Whenever you read about the business benefits offered by the Cloud, the most commonly mentioned is cost-savings. And that is, obviously, a fundamental attraction to companies that want to reduce their spend on IT. But it is far from being the only major benefit.
The desktop PC is dying out. Most homeowners are switching to laptops or tablets for their everyday needs. The bulky monster no longer has a place in the house. Laptops are now powerful enough to take care of most daily tasks. They handle everything from surfing the internet to keeping accounts to storing photos.
However, when it comes your business, a laptop or tablet won’t always cut it. Especially if you’re in the multimedia industry or a web developer. A laptop is also no good if you’re a serious gamer or have a hobby that requires some large computer power. In these cases, more and more people are turning to custom PCs. The custom PC business is thriving because many off-the-shelf models don’t quite provide the power.
A custom PC doesn’t have to mean building your own machine from scratch! It typically means choosing each component specific to your needs. It was once an expensive practice but it is becoming more affordable. In some cases it won’t cost much more than buying the newest model. So who benefits most from a custom PC?
Thanks to Pablo Bigatti for the image.
Photo and Video Editors
Photo and video editors need to store thousands of photos and hours of video footage. With cameras now capturing the highest possible pixel rate, each photo can take up huge storage space. They’ll usually need to install two hard-drives. One should be a solid state drive (SSD) for added space and backups.
Solid state drive are perfect because they are faster and more reliable than normal hard drives. They load up faster which means they use less CPU. This can free up more processing power for software. Processing power is key when using Photoshop and movie editors. You need a lot of power to edit high resolution images quickly and efficiently. They’ll need to make sure they have plenty of RAM too. If they begin to run out of memory space, the software will begin to eat up hard drive space in its place.
Finally, they’ll need a great custom monitor to display the full beauty of the images they have captured. They need to see every detail and the tiny changes they make in post-production.
Music producers require a custom PC for most of the same reasons outlined above. Memory, processing power and backups. However, they will also want to install a custom sound card. Your average PC comes with a sound card but it will not be powerful enough. A music producer will want to translate the highest possible quality of sound. They won’t want to lose any detail from the instruments onto the computer software.
Gamers hate to have their gameplay interrupted by long loading times, glitches and lagging. They need the fastest possible processing power on a dedicated gaming machine. Gamers will also require extremely powerful graphics cards. Displaying every beautiful pixel will put a strain on the average graphics card so a custom model is a must.
Replacing your old desktop with a custom model is a great idea if you have very specific needs. They are perfect if your software uses a lot of processing power or you need the highest possible quality output. If you think you could benefit from a custom PC, speak to a specialist and you can begin tailoring your perfect machine.
I do, fondly. I had the Nokia 3210 and I loved it. I think I had around 3,000 different covers for it:
Ah yes many many hours spent playing snake ‘just one more time’… On an even less serious note, check out the infographic below that I found whilst trawling for images of old phones. It was created by Big Brother All Security and is bang on the money.
When I received an email into my inbox daring to challenge my knowledge of cloud computing (sort of…) I was forced to confront a little fear of mine. Yes I know exactly what it is, and I think I know the basics… However computing in the cloud is one of those (rare) things that I don’t know everything about.
So for those of you like me that want your information in neatly packaged chunks like infographics, today is your lucky day. Thank you to Net Technical Solutions in Surrey for your time.
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If you operate from an office, you’ll want to ensure your team have the best-possible equipment available. That is the only way you’re going to stay ahead of the competition and make a decent profit. Failing to keep abreast of all the latest advancements could result in dire consequences. If your competitors can complete a job in half the time it takes you, they’re going to be far more productive. Considering all that, we’re attached an infographic to this post that you might like to check out. Before you do that, let’s take a look at some of the most-essential new tech items.
You will have seen lots of articles about this on the internet as Google has been talking about their latest product a lot over the last few months. Smartglass will allow your employees to keep on top of things, no matter where they might be in the world.
In much the same way, a smartwatch will allow your team to check on their documents and correspondence when not in the office. They can send emails and perform all the standard tasks that would otherwise do from their computer.
Ensuring your staff stay in the best health is essential. The last thing you want is for them to have lots of days off sick due to a bad back. Treadmill desks will help to combat that issue.
We hope you are learning a bit here today. As we said at the start of this post, you should look at the infographic to find out more.
Infographic By UK.Insight.com
The digital age has brought many improvements for big businesses. Helping to streamline practically all parts of the company, technology continues to advance and open up new opportunities. If you want to make the most of your business, below you’ll discover the most essential technology you need to invest in. From digital packaging print to social media and online data storage; there are many options open to you to expand and improve your company.
Digital printing – Creating a flexible packaging solution
Digital printing has really taken off over the past few years. Producing exceptional results every time, it is known to cut costs and keep important clients/customers happy. Not only can digital printing be great for advertising, it can also have benefits for your company’s packaging too by using digital packaging print . A digital printer can print onto practically any material. This allows you to add your company logo and produce high quality labels, shrink sleeve and flexible packaging.
Online data storage
Data storage is one of the biggest challenges big companies face today. As more people move to online browsing and ordering, the amount of data is quickly increasing year by year. As reported by Sage, the explosion of data is set to have a pretty big impact on businesses. Therefore it makes sense to start taking action now.
There are plenty of online storage options available and The Cloud is by far one of the most popular. However, big businesses need to be careful when choosing The Cloud. There are two options available and these include public or private. The public Cloud is free, while the private Cloud is a paid service. It is vital that you pay for the private storage due to data confidentiality laws. The free public Cloud is not completely secure. So unless you want to find yourself on the wrong side of the law, be sure to invest in a purely private data storage system.
Strong social media presence
The benefits of social media for big businesses have been widely known for the past few years. However, if you really want to keep your customers happy and drive in new traffic, you need to have a strong social media presence. This means having fresh content uploaded to your social media pages frequently. If you don’t have the time to do this yourself, it would be a good idea to outsource a professional to do it for you. Customer comments and feedback will need to be answered promptly so you need to make sure somebody is accessing the accounts every day.
A good tip as featured on O2, is to ensure you don’t constantly talk about your company. Mix it up a little and add interesting facts and posts regarding recent events and issues.
These are just three of the top technology big businesses should be using. Making the effort to keep up to date with the latest technology will really pay off. Focus on technology that enhances customer experience, lowers your overheads and makes your business life easier overall.
Buying a printer for your business can be a confusing task. You start off thinking you can just go ahead and buy any old printer. But then it turns out there are different types with different functions. Some could save you money, and others could have you wasting money you can’t afford to spend. So which printer type is right for you and your business? There are several things to consider when you choose a printer, including how much you’ll use it and what you’ll use it for.
Monochrome Laser and LED Printers
These simple printers are best suited to businesses with low print volumes. If you usually print black-and-white documents with simple straight lines, a monochrome printer could be just fine for you. You can use one to print spreadsheets, documents and other plain-text items. But if you need something that can handle more complicated work, you’ll need to go a step up from a monochrome printer.
Color Lasers and LEDs
If you need a color printer, a color laser or LED printer is an option, but it may not be the best one. Laser and LED printers struggle to produce good quality images when it comes to printing photos or other color-heavy images. It’s difficult to get a clear and smooth image on most laser and LED printers.
Inkjet printers produce a much better quality print when it comes to photos and printing lots of color. If your business prints colored pages, inkjets are better suited than laser or LED printers. Some in inkjets can even print on specific materials, such as canvas, t-shirt transfers and CDs or DVDs. These functions are useful if you want to produce marketing materials with a difference. If you print in color, it’s essential to try and get a quality, low-cost print. Use printers from Ricoh London, and similar high-quality printers, instead of the cheapest printer you can find.
How Many People Will Use the Printer?
A personal printer is only suitable if you will be the only one printing from it. If there are more people in the office that need to use the printer, you need an ethernet or wireless connection. Work out how much printing your office will need to do per day, so you know how much the printer will need to be able to handle. You also want to make sure that it can hold enough paper so that you’re not continuously reloading the tray throughout the day.
Some printers perform more than one function, such as photocopying and scanning on top of printing. These extra functions may be extremely useful to some offices, but would be a waste in others. If you only want to print documents, there’s no need for the other functions. But they can be useful for digitizing or making copies of hard-copy texts or sending documents to other people.
If your business prints large volumes every day, you will need to look at more heavy-duty printers. Alternatively, you can outsource very large volumes, so you don’t have to handle the printing.
You’ve seen on TV how they make mega factories and gigantic machines – now a new online film shows how LEGO Technic shrank a giant Volvo wheel loader into a miniature model.
A new video from LEGO® Technic shows the lengths the world’s largest toy maker’s design team were prepared to go to in order to perfect their latest mini marvels.
With 1,600 individual pieces and the largest individual element ever created for the brand, the remote-control Volvo L350F wheel loader can lift more than 1kg in its bucket and drive over challenging terrain day in, day out – just like the real thing.
LEGO’s hands-on research
The film talks to the development team behind LEGO Technic’s biggest machine for 2014 – from both LEGO and Volvo – charting their passion for getting their latest model as close a representation of the real machine as possible. It also follows LEGO® Technic’s Niels Henrik Horsted, head of marketing and design manager Jeppe Juul Jensen as they conduct hands-on research, visiting the Volvo factory and a construction site and operating a L350F themselves.
“We tried to make it as realistic as possible, so it drives, steers and lifts the load just like the real thing,” says Jensen. “You can also remove the oil filters, the radiator-door swings out, pistons move and the engine is painted green, just like in the real thing.”
The meticulously detailed and fully remote control Volvo model LEGO 42030 is available from LEGO Shop and all participating retailers.
It may be a hopelessly outdated, obsolete, low resolution image format, but the way people use GIFs probably encapsulates net culture more than anything else.
From reactions and memes to highbrow art, GIFs have come a long way since 87a.
GIFs were originally invented by Steve Wilhite while working at Compuserve as a lossy image format that allowed fairly large images to be downloaded in a relatively short time, even on the painfully slow modems of the time.