Monday, April 16, 2018
Backing Up Your Rented Computer

Renting computers is a great way to supply your business with the desktops or laptops it needs at a fraction of the cost of buying them. Before you turn in the rentals for an upgrade, or simply want to return them because they’re no longer needed, you’ll want to be sure that all your business files and applications are backed up and the data wiped off the rental’s hard drive.

The importance of backing up your rental computer can’t be over-stressed. For businesses, it’s more than just inconvenient if vital documents are lost due to a computer crashing or malware.

There are three main ways to back up your rental computer. They are:

CDs and DVDs

Using CDs or DVDs are a common way to back up computer data. It’s effective and inexpensive, however, you may need several disks to back up all your files and applications. This method can also be time-consuming, as you must select individual files to download and you’ll need to label each disc as to the content it contains so that retrieving specific data when you need it won’t be a problem.

External Hard Drive

An external hard drive is one of the best ways to back up the data on a rental computer and it’s an inexpensive and easy option. All you need do is to connect the external hard drive to one of the computer’s ports and transfer all your files to it.

Once that’s done, you can disconnect the external drive and store it in a safe place or keep it connected to the computer and continuing filing all your business documents and projects directly to the external drive. That way, if the rental computer crashes or you simply want to switch to a new computer, nothing will be lost and there will be no need to wipe the rental’s hard drive. You’ll only need to connect the external drive to a new computer and continue with business as usual.

Secure Online Server

Another good way to secure your data is to use an online data storage service, such as the cloud. Once a connection between the computer and the server is established, you can initiate the upload.

For a relatively small amount of data, one of the free storage sites may be enough. However, for larger amounts of information, a fee-based data storage site is a better option. Your access credentials will allow you to connect with your data any time and from any computer with an internet connection.

Risk Factors

Many risk factors can threaten your data, among them:

  • Malware
  • Theft
  • Human error
  • Physical damage
  • Sudden failure

Malware

Malware is a term used to describe a range of malicious programs that includes viruses, spyware and adware, any one of which can threaten your computer and data. Data can be stolen, deleted or rendered inaccessible, depending on the severity of the infection. Your entire computer could even become unusable. Data backup will let you safeguard important business files from such an eventuality.

Theft

If you’re computer is ever stolen, there’s no hope of ever retrieving your data. Regularly backing up your files to the cloud or an external hard drive will protect them.

Human Error

Loss of data isn’t always caused by outside sources. We’re all prone to making mistakes and accidently deleting or changing an important file can happen. Having a backup of your files can save them from human error.

Physical Damage

Computers are delicate machines. Dropping a laptop can damage it and make retrieving files impossible. Even simple wear and tear over time can cause it to stop working. In case of an accident, you can transfer your files to a new computer or laptop, so long as they’ve been backed up.

Sudden Disastrous Failure

A computer can suddenly stop working at any time and for seemingly no reason. The only way to protect your data from something you had no way of predicting, is to back it up using the method of your choice.

Back Up Every Few Days

Whatever data storage option you choose, it’s important to back up your files every few days during the rental period. That way you won’t be scrambling to back everything up at the last minute before returning the rental computer. Important files could be overlooked in the rush.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
An open computer with wires boards being fixed.

Few computer problems are more vexing than when your computer won’t even start. Often there are hardly any clues and too many reasons why a computer won’t turn on. Add to that the fear that something expensive needs to be replaced and you may rightly feel stressed.

Most people fear that all of their data is gone forever when their computer won’t start. A piece of hardware may have failed or be causing a problem but that hardware isn’t usually with the hard drive, the part of your computer that stores your files. Your music, documents, emails and videos are more than likely safe, if unavailable at the moment.

There’s a good chance you can figure out what the problem is and get your computer up and running again. The following troubleshooting guide applies to all PC devices and may help you to fix a computer that won’t turn on.

Fixes for No Sign of Power

If your computer won’t turn on and shows no sign at all of receiving power, (fans, lights), it’s rarely a worst case scenario. Try these steps:

  • Make sure you’ve turned on every power switch and power button
  • Check for disconnected power cable connections
  • Plug your computer directly into the wall, removing any power strips, battery backups or other distribution devices between the computer and the wall outlet
  • Plug a lamp into the wall outlet you use for your computer to verify that the outlet is indeed working
  • If you’re using a desktop, check to see that the power supply voltage switch is set correctly. If the input voltage for the power supply unit doesn’t match the correct setting for your country, the computer may not power on at all
  • For a tablet or laptop, remove the main battery to see if it will run without it. If it does, you need to replace the battery
  • Check the power receptacle on the laptop or tablet for broken or bent pins and bits of debris that might be preventing it from getting power. You may need the services of a professional to fix anything more that’s wrong with the receptacle
  • Replace the computer’s power cable or AC adapter – a common reason why tablets and laptops won’t turn on. This isn’t a common problem with a desktop but it does happen
  • If your computer is more than a few years old, you may need to replace the Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) It’s a battery-powered chip that provides start up information like Hardware settings and costs very little to replace
  • The power button may not be properly connected to the motherboard
  • In most cases, related to a desktop that’s not receiving power, a faulty power supply is to blame. It will need to be tested and replaced, if necessary. However, an ozone smell or very high-pitched noise in combination with no power at all is a sure sign that the power supply is bad. Unplug the computer immediately.+50

Computer Turns on Then Shuts Off

If your computer is turning itself off before the operating system loads, it may be anything from an electrical short to a serious hardware issue. Try these steps:

  • Check to see that the power supply voltage switch is set correctly (see above)
  • Inspect the inside of your computer for issues that can cause shorting. It’s very important not to miss a simple electrical short or you might replace costly hardware unnecessarily
  • Test your power supply
  • If the power button on the front of your computer's case is shorting out or even just sticking, replace it
  • Reseat all internal data and power cable, memory modules and any expansion cards. (Reseating means to unplug or remove something and then plug it back in or reinstall it) Although the keyboard and mouse are rarely the problem, unplug and reattach them as well.
  • Start the computer with essential hardware only to see if it stays on. If it does, reinstall each piece of nonessential hardware, one component at a time and test to see if your computer comes on to see what hardware is causing the problem
  • If your computer continues to turn itself off with nothing but essential PC hardware installed, a POST (Power On Self-Test) card will help identify which piece of remaining hardware is to blame.

PC Comes on but Nothing Happens

If your PC comes on but you don’t see anything on the monitor, try these easy troubleshooting steps:

  • Make sure the monitor is turned on
  • Check for disconnected or loose monitor power or data cable connections
  • Make sure that your computer is coming on from a completely powered-off state
  • Turn the monitor’s brightness and contrast settings all the way up
  • If it still doesn’t work, get help!

The Blue Screen of Death

A STOP error is when your computer starts to load Windows but suddenly stops and displays a blue screen with information on it. It’s more commonly referred to as the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) and is a common reason why a computer won’t turn on.

  • If you just made a change to the computer, such as installing a new program, there’s a good chance that this change caused the BSOD
  • Undo the change using Last Known Good Configuration or System Restore, or Roll Back the device drive to a version prior to the update
  • Scan for viruses
  • Ask a techy friend for help
Monday, June 8, 2015
Linux

Technology, in recent times, has become a core part of all business related operations. So much so, that companies spend considerable amounts of money, time and other resources in order to ensure the proper setup of a technological infrastructure. This move towards a technology centered business and work environment only continues to expand and grow as time passes.

OS X Yosemite

As a business yourself, you probably put in a lot of effort in setting up your IT infrastructure as well, or maybe, you are in the process of doing so. You've probably noticed that one of the most major concerns about setting up a proper IT infrastructure was or is finding the right operating system (OS) for your systems. The most obvious choices would've included either the Apple OSX or the more common Microsoft Windows. But, there is and has always been another player in the game. A dark-horse by the name of Linux. If you haven't considered trying or switching to this OS, here are reasons why you should.

Cost-effective

The term 'cost-effective' wouldn't be the right term to describe the budget friendliness aspect of Linux because the fact is, the OS is absolutely free. All you have to download it from the company website and install it onto your systems. This is obviously a huge advantage, considering the facts that it’s rivals are quite expensive, especially the OSX operating system from Apple. Plus, Linux is also open-source, which means you get to do what you want with it. You can customize or modify it to suit your requirements.

User friendly

Though this was not the case earlier, Linux has changed a lot since its initial arrival. The system is just as easy to use as any other major operating system. It uses standard Unix commands and has a layout that is almost the same as any other commercial Unix based operating system. Though, the average user might find the dependence on keyboards too much to handle, it's a small price to pay for the flexibility and power that comes with Linux.

Those who are particular about a Graphical User Interface can always opt for add-ons such as Kubuntu and ZorinOS.

Security

Being an open-source platform, Linux has dedicated communities revolving around its development. Everyday, these communities work towards providing the latest bug and security fixes. On the other hand, popular OS options such as Windows and OSX depend on their parent companies to come up with security patches, which aren't always regular.

Low-resource requirement

Linux depends on minimal resources to operate and therefore, rarely faces performance issues. This isn't the case with an OS like Windows, because as systems get older, they become unable to support its high-resource requirements.

Thursday, May 14, 2015
OS X Yosemite

When it comes to computerizing your workplace, there are a lot of complex and confusing decisions to be made. One of those decisions is to choose the right kind of operating system for your workstations. Each operating system comes with its own set of strengths and weaknesses.

You will have to find one that would suit your operations and overall business better. In this scenario, it would be ideal to look at all your options and test them against your requirements. Here are the top OS options available in the market for you to take a look at.

The Big 2

Though there are more OS options available, the 2 most popular and widely used options include Windows and OSX and therefore, our comparisons will be limited to these options. To start off, we will take a look at Windows first.

Windows: Microsoft's Windows is the staple operating system for more than half the organizations around the world because it is highly flexible and compatible with multiple programs and software. This high level of flexibility and compatibility comes in handy, especially, if your organization has to constantly collaborate on work or share files with clients or other businesses.

Windows is also quite user friendly, which means you won't have to spend considerable amounts of money or time trying to train employees. In fact, windows is so common that most of your employees probably know their way around it.  Speaking of the flexibility mentioned earlier, Windows can be used with multiple hardware options giving you the freedom to pick and choose only the components that you would require.

Coming to the drawbacks, the truth is that windows has many. One of the main issues with windows is security. This OS has a wide list of viruses and other computer infections that it falls victim to on a regular basis. The other issue is that of hardware and software maintenance. Owing to the large number of software and hardware options available for Windows, not every configuration can be tested officially. This results in a lot of configuration problems and eventually leads to instability.

Nevertheless, Windows makes a good option if you aren't too concerned about security or regular maintenance.

OSX: Though not as common as the Windows OS, it is, nevertheless, considered to be far superior by its patrons. Apple's OSX is the dream operating system for those involved in content creation. It's built on the Unix platform, which gives it a wide range of advantageous features.

It also hosts applications that are optimized for the purpose of content creation, be it textual or visual. It is also extremely easy to operate and users constantly praise it for its brilliant interface. Work processes become smoother and problem free with OSX. It is also very secure compared to windows since there aren't too many viruses or malware designed for OSX.

However, there are drawbacks even to OSX. To begin with, OSX is an expensive program and would not be feasible unless your work involves continuous content creation. Even the annual updates tend to burn a hole in company budgets. The other issue is that it isn't compatible with multiple hardware or software options like Windows. OSX runs only on Apple hardware, which means you will have to buy the complete Apple system, which isn't cost-friendly at all. So, unless you are an organization whose service involves constant content creation, OSX isn't for you.

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Monday, July 28, 2014
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.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
How to Deal with an Infected Computer?

People these days do most of their work on laptops and desktops, saving important content and managing tasks. The presence of malicious bugs on your system can be quite strenuous, especially due to the concern of all the valuable information that is stored in the drives.

Things to do when your computer becomes infected

  • As soon as your computer detects malicious content, viruses or spy-ware on your system, the first thing that you need to do is to check if it is really the case. A lot of people end up deleting important files as the safety scanner has erroneously called it malware.
  • When trying to deal with the infection on your own, make sure that you are working in the ‘safe mode’. This is because; you will need the help of Internet to deal with the problem.
  • Have some sort of back-up for all the important files and content that you do not want to lose. This is because; sometimes the system needs to be formatted after the cleaning process is done.
  • Run the anti-virus software that you have installed on your system and get rid of the virus as quickly as possible.
  • However, if you are not sure about the removal of the virus or you feel that the damage has spread, the best thing to do is take your system to a professional computer repair shop.
  • The professionals will be able to heal your computer faster and with more precision. They will help you retrieve the files that have been damaged if possible and protect the rest of the content that has not been damaged by the malicious bugs.
  • Do not share any kind of content from your computer with other computers. Viruses and other malicious bugs are intelligent and have the psychology of real life viruses, and attack other devices as well.

You may feel out-of-depth if you have to send your computer to the repair shop for a few days. Things can come to a standstill, especially if you do not have an extra device to work on. This is where computer rentals can come to your rescue. All you have to do is let the providers know about the kind and type of computer you would like to rent. They also usually offer computers on rent for a single day as well as for  months, depending on your requirement.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Benefits Offered By Desktop Rentals to Attorneys

A computer has become an essential tool for any law firm, and you can even see lawyers carrying laptops in modern courthouses. Desktops are an affordable option for a cash-strapped, small firm and can easily help in legal accounting and usage of billing software. There are a number of companies that offer desktop rentals, and other types of computer rentals like laptops, tablets, etc.

Ideal features

A desktop should have enough speed and memory to run a law firm’s billing software. It should be able to support the system specifications of an attorney billing and time tracking software package. A desktop should ideally have an internet connection so that it can be accessed from anywhere using a remote access facility offered by desktop software.

Software and Applications

There are numerous general practice and specific practice software applications in the market that cater to attorneys. Software for case management, billing time, contract management, accounting, document automation, and many other uses are in abundance. Applications for specific practices like litigation, conveyance, bankruptcy, immigration, etc. are also available.

Benefits from desktop

Desktops can be used to store huge quantity of information. They help in organizing your data easily. You get access to legal documents and forms at hand, and save on billing time spent searching for information. You can also upload data using cloud computing, or set up a virtual desktop and access information from anywhere. Storing data in one central repository also makes it more secure.

Why rent a desktop?

Using computer rentals is ideal for a law accounting firm because of the support offered by the companies offering these rentals. Companies offer support, maintenance on modules, and regular updates on software in case of rental options. Contact a dealer in attorney desktop rentals to see if this solution is the one your business needs.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Epson's latest printer, Epson WorkForce 845 is a versatile device that is suited well for both medium and large sized offices. It prints a great volume of documents, presentations and photos.

To support the workload, the printer is equipped with several features like Wi-Fi, wired networking and Ethernet. It also allows printing on both sides of the document, an automatic feeder for scanning and a nearly 8-inch touch screen display panel. The standard services of the printer such as printing,scanning,copying and faxing is also performed effectively.

The mobile printing features are seamlessly linked with the cloud printing services of Apple and Google. It is furnished with an iPhone app as well as an Android app, and an ability to issue print orders to the 845 from any Web connected device.

Epson WorkForce 845 is far from being compact, but it's still impressive because it fits in all the extra hardware into a  reasonably sized package.

The controls that help you navigate are seated in the wide panel of 13 inches. The buttons that are not relevant at that instance, are disabled for convenience. The USB port allows printing onto your digital camera. The panel also provides two card slots. You are also provided a driver disc for touching up on your photos.

Wi-Fi connection is made simple with the option of using a USB proxy or a network setup that connects directly from the panel. By using the Wi-Fi connectivity you can avail a range of mobile printing possibilities. The iPrint application for Android and iOS devices allows you to print photos,Web pages and documents from a smart phone. The Connect Email Print app allow you to issue a print order to an e-mail. To learn more about printers with similar impressive features, you can contact us to learn more about our printer rentals.

 

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Monday, September 10, 2012
Signs of a Good Computer Rental Company

Often times, businesses realize that they need to go for computer rentals. Looking for a rental provider is as easy as typing the keyword in a search engine. Most transactions with computer rental providers can be done online. However, it is not easy to establish the legitimacy of different rental providers. There is usually a large amount of money being transferred and it pays to be able to spot good rental companies. This article lists a few points customers should check before deciding on a rental service provider.

Firstly, a legitimate rental company will have its contact information listed on the website. It is advisable to dial the number and to speak to the individual on the other end. This will indicate that the company has a proper physical location. Also you can further verify the company's credentials by asking relevant questions about computer rentals.

Secondly, look for customer reviews and recommendations. The internet is filled with posts from customers and if you can find good ones then the company could be trusted. It is better to look for recommendations in other websites as the company could fabricate reviews on theirs. The reviews should describe the services and support offered by the company and the author's personal experience with the computer rental company.

Lastly, businesses should look at the variety of rental options available. If it is too good to be true then it probably isn't real. The rental company should have an array of products on rent on its website with accurate descriptions of the gadgets. They should also have flexible payment options and quick quoting facilities. Legitimate computer rental services also offer to transport the equipment at their client's location. They should also provide technical support and should also be willing to take back faulty equipment.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Film projectors project the reels of film onto the screen. The arms and distance of the projectors need to be adjusted by winding and unwinding them. Even though digital and video projection is popular these days, film projectors are still in demand from a niche market. Using a film projector rental company is common for film festivals, universities, film schools and residences.

The width of the projectors can be 8mm, 16mm or 35mm. The available space and the number of people in the audience determine the type of projector required. 35mm projectors are used in film festivals, whereas 8mm and 16mm are used by universities and residences. Projector rental companies are usually owned by universities and function from the campus premises. The demand for these projectors is usually during a fixed period, film festivals for instance happen in the same month every year. Families rent projectors for summer vacations to tape family get-togethers.

The cost of renting a projector depends on the type of projector and the accessories that come with it. University rental companies usually offer discounts for students. Projector rental companies usually have a lesser stock of film projectors. University run companies have more available.

Film projectors face severe competition from modern day projectors and the technology that they possess. They lack several features like storage capacity, color and contrast control. As the demand for film projectors is dwindling, the number of them being manufactured has also reduced considerably. As a result there are very few of them available to rent.

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