Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Things to Consider While Choosing a VPN service for your PC

If you require your data to be protected, the most likely solution you would have been given is to install a VPN. The VPN is a virtual private network and works by providing a channel between the internet and your computer, which provides anonymity online and encryption of data. When you have a VPN, there’s a buffer which is a server that comes with an IP address.

If you are working on a PC or laptop that is not at home, and are using a lot of Wi-Fi at public places, there is just no way for you to know how secure the network is. You could be traveling a lot with a PC/laptop rented from a computer rentals company, and want your data safe. That is when you use the VPN service; there are several such  free services available, although the paid ones are faster.

Things to consider

Some of the VPNs block torrents so if you are planning to use the service for torrents, you should check that first. The VPN should be able to function on all your gadgets and not just the PC. Another aspect to consider is if the service has any limits on bandwidth.

You would want a network that has no limits on bandwidth. Before you get a service, you should also check on their privacy policy; does the VPN retain records of usage? If they keep logs and you are uncomfortable, you should research well before opting for a service. Also, make sure where the servers of the VPN providers are located. If the physical/geographic distance between the server and your PC is huge, the downloads will be slower. It is ideal to choose a service provider closer to your region.

There are four well known VPNs, including point-to-point tunneling protocol (PPTP), layer 2 tunneling protocol and internet protocol security (L2TP and IPsec), secure sockets layer (SSL) and openVPN.

PPTP: Not a very secure VPN step, but it is a good step from where you can start your VPN exploration.

L2TP and IPsec: Safer than PPTP, but are more complicated when it comes to setting them up.

SSL: VPN method which is more trustworthy and dependable than PPTP, L2TP or IPsec

OpenVPN: An open source system that is secure, free, and has no connection troubles.

If you need a VPN system that is more dependable than all of the above, you could try a VPN router. If you are seeking VPN just to safeguard your internet activity while on a public Wi-Fi, you could subscribe to a VPN service provider. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Easy Guide to Backing Up Files on Your PC

The golden rule when you are using a laptop or a personal computer is to always make sure your files are backed up. Fortunately, that’s quite easy and all you have to do is use certain backup programs. You could back all the data from your PC to online services for storage that are available easily.

With a little research online, you can choose a service that supports most of your devices and download the app provided by the service so that you could have a mirror of the files you have on the local PC. Most of the cloud based file sharing and transfer services are free, but if you want some serious storage options, you could even buy extra space.

External storage

Another simple option when it comes to storing or backing up files is to use an external hard drive. You could pick hard drives that work on wireless or wired networks, depending on your needs. The USB is one of the common interfaces when it comes to storage; most gadgets from your laptop to your PC to practically every other communications device have USB ports to transfer data. The most basic of USB drives are inexpensive and ideal for backups.

You could choose a drive that doesn’t need power supply. Also, if you need more connectivity, you could use a hard drive that don’t just dish out files to your PC, but also to your TV, tablet and consoles. You could get yourself a network attached storage drive. Set-top boxes also double up as storage devices that are network connected, so you can stream videos and watch movies.

Wi-Fi storage device

Another option is to get yourself a Wi-Fi storage device which has a battery and radio, and can be linked up to your laptop. If you are using a laptop that you have rented from one of the computer rentals for a brief while, using storage devices or cloud service becomes all the more pertinent, because the computer is not yours. You could also use the inbuilt File Recovery toll or File History tool so as to create an image of the system and a recovery CD or a flash drive.

You could use the Backup option to save your important data on a weekly or fortnightly basis onto the hard drive. In general, to reduce risk of losing data, you could have three copies of your crucial data by using a combination of all the methods listed above, ie, if you are particularly paranoid.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Encrypting Data on Your Computer

Encryption of data has gained importance in the wake of data leaks in top firms and the insecure world we live in. Encryption is not necessarily useful only for companies, it is also beneficial for individuals considering the amount of information we store on the cloud.

If you are using a laptop from a computer rentals firm, encryption becomes all the more important, especially when you use thumb or USB hard drives or use the Internet to share important data related to your research, for instance. Encrypting data on your hard drive is fairly easy; there are some applications that you can enable if your computer has Windows 7 (Enterprise or Ultimate), Pro, Vista or Windows 8 Enterprise version.

Some other applications don’t need your PC to have these requirements; choose one that is ideal. A good open source application allows you to create a ‘disk’ on the computer that feels like a typical disk on the PC. The same applies to the USB or thumb drives too.

VPN is very important

The most important encryption could be when you need to protect incoming and outgoing Internet traffic. This is particularly true if you are using a Wi-Fi network in a public place such as an airport where a hacker can easily hack into data that leaves and enters you laptop. You need a virtual private network or VPN to encrypt your Internet data. The VPN helps create a tunnel that is secure and leads to a trusted server which is a third party one.

If you use a file sharing network, you should know that the service encrypts data you share for you. However, they have the power to decrypt your data as well, under certain circumstances. If you want another layer of protection for your files in the cloud, you could again use an encryption software that can be installed in your cloud service.

Outlook and Office files

Email on your Outlook can be encrypted as well; it is not based on passwords but on receiving digital certificates which decrypt or encrypt messages automatically. Users would need to share these certificates before sharing messages that are encrypted. If you want to send mails that nobody else but your recipient can receive and read, you can use a browser-based application for encryption.

If you Office 2010 or 2013, you can encrypt any document by going to File – Info – Protect Document. Then click on Encrypt with Password. This applies to Excel, PowerPoint or Word. You can use the same method to encrypt your PDFs as well.

Monday, June 30, 2014

When working in huge multinational companies or when running your own business, we all often face situations when the staff and the equipment, both fall short in terms of productivity. The increasing workload-presentations, documentation and filing,  call for a more flexible and convenient work method.

Printer rentals are a one stop solution to help you in all your documentation printing, so that your work stays uninterrupted even in the most stressful situations. Renting printers actually ends up saving high investment expenditure to meet some short-term needs of the business.

Need for printer rentals

Printer Rentals

No business today can function even one day without producing huge amounts of documents for projects, presentations, recruitment, training and so on. While most of these needs can be met within the office space, there are times when things can get out of hand. Such short term situations and events call for immediate external help. Some of these scenarios could include the following:

  • Peak periods when there is sudden escalation of  workload like open employment, court cases and getting quarter ending reports ready
  • Important events and occasions including conferences, trade shows, seminars and meetings
  • Short-term requirements such as execution of construction projects or meeting needs of temporary office spaces
  • Support required for your revival strategy when faced with emergencies such as flood, fire or earthquake

Benefits of printer rentals

Boost your employee productivity: You could enhance the skill and capabilities of your employees by renting fast and easy-to-operate printers and copiers. Most of the printer rentals offer a huge range of scanners, copiers, printers, both in terms of quality and budget, to their customers. Printers are available in both black and white as well as colored printing options. Your employees will be able to utilize these printers to produce all documents required for various business needs.

Meeting various business needs: Whether you are looking to grow and expand your business or simply looking to meet some short term targets-  (which require a lot of documentation printing), printer rentals provide suitable solutions for all business purposes. These printers are available for rent in different price ranges which suit all budgets.

Cost and tax saving: Several businesses consider leasing a printer/ photocopier based on a fixed term agreement a very cost efficient way to meet printing requirements and this brings down the initial capital expenditure along with the cost of maintenance. There are also tax-saving benefits to be considered when deciding on a rental agreement over purchase of printing machinery.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014
MSI GT70 2PC Dominator

If you are looking for a laptop for a great gaming experience, the 17-inch MSI GT70 2PC Dominator might be the one  for you. Equipped with the most recently introduced hardware by Nvidia, this laptop comes with a keyboard that can be customized. It also has a Blue-ray disk drive. There are some drawbacks, for instance the lack of support from a touch-pad for the perfect Windows 8 user experience. However, it is still a very appealing option for gaming lovers and comes at a very modest price.

Design features

 People who have already used MSI’s laptops in the gaming category previously, might find the MSI GT70 Dominator very similar  in its design with respect to the other laptops. The laptop comes with a trendy keyboard which is well designed by SteelSeries.

Several back-lighting colors are available with options of setting any rainbow color of your choice. The keys are easy to use with just the right amount of depth and the touch-pad support is reasonably good too. It has distinct buttons for left and right navigation but the option to ‘swipe’, which is a basic feature of Windows 8 navigation, is absent.

The screen is 17.3 inches wide and offers a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels. The reflectivity and strain from the screen is greatly reduced by the matte finishing. The colors of the display are pretty good as well and the screen viewing is very comfortable even though there is no option to exercise the touch function. However, this is very common among gaming laptops. Last but not the least, there are two speakers fitted on the 2PC Dominator along with a sub-woofer built into the system.

Performance review

The GT70 2PC Dominator has an Intel Core i7-4800 (quad-core) processor. There is a memory RAM of 16 GB and it definitely is a strong performer in both the arenas of gaming and other productive functions.

As far as the multimedia performance is concerned, the Handbrake was completed by the laptop in 32 seconds and it took 3 minutes and 17 seconds for a Photo-shop function. This was quite a good speed  for video and photo editing functions even at a slightly professional level.

The battery life test for the GT70 2PC Dominator was not exactly thrilling as it lasted only for 3 hours and 19 minutes. Even though this was a better performance than laptops such as the EON 17 by Origin but it’s not as good as some of the other laptops in the same range. Get in touch with computer rentals to check out this laptop if you’re a gaming lover!

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Monday, June 16, 2014

The ultraportable Toshiba Portege R30-A1302 boasts of an Intel Core i7 processor alongside a high-speed solid-state drive (SSD).  What makes it even better? It comes with a battery life that lasts all day long. This makes it perfect to qualify as a powerful business laptop. Not much can be said about the remainder of the system that is pretty average and nothing beyond the ordinary.

Design review

The Portege R30-A1302 has sort of an old school design and looks a bit chunkier when compared to other ultrabooks that come in much sleeker designs. It's a just over one inch thick at 12.4 by 1.04 by 9 inches (WHD). However, it is quite a light machine weighing just about 3.18 pounds.

Toshiba Portege R30-A1302

The frame of the Toshiba has large side panels that provide room for full-size ports - VGA, Ethernet, ExpressCard and have enough room left. There is provision for a DVD burner and also an SD card slot, three USB ports and a headset jack.

You can enjoy the multi-touch touchpad experience along with a pointing stick when using this device. Below the keyboard, you will also find the mouse buttons as how they are usually placed. The keyboard claims to be spill-resistant and has a slight sponge-like feel to touch.

Machine performance

The device comes with a dual-core Intel Core i7-4600M processor and integrated Intel HD 4600 graphics. The memory is a good 8GB. It takes a matter of seconds to boot the system. The system's SSD is the reason it scored 4,727 points on PCMark 7. AS far as performance at the multimedia front is concerned, Portege beat its rivals-the Dell e7440 and the two Lenovos.

The ultraportable cleared the battery rundown test with flying colors lasting a good 9 hours 20 minutes which was much more than the Lenovo T440s and Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch. However, when compared to the MacBook Pro which has a battery life of about 11 hours and 26 minutes, it still lagged behind by a few hours.

The device is appealing with respect to its features and model design. It gives the user a lot of relevant features such as the DVD burner, ExpressCard etc in a very simple easy-to-use design framework. But it falls short in its appeal when it comes to the $1,600 price which is almost the same as that of ultrabooks which come with a touchscreen of much higher-resolution. Computer rentals are a great option if you would like to check out this new machine by Toshiba!

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Monday, April 21, 2014
Video Camera

Audio-visual equipment basically includes a wide array of equipment used in various events that require recording, sound playback as well as visual presentation. So, any piece of device that supports these activities is considered as a useful piece of audio-visual equipment.

Types of audio-visual equipment that can be rented

Video Cameras: One of the central components of audiovisual equipment are video cameras. Renting video cameras for an event enables a person to record all the highlights and even document the entire event which can later be presented to or viewed by people. There is ease of recording when you use portable video cameras that are easily available for renting and they also offer a variety of settings for recording.

Audio Equipment: Almost all presentations and videos are backed by sound. In fact in certain situations, as in the case of a class lecture, sounds becomes the most crucial aspect of the recording process and is an important technological concern. A major part of the different components of audio-visual equipment is constituted by audio equipment. These include a variety of devices such as amplifiers, speakers, monitors, PA systems and many more.

Broadcasting and Playback Devices: The general purpose of recording an audio-visual document is to present it or view it at a later time. So, playback devices become an important component of audio-visual equipment. Broadcasting and playback devices include televisions, monitors, projectors, screens and so on. DVD or VCR players that are separate playback devices can also aid the task of broadcasting or viewing.

Computers: The versatility of use offered by computers makes them an important component of audio-visual equipment. Tasks such as editing, recording, re-recording, sound editing as well as presenting can easily be done with the help of computers. New and updated software regularly being introduced in the market for audio-visual professionals makes a lot of tasks get easily done on computers

Additional Equipment: The range of audiovisual equipment can be extended to include several other kinds of devices given that they contribute to the recording or broadcasting process for an event. For instance, cables of different types are one such example of miscellaneous audiovisual equipment. They help in connecting electronic devices and are  listed as part of audio-visual equipment.

For that matter podiums with attached microphones are also an important component of audiovisual equipment.

Renting audiovisual equipment for an event is always a good idea as you get to pick the components you exactly need as per a particular event’s requirements.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Here are three servers that outperform various other brands in their price category. They all have extremely varied features, of course; so the list is for those who are having a difficult time choosing what they need for their businesses or homes. Compare prices, features and utility of three very different models.

Synology DiskStation DS212j

Synology DiskStation DS212j

This NAS is extremely compact, and is about the size of a small shoebox. Do not let the size fool you though, for the driver manages to pack a substantial functionality for its stature. The Synology DiskStation is sold without any hard drives. The device has a dual drive bay which supports RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD configurations.

This is the perfect server for those looking out specifically with something small in mind. There are other variations of the model that are available as well. The device runs on the DSM (DiskStation Manager) OS, which is very user-friendly. The installation process of the same is also rather simple, as it comes on CD with the NAS.

Even this grade of server has the capability of supporting Windows, Linux and Mac files. Remote file-sharing is an available option. To save you space, you can connect your system to the cloud as well. You can even download updates for the device on the Internet. The DiskStation is very competitively priced and stands at around £150.

Buffalo TeraStation Pro TS PVH12TL/ R6EU

This is one beast of a server. Among the best of the high-end servers available, it is fairly priced at a little over £900. The device uses the Intel Atom CPU with 2 GB of RAM and 1.66 GHz processor speed. This model of CPU is becoming increasingly common due to the excellent quality it brings to the table. Apart from this, the TeraStation is packed with excellent systems allowing it terrifying speeds. Additionally, it supports RAID 0 through 10, and JBOD too.

QNAP TS 219P II

Coming with a price tag of about £250, the TS 219P has similar in specifications to the Synology server. While the model does not support disks, it can handle a set of drives. The CPU runs at 2 GHz, on Marvell Kirkwood MV62682. The system can also hold 512 MB RAM DDR. Having 3 USB ports, being RAID compatible, and supporting JBOD are simply hygiene factors of the system.

Try these models out at the nearest server rentals before you choose the one that suits your needs.

Friday, April 4, 2014
Audio Visual Systems

It is very important to have an audio-visual system to make events lively. Whether it is a party, performance or a show, an audio-visual system can help you in retaining the attention of your audience.

However, there are certain aspects that discourage people from buying a sound system, for example its price. An audio-visual system normally comes with speakers, screen, a mixer and other equipments which eventually, cost a lot. Nevertheless, there is a simple solution to this problem- renting an audio-visual system from a rental company.

Services provided by audio-visual rental companies

As a customer, you have to take note of certain things. You must check the number and types of services offered by your audio-visual system provider. These rental companies offer a lot of equipment at their showroom, so you can make you pick according to your needs and budget.  

The rental companies not only provide the audio-visual equipment to the customers, but also ensure that all the equipment is delivered to the required place in time. In most cases, the rental company will also provide you with a technician who will stay at the event to make sure that all the equipment work well and are connected properly. The technician will also give you a run-through of how the equipment works and how it should be handled.

Cost-effective

The best part about renting an audio-visual system is that it is highly cost-effective. If you intend to purchase the equipment, you may have to invest a lot. Once the event gets over, the equipment may be of  no use to you. So, instead of buying the audio-visual system, it is best to rent the equipment from an audio-visual system rental company.

The company will charge you based on the length of the event and the type of equipment that is rented. Different rental charges are applicable based on the systems used. This cost will however, be just a fraction of the total amount, if you were to purchase it. Imagine the amount of money you can save on a long term by renting audio-visual equipment instead of purchasing it and turning it into a dead asset.

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Friday, March 28, 2014
LCD Monitor

Due to the huge dependence on computers these days, people are now finding ways to enhance their overall computer experience. One of these ways include renting out LCD monitors for their CPUs and desktops from computer rental companies. There are many reasons why people are choosing LCD monitors over CRT monitors. Here is a brief overview of LCD monitors and why they are beneficial for individuals and businesses.

Features

LCD or Liquid-Crystal Display monitors are flat panel, electronic displays that uses the light modulating properties of crystals to create high quality visuals. LCDs are commonly used to display arbitrary images which can be hidden or displayed such as digits, 7-segment displays and preset words. These images are made up of a large number of tiny pixels that come  together to create a visual element. LCDs are commonly used in televisions, displays and computer monitors.

Benefits

The first benefit is that LCD monitors use less energy in comparison to the standard CRT monitors. Due to its low power consumption, LCD monitors are used for battery-powered equipment such as laptops, CPUs and televisions. Most LCD monitors are now built to look smaller and thinner while weighing half as much in comparison to CRT monitors.

This makes it easier for the user to mount the LCD on to a wall or on a desk top with little or no hassle. The liquid-crystals in the monitor produces clear images, which puts less strain on the eyes. Texts and images are displayed much clearly when compared to other monitors.

Popular LCD monitors available for rent

There are a number of LCD monitors made these days with many high-end brands such as Samsung, Apple and HP creating a bulk of them. The HP Pavilion 27xi is one of the most popular LCD monitors used by both businesses and individuals. Its In-Plane Switching and color-rich technology allows the user to view images and texts in high-definition without any distortion or blurs.

The maximum resolution the user can obtain from this monitor is an astonishing 1920x1080, which is not even seen in many television sets these days. Acer's V173 is a sleek, 17-inch LCD monitor that can display images in a 1280x1024 resolution. This particular LCD monitor consumes less energy and takes up only 100V. Its flat panel allows the users to view crystal-clear images without any issues such as blurring or flickering.

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