I celebrated my recent promotion (to BMI Silver) by ordering a brand new Dell computer running Windows Vista (Premium) and proudly attaching the tag to my suitcase.

I then spent hours ensuring I had secured the cheapest price possible and placed the order at 23:12 on Sunday night. Yesterday afternoon, I received a call from Dell confirming delivery for Thursday (at an unspecified time somewhere in a 10 hour window between 08:00 and 18:00).

So it appears that the assembly line at Dell is either very efficient or currently has spare capacity. If you hold stock in Dell and are hoping for better results this quarter, don’t hold your breath.

Reminds me of the old joke about the Manchester City fan who calls Maine Road

‘Eh mate. What time’s kick-off tonight ?’

‘Dunno - what time do you think you can get down here ?’.