us on a regular basis; I’ll start posting them here. Are they good deals? They seem to be, and I’ll probably take a close look at what they’re offering when I go to replace my family’s home computer this summer. I’ve had good luck with the Dells I’ve used at work, including a laptop that’s seen hard use for 3 years and proven nearly indestructible. But I still plan to shop around. My disclaimer: I’m not personally advocating these products, just making you aware of the offer. Don’t call me if your hard drive crashes. wink. Get info on the promotion good through June 6, 2007: Dell Employee Purchase Program (.pdf, 194 KB).