Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Simple Tips to Make Your Laptop Battery Last Long

Right at the moment you need your laptop for an important meeting, the battery is depleting and you can’t find an adapter to power it. There are ways in which you can stretch your battery power in the short term. To do this, you will need to activate the battery saver mode of the laptop. This will make adjustments to the settings of your laptop and convert the components into low power consuming states so that the battery lasts just a little longer.

Disable what you don’t need

Another step you would need to take is to disable or turn off components you don’t need. Anything that you don’t need like a drive, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth should be turned off to save battery life. You can go to the Device Manager in the Control Panel to do so. Multi-tasking, running many programs simultaneously heaps extra burden on your laptop or PC processor and draws extra power, so try and use one application at a time when you are short on battery life and have no adapter to charge the system.

You should charge batteries only to 80 per cent and then allow them to drain till they reach 40 per cent to prolong battery life by as much as four times. This advice of course has been contradicted because modern-day lithium ion and lithium polymer batteries don’t need you to be as careful. However, you should avoid plugging in at all times with the battery inside because constant power actually eats into the life of your battery, and heat causes cell expansion as well as bubbling.

Other simple tips to keep your battery in a good condition include making sure your laptop has been updated and defragmenting the laptop. Another way to save battery is to use solid-state drive or SSD that uses flash memory rather than a disk that spins. Some really easy solutions are adding some RAM or getting a power pack which can plug into your system much like a charger.

Battery maintenance

Maintenance of your battery is really important, and if your laptop has a battery that can be removed, you should ensure that the battery contacts should not be damaged or get dirty. You would need to clean the battery contacts with some cotton dipped in alcohol. However, if your laptop has a battery that has been sealed, you won’t be able to do the same. If your laptop isn’t in a good condition and you need one for immediate use, you could depend on computer rentals for your needs.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
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, July 28, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Simple, Time-saving Computer Tricks

Looking for some information on a web page and using the downwards arrow that scrolls quite slowly? It is a frustrating experience, but you can avoid it by learning some easy tricks that save both time and energy. How about using the space bar key to scroll through the page faster? If you hold down the shift key with the spacebar, you can scroll up the whole screen with one press.

Search faster

If you need to constantly log into an account, try using a password manager, which completes the details for you. It is also secure and you save time spent trying to key in the username and password. If you searching for something online, and have to type in the search engine’s url each time, you could avoid that and just type the search phrase or term into the browser bar. You automatically get results.

Also, when you need to search for something specific you vaguely remember was published in a website/online news site, you add “site:” to the specific domain, for instance, site:nytimes.com MH17.

If there’s a particular word you need to search on a web page or a document, you need to hit Ctril+F to type the word and you will get the results highlighted. If you tend to work in many programs simultaneously, maximising and minimising windows can waste a lot of time. It also lowers your attention spans, so the solution is to get another monitor.

It instantaneously makes it easy for you to get through your tasks. If you looking for monitors or computers for a business conference, you could always rely on computer rentals for the same.

Managing documents, programs, tabs

If you constantly use the same kind of documents, for instance invoices, you can save a document as a template, (for example, invoice template.docx) and reuse the part you want quickly, even as you save the original. If not, you tend to open a previous file of that kind (the invoice, for instance), edit what you want and then save it with a fresh name. But the trouble is you may accidentally retain details of the previous file in that.

Always make full use of the task bar. It is much easier to start a program that has been pinned to the task bar rather than look for it on the desktop or the start menu. If you have as many as ten tabs in your browser and you only need to focus on one thing at a time, all you need to do is click on the specific tab and drag it. It will get converted into a window of its own.

Monday, July 21, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Yoga - The Revolutionary Laptop from Lenovo

Find flexibility, a 1080p touchscreen, and fully rotating hinges in an excellent Ultrabook with Lenovo’s latest release in Yoga 2. Make the best of Windows 8.1 with this 13 inch laptop that acts as a tablet as well. Priced at $900, Yoga 2 Ultrabook by Lenovo is a wonderful hybrid option.

Great flexibility

Launched with innovative flexible hinges, the screen on this nifty device can rotate 360 degrees. Flip fold the screen back, or form a tent when using it as a tablet, on video chat, watching movies or playing games.

Technical features

With higher resolution than its 2013 predecessor, the 13 inch Yoga 2 holds a 1,920x1,080 pixel touchscreen. Built with a fourth generation Intel processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM which runs at 1600 MHz, at 500GB storage capacity at 5,400 rpm and 16GB SSHD, the 13 inch Yoga 2 also sports a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 4200U processor, QHD 3,200x1,800 resolution screen with 1792MB shared Intel HD 4400 Graphics card.

Fitted with 802.11n WiFi router, this laptop tablet holds 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 port respectively. Additional features include an SD card reader, stereo speakers, and Micro HDMI port. User friendly short keys to power shut down, volume rocker, and rotating screen lock enable better functioning in tablet mode.

Handy and portable

Around 0.7 inches thick, the body weighs in at 3.7 pounds or 1.7 kg, and is easily portable. An exceptional device for general use, this handy laptop when used as a tablet makes editing pictures, video clips, and playing games relatively easy and undemanding. The keyboard is backlit with an option to switch it on or off, while the touchpad supports multifinger gestures, and aids ease of swishing between windows and applications.

Battery life runs for about eight hours with basic online or general use and gives you around 7 hours and 15 minutes on video playback. Normal everyday use will get you around 6-7 hours of continued usage.

With top scores on mutlimedia multitasking tests, the 13 inch and 11 inch Yoga 2 models by Lenovo work brilliantly with media applications like music and image processors. The innovative option to avoid the keyboard heightens experience when watching movies or listening to music.

The integrated tablet is a great alternative for everyday use or even when traveling, an easy switch from laptop to tablet mode lets you continue working or keep engaged with applications when on the move. If you’re looking for a laptop rental, the Yoga 2 from Lenovo is a great option.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Macbook Air

Apple MacBook holds center stage with the latest version of Air known to run longer, faster and to cost less at the same time. Showcased at $999 in the US, the 13 inch 2014 release of MacBook Air is a good $100 less than last year’s model.

Features of 2014 MacBook Air

2014 MacBook Air, launched MacBook Air in April, houses a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, improved HD5000 graphics Haswell-generation CPU with the added benefit of 802.11ac WiFi, the latest in future wireless routers. With 4GB 1,600MHZ DDR3 SDRAM, and 128 GB SSD storage capacity, the 11inch and 13inch Air Books run on OSX 10.9.3 Mavericks operating system.

Sleek design

Set in iconic Apple style, the 2014 - 13 and 11 inch MacBook Air devices sport classic aluminum sleek bodies. As slim as 0.11-0.68 inches, the latest Air designs are thinner and lighter without having compromised on keyboard footprint. The unibody aluminum construction retains a majority of previous Air models released from 2010, till date.

Rigid, durable and dependable, the highlight of 2014 MacBook Air is it’s durability in design, even when subject to somewhat rugged and rough use. Features like the trackpad and backlit keyboard remain the same as 2013 models.

Equipped with multi-touch gestures, the trackpad continues to be the most comfortable, responsive, and user-friendly system available in laptops today. MacBook Air lends a seamless way to switch between personalized desktops, windows and applications with simple three-four finger gestures on the trackpad.

Display features

The 2014 Air trumps its predecessor in terms of higher resolution display in 1,440x900 pixels. The 11.6 inch Air model displays a 16:9 widescreen, unlike the 13inch version. Both models however, incorporate an antiglare coating that increases resolution display, and decreases mirror effect common to most laptops.

However, one of the key improvements in the 2014 Air model is its increased battery life. Several people would buy the 2014 Air solely based on its battery life, which runs to about 16 hours 26 minutes, on offline video playback. An impressive time to beat, the battery life on a 2014 Air models matches that of iPads or tablets. 

Although MacBook Air models released in 2014 are quite similar to the 2013 versions, they out perform their predecessors in battery life, portability and durability. With features on par with the latest iPads, chances more people opt for the convenience of an added keyboard in the 11 inch 2014 Air is high. Well suited for mainstream use, in addition to being incredibly travel friendly, the MacBook Air is also a great computer laptop option.

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Monday, July 7, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Advantages of Renting Computers for Small Businesses

Anybody who has made an attempt to start and maintain the functionality of a small business enterprise or a start-up would have come across several obstacles with respect to getting access to the latest technology available in the market.

Your entire investment money could be consumed in purchasing new-age computer technology and peripheral equipments, and this obviously poses a big problem for small scale businesses with limited budgets.

The good news for small business entrepreneurs is that there are a variety of useful alternatives available today apart from simply purchasing brand new computer systems for their businesses. The most common and popular among these alternatives is the concept of ‘Computer Rentals’.

How Can Computer Rentals Help Businesses?

There are several financial advantages of renting a computer instead of purchasing one. There is obviously an appreciable cut-down in your investment cost, added tax-saving benefits, and accuracy in budgeting with respect to monthly expenditures, to name a few.

There are other benefits of rentals as well. For instance, you have the option to rent a completely different set of computer equipment based on your new requirements, once your rental period is over and demands renewal.

It is definitely more pocket-friendly. You have no burden of disposing off your computer system when it no longer serves you (as in the case of purchased computers). In case of rentals, you simply have to give back the system to the rental service once you are done using it. With computer rentals, you are also presented with a wide variety of brands and equipment to choose from. Most good computer rental services will have computers and laptops of all the tops brands such as Dell, Lenovo, HP, Apple, Compaq etc that are available for renting.

Updated Technology for your Business

Companies often waste large amounts of money to update their computer systems to match the latest technological advancements. An easier option is to instead use the fund to invest in upgraded computer rental equipment. The value of computers is nearly nil at the end of a three year period, so owning an old system is not the most lucrative of positions to be in. Rental programs help you update your computer systems from time to time-be it short term or long term.

Installation and purchase of new computers can weigh down your administrative income and is also a complete waste of time and effort. This task is automatically undertaken by computer rentals. The programs installed by the computer rental company can simply upgrade your computer system without any hassles.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014
Author: Ken Scott

If you run your own business in Toronto or are planning to start one, you might be looking at meeting your technological requirements in a cost-effective manner. Every office today requires a basic set up with computers, printers and other related equipment. But this also calls for major investments from the business point of view. The good news is that there are a number of computer rental services in Toronto that could meet your short term technological needs in an efficient and cost-saving way.

These computer rentals offer clients a huge variety of brands for desktop computers or laptops that can be rented for a certain period of time. The plus point is that this equipment will be delivered to any specified location in Canada without any effort from your end. You also get to select your computer equipment from brands like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Apple etc. which guarantee good performance.

Technical Support


Clients are also provided with full staff support with respect to technical issues. This includes the entire equipment installation process and the download of customized software. The support staff also offers configuration support along with dismantling the equipment when it is no longer needed for use. The computers are usually available for rent on a daily, weekly, monthly or even a yearly basis. Computer rentals in Toronto are very common as they are simple, cost saving and yet extremely efficient ways to get a technological aid for your running your business. Their benefits for different types of staff training programs, client meetings and presentations and short term projects are especially notable.

Other Benefits

As mentioned earlier, Toronto has a number of computer rentals that provide affordable, reliable and good quality branded computer technology to meet different types of business needs. You could be a sole entrepreneur looking for a personal laptop or a large company looking to rent equipment for corporate travel purposes, all your needs can be met at these computer rental services.

They will also offer adequate consultation if required. Also, they have access to the biggest stock of computer equipment, ranging from desktops, laptops, workstations to notebooks. In fact a whole range of presentation equipment is also available at these computer rentals-printers, screens, displays and other miscellaneous equipment.

If your firm is planning on holding a conference anywhere in Canada, the staff from the computer rental company can help arrange network communication setups that will give your staff access to all kinds of information shared in the entire conference space.

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Monday, June 30, 2014
Author: Ken Scott

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 26, 2014
Author: Ken Scott
Computer Rental Services in Toronto

If you  are based out of  Toronto and carry out your own business or if you are part of a professional team in a company, you may like to consider computer rental services in order to meet your short and long term technological requirements. This means you would get high quality computer equipments for rent accompanied by consistent customer support services.

There are a number of good computer rentals in Toronto that provide a large  range of computers and related equipments from top brand such as Apple, HP, Dell, IBM and Toshiba. These rental services usually allows you to select the computer or any other equipment from their huge inventory. Choose the ones which best suits your business needs with regards to technological support.

Staff assistance is also  provided if the client is not sure about his or her specific technological needs or the right computer to pick for the particular business tasks. They not only help you pick the appropriate equipment but also guide you about various applications that you could get installed in your computer,  offering personalized solutions to every customer.

Rental packages and benefits

The fact that computer rentals are so popular can be accredited to the fact that it is a cost–saving solution. This is especially beneficial for businesses and individuals who have to meet technology needs for a short  period of time. All budgets are considered by these computer rentals whether one is looking to rent an LCD monitor for a professional show or simply a personal computer for an office space. There are value-for-money plans to incorporate different needs of customers.

Toronto-Business development hub

Toronto has often been acknowledged for its extensive growth in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. Businesses are fast expanding from this city to all across the globe and this naturally calls for networking and use of information technology. So,computer rentals are becoming extremely popular in the city to meet the various demands of entrepreneurs and professionals.

The students at the University of Toronto make frequent use of these affordable computer rentals for executing their class projects. A lot of companies in the city of Toronto also meet their staff training requirements by making use of computer rentals. There are options to check out the newest range of computers and laptops and this helps you to make an informed buying decision. You can also look at the lightweight computer variety if you are planning to take a business trip.

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Monday, June 23, 2014
Author: Ken Scott

The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 picks up from the design and build of the bigger IdeaPad Yoga 2 and is the latest convertible laptop offering by the company. The screen resting on a hinge can swing around in four different ways and it also comes with a convenient easy-to-use keyboard. Add to this, a long lasting battery and you have a pretty decent system working for you.


As far as hybrid convertible laptops are concerned, The Lenovo Yoga 2 11 is priced modestly. The design options include a dark silver or light silver exterior as well as Clementine orange. The matte silver finishing on the keyboard is noteworthy and is a good contrast to the dark-colored keys of the comfortable keyboard. The keys are convex in shape to make them easier to use when typing.

The single piece touch-pad is slightly smaller in size but responds well to multiple touch commands. The full-sized QWERTY keyboard  disappoints slightly with its small arrow keys.

The screen is  pretty solid which makes it quite easy to use when the laptop mode is on in the system. The system does not come with pre-installed  applications . Some of the installed apps include Accuweather.com, Evernote Touch, eBay, Kindle, Microsoft Office (Trial) and Zinio. Some Lenovo applications are also available for use such as Lenovo Companion, Yoga Camera Man among others.

Performance review

Lenovo Yoga 2 (11 inch )

The Yoga 2 11 has an Intel Pentium N3520 processor and a memory of 4GB. In contrast to the other hybrid laptops,  lot of high-level multimedia tasks can’t be carried out on the Yoga 2 11. However, you can do the usual photo and video editing if required.

The battery life of the Yoga 2 11 extends up to a good 6 hours 53 minutes. This almost gets you through your entire day and is much more than what is offered by the Satellite NB1 by Toshiba.

If you’re looking to buy an ultra-book class of laptops from the Lenovo family, but don’t require all the ultra-book functions and want to avoid the luxury cost, then you could definitely go for the Lenovo Yoga 2 11. But it is good to keep other less costly options such as the HP Pavilion in mind which has a trendier look and the same internal configuration and functions. Go for the computer rental option to check out the various features of this new laptop by Lenovo.