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How To Choose The Best Computer Support For Your Work

How To Choose The Best Computer Support For Your Work

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Choosing the right kind of company computer support is really important, whether you’re choosing it for a big office and many employees, or simply for your own home office. There is a lot out there to choose from but how can you tell the reliable, trusted support companies from the rip off merchants?

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Most companies, if not all these days, are overly reliant on their computer systems, networks and computer equipment. It comes as no surprise therefore that many companies are willing to spend any amount of money asked of them if they get the promise of restricted amounts of downtime should something ever go wrong. After all, all a company wants is to be back online and communicating with customers ASAP.

It is therefore incredibly important to make sure you choose the most suitable support for your business you can. The best way to do this is to compile your very own checklist of what you require from such a service and then use it to compare and contrast the offers you have got from different computer support companies. The following points are general but will get your checklist off to a good start:

Do they use contractors or are they in-house?

It is really important to know how knowledgeable they are as a company. Many such companies will simply run as a middle-man, where they are the main contact for you but actually hire freelancers to do the work. This can often mean inflated pricing because obviously the company wants to make a profit but they also need to pay the freelancers.

Try and find out if their own employees do the work as this will keep those inflated prices down. It should also give you more confidence the company knows what they are talking about. Ask them about their competitors, i.e. what makes them stand out from the crowd, what makes them better and why you should choose them above others.

Don’t be afraid to say what others have quoted you, as this will help other companies match or offer you more computer support for less. Anything you can knock off their initial quote at this stage is a bonus! Also, be sure to find out how often they will provide you with computer updates, annual maintenance and so on.

Unbiased support and guidance

Although every company is going to be a little biased, it is important to avoid companies who just talk about themselves the entire time. You want to choose a company who recognises the advantages their competitors have over them. A company who even says things like, ‘Oh yes, we can understand why you have chosen to get a quote from that company, they are very experienced in…’ will show you they have integrity and are confident enough in their own company to appreciate others in their industry.

You also need to be sure they are not going to try the hard sell on you each and every time you contact them. For instance, if something goes wrong with a computer or if something needs updating, they are not going to try and sell you something you don’t need. You want a company who looks out for your needs, so will tell you when you really need, or don’t need something.

Reliability and trustworthiness

These are obviously qualities you should be looking for when choosing a computer support company. You may question how you can ever tell how reliable or trustworthy a company is before you actually start working with them and yes, this is hard. However, there are a few checks you can do to assess them before making your decision about who to hire, such as:

– Do they have a website?

– Does their website look professional and does everything work, i.e. links?

– Is their contact information clearly displayed on their site?

– Do they only give you the option for you to send them an email or do they also provide a telephone number? Ideally, they should offer both.

– How quickly do they respond to you?

– How good is their response, i.e. do they answer all your questions? Do they give you enough information about their company and the way they work?

– Do they give you an initial quote or do they ask to come see you, check out your computers/ network and equipment first. Ideally, they should get as full a picture of what your requirements are, what you are missing etc. before ever quoting you.

– Have you done a search for them online? Can you find any feedback or testimonials from other customers?

With all of the above points to check, you should be able to make a well-informed decision on which computer support company to hire. However, it is always worth having your own company specific points too, for instance:

What computer system/ network are you running and do they have experience with it?

Are they local to you and how long is their response time?

Your company will obviously have its own specific requirements so make sure you keep these in mind before making your final hiring decision.

James writes for Quintech. When not writing about SAP Gloucester, he can often be found providing computer support to others against his will.

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How To Choose A Projector For Gaming

How To Choose A Projector For Gaming

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In the recent years, projectors have become incredibly affordable; however, the technology of projectors has not gone down with their lowering costs. For that reason, the projectors are not only being used now for formal presentations by big shot companies, they are also being used by avid and hardcore gamers. Why? The answer is simple, for larger than life experience – for the ultimate gaming pleasure.

Gamers can enjoy games like Modern Warfare, Battlefield, or the famous FIFA series on a wider scale and at the highest resolutions by using a projector. It is true that monitors still retain their role as the primary display option, but projectors are now becoming more and more common among serious gamers.

Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be wise to just walk into a shop and buy a projector; you need to know more about the best projector for you before buying one. There are many considerations and questions that you may have to bear in mind.  Though the prices may have gone down, you have to be careful in order to get a projector that suits your gaming needs. So to make your job easier, here is a guide to buying the right projector.

PC Or Console Gaming

The first thing that you should consider before buying your projector is to determine the type of gaming you will be using your projector for. There are two types of gaming; PC and Console Gaming. Both have different aspects that should have an impact on the type of projector you buy. For instance, personal computers are quite different from consoles. Personal computers usually connect to displays through DVI or VGA, whereas consoles uses an HDMI cable.  In addition, personal computers allow gamers to use different resolutions whereas consoles are often limited to certain resolutions like 480 or 1080i/p.

The Lamp In Projectors

Every projector has a lamp that allows it to project images or videos. These lamps are excruciatingly expensive and if broken, can be very difficult to replace. For that reason, it is important to figure out the replacement costs of the projector before you actually buy it.If the price of the projector lamp is too high, then it may be wise to buy a projector that has a cheaper lamp fitted in. You should also know that at times, vendors sell projectors that have no lamp, so you must weigh in this aspect before deciding on making a purchase. It is recommended to choose a projector with a fitted lamp though, because you may not be able to pick out the right lamp for your projector otherwise.

Brightness

When buying a projector for gaming, it is a good idea to keep the brightness in mind. The reason is that, projectors offer a wide spectrum of choices for consumers to choose from. They are made for conference rooms, outdoors, and for entertainment purposes. Therefore, when you are looking for a gaming projector, make sure you ask for a projector that has a brightness level of 1000 to 3000 Lumens.

How To Know Whether The Projector Will Perform

You can check the projector performance through the contrast Vs lumen ratio. For any good projector, the average ratio should be 1:500 and it works for all settings. Although all projectors nowadays can offer resolutions of around 720p to 1080i, the newer ones offer resolutions of up to 1080p. There is some technicality when it comes to projector performance, but the easy way is to compare the projector resolutions and their prices to ensure that you get the best for your gaming needs.

Adjustable Lens

When getting a projector for gaming, it is always a good idea to get one that has an adjustable lens. Adjustable lenses allow you to adjust the focus of the projector to your specific needs so that you don’t have to move your projector at all. This will come in handy if you are setting your projector in a small room.

There are also many other aspects that you should be aware of. To know all about the right projectors, you can visit ProjectorCentral.com.  The information here is free of cost and you can learn about both older and newer versions of projectors. Also, if you are looking for options that are easy on your pocket, then look into refurbished projectors as well.  These are cheaper than the newer ones and will allow you to enjoy the same experience.

Author Bio
Nikolas Nikolaou is a pc gaming enthusiast with love for benchmarking and reviewing the latest in hardware and technology releases.

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Thinking Of Buying A Boat? How To Choose The Right One For You

Thinking Of Buying A Boat? How To Choose The Right One For You

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Buying a boat is no easy task. There are many things to consider and it is important to make sure you take the time to work through each consideration. Otherwise you may end up spending an awful lot of money on a boat you don’t like or can’t actually use.

Below you will find 5 of these considerations, which will hopefully help you to decide on what is going to be the best boat choice for you.

1. Deciding on the size of the boat

Surprisingly a lot of people don’t really spend much time thinking about this before they go and buy a boat. However, not thinking about what size you are going to need before shopping around is a real issue. You need to think about who will be using the boat and why. For instance, will it just be for you and your partner to use on weekends, in which case you are not going to need a huge boat. Or do you require the boat for your entire family and for entertaining guests, in which case you are going to need more space.

When considering how large a boat you require, it is worth deciding on what your budget is going to be. Obviously, the larger the boat, the more it is likely to cost so having this figure in mind will allow you to plan more efficiently, what size of boat you are going to be able to get.

2. Where will you be sailing and storing the boat?

These are both really important considerations and can greatly alter the kind of boat you get. There are a huge number of boat types to choose from and you don’t want to buy the wrong type. For instance, the boat you would require to just calmly sail on an inland lake would differ greatly from one needed to sail in the open sea. Ideally, you need to have in mind the top reasons you want your boat (such as for fishing) and then make your buying decision in view of these reasons.

You will also need to decide where you will be storing your boat, for instance can you afford to store it at the local marina or will it need to be stored at your home. In either case you will have additional costs to consider, so you will need to really work out what type and size of boat most suits your situation and requirements.

3. Can you handle the boat?

It is absolutely critical, when you are buying a boat; you only buy one you can handle. Whilst it is not the case that every person who owns a boat operates it as well, it is a lot safer to know what you’re doing, even if someone else is doing the steering! If it is your first boat purchase, it is much better to start off small and then work your way up as you become a more experienced boatperson.

There are many cases where people have bought too large a boat to handle and ended up either not using it (which is a huge waste of money), or having to sell it. So even if you have enough money to buy a large boat, it is just not worth chancing the fact you won’t be able to handle it. If you are desperate for a larger boat, why not take some lessons first before buying? This way you can make sure you’ll be able to handle a larger boat safely.

4.  How important is being comfortable?

All of the above three points will have an effect of the comfort factor of the boat; however, you also need to take into account actual creature comforts. For instance many boats will not have a toilet or a place to sleep. You need to have a serious think about how much time you want to spend on your boat and who will be on it with you, as these factors will both impact on how much you need these creature comforts.

5. Your budget

Cost is obviously going to be one of the largest factors to consider when choosing a boat. With this in mind, it is best to work out exactly what you are looking for in a boat, make a list and then make a decision on what your budget is going to be. Never visit a showroom without having this figure in mind. Salespeople are very good at pushing our buttons and once they know you’re actually able to buy a boat, they won’t leave you alone until you’ve signed on the dotted line. This could mean you end up paying well above what you can afford.

Keep in mind there are a lot of other costs associated with owning a boat, such as transport, maintenance, storage, insurance, boat storage racks, and obviously the costs actually involved in running the boat. If you are not bothered about buying second-hand, this is also a good choice and will save you a lot of money. However, you do need to keep in mind you may end up paying more on maintenance for an older boat, so always ensure you have a full history of the boat and knowledge of any faults before making your purchase.

James writes for the Wickens Company. When not blogging, he can often be found changing his mind about which color to paint his boat.

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How To Choose The Right Colours For Your Wedding

How To Choose The Right Colours For Your Wedding

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While a themed wedding certainly isn’t for everyone, having a colour scheme I something much more common and much more popular. With so many disparate elements to your typical wedding, a colour scheme is a great way to tie everything together and lend some visual consistency to the proceedings. That said though, just as a good colour scheme can do wonders for this incredibly special occasion, so too can the wrong one undo a lot of your hard work and ruin the appearance of your venue and your bridesmaids. Here we will look at some pointers as to how to go about choosing a colour scheme that will be right for you and how to go about weaving that colour scheme into your various design decisions.

Choosing the Colour Scheme

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When choosing the colours you want to feature most heavily on your big day there are a number of important factors to take into account.

First of course you need to think about the colours you like. Obviously this is an important day for you so you should make sure that the colours you’re looking at are ones that you like and that don’t make you feel ill. At the same time though you also to remember that a compromise needs to be made here between what you want and what your partner wants – narrow down a list of colours you can both agree on.

When choosing your colours know that you will normally have a ‘primary colour’ and a secondary colour. This means that you need to pick two colours that will match well – so find a pairing where you both like both colours. This will instantly narrow down your choices. Obviously these colours should be relatively high contrast so that they stand out in the wedding photography too.

Another consideration is what people are going to look good in. The bride will wear white so this won’t affect her but for the groom there are likely to be elements of the colour scheme in the waistcoat or flowers. Likewise you need to think about what will look good on the bridesmaids and groomsmen and what they will be happy wearing.

How to Implement Your Colour

Dressing your bridesmaids and ushers aren’t the only ways your colours will come into play though. Other ways you’ll use the colours are in your place settings, in your choice of flowers, in your invitations (a great early opportunity to hint at the colour scheme you will be going at is on the back of the invite or on the envelope), in the place names, in the wedding favours and in any ribbons or additional flourishes. You can even choose icing for your cake based on the colour scheme. Make sure that when you send your invitations that you inform your guests of the colour scheme so that they can opt to join in or not as they wish.

Get all this right and you’ll have a perfectly coordinated wedding that looks amazing in all the photos and that shows real time and care has gone into the design.

Today’s guest post is contributed by Lisa Hendricks. She is well known for her wedding photography in Peterborough. She is of the opinion that colors add a new life to the proceedings and is all for color scheming during a wedding.

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