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Where to shop for the best laptops in town?

The web is full of reviews and recommendations about the best price/quality laptops and rightfully so – getting it right is more confusing than ever.

To make it easier to decide, choose which one of the three is you:

 

-       Business user

-       Creative professional

-       Light surfer

As a Business user, I’m assuming you spend majority of your time manipulating spread-sheets and creating presentations, so you’ll want a laptop with a good keyboard, sharp screen and good battery life.

Creative professional would need a powerful processor and large and high-res display for editing videos and photos.

Light surfer will do with a light notebook.

When you have identified what are you looking for in a laptop, the ultimate and the most important decision to make is – the price. In other words: what is the best laptop you can buy for the cheapest price?

“You get what you pay for” is a good old saying, that truly is very old and not relevant any more. There are a huge number of stores available, all offering different prices for the same product. So, choose your laptop retailer carefully and look out for deals and discounts that are available online for free.

I, personally, like to try out multiple models at Currys and PC World and then take my notes back home, because you will almost always pay a premium for shopping in store – although there is usually a bargain to be had if you know where to look.

You can get much cheaper price for the same laptop online (Ebuyer, Ebay and Amazon) for one simple reason – online retailers don’t have to pay for renting spaces and paying staff, which only means that when buying online you actually get what you pay for.

But there is one high-street retailer, that stands above others in terms of price and quality and it is Argos. It lists around 150 reasonably priced laptops. Argos tends to have lower prices than PC World and Currys for the same products.

Additionally, I recently discovered My Voucher Codes (Britains biggest voucher site), that has 30-70% discounts for many laptops.

Their offers change every two days, so before purchasing a laptop you love, I would suggest you to wait for a better offers to come. There is a good possibility to get 50% or £100 off your laptop.

They currently have £30 off iPads: http://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/argos-vouchers

Virtual Desktops

Virtual Desktops Faster, Safer than VPNs

Virtual DesktopsRemote access for professionals is a preeminent concern for many sectors of industry. Far more business is conducted on the road, and this need is making itself felt. The old standard for securely connecting to HQ becomes obsolete as operations become too unwieldy and complex to be conducted over limited bandwidth.

A virtual private network (VPN) allows a secure connection via unsecured public networks. A common business scenario is an employee using a VPN to access the company network from the road or at home. A core advantage to a VPN is the low resource demands. The server only has to maintain its end of the connection and serve the requested data. Any resource-intensive processing occurs on the machine that established the connection.

A virtual desktop, on the other hand, is an individual user interface stored on a remote server. This desktop virtualization separates the software from the physical machine. In this scenario, the local machine is only responsible for maintaining its end of the connection, sending input and displaying the results on screen. Everything else, including the resource-intensive processing, occurs on the remote server.

Compared to virtual private networking, there are a number of key benefits to a modern virtual desktop architecture, such as the one provided via a Dell virtual desktop system. This strategy is more consistent and reliable. It is more cost-effective and resource-efficient. It is faster and safer. It provides centralized administration, fewer compatibility issues and improved data integrity. It is also less demanding on clients and thus less complex.

In many business scenarios, consistency is a crucial factor because it translates to savings. Yet consistency is near impossible to achieve using traditional VPNs because each client connects to the system with a different configuration. With virtual desktops, the user’s configuration is irrelevant to performance, and this equates to savings because the system is more compatible and does not have to account for so many variables.

Customer service, in particular, greatly benefits from the use of virtual desktops, both in terms of performance and cost. Using the Dell virtual desktop, for instance, companies do not even require a centralized customer service representative (CSR) solution. Instead, the server can distribute the virtual desktops, which has video communication and the appropriate software client automatically, to CSRs, who can even be working from home.

The other most important issues are security and data integrity. With a VPN, there is diminished data integrity because the system relies on the client to send the updated data. With a virtual desktop, the updated data is automatically on the server. In terms of security, the virtual desktop is more secure because it is far more difficult to compromise the system when the most sensitive elements exist only on the server.

windows7

Windows 7: Restore Google Chrome Settings After Crash

One funny thing happened to me yesterday. I had one of those (rare) blue screen of death crashes on my Windows 7 machine. Happened randomly but I guess it was thanks to a faulty USB modem driver. Anyway, after I restarted and launched my Google Chrome browser, I noticed that all my settings and extensions vanished. Uh-oh. Good thing there’s this solution, I’m sharing with you.

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