Crucial Tips to Finding Your Perfect Computer

With enough choices on the market to make the average consumer’s head spin, it can be extremely tough to figure out which computer will best fit a particular person’s needs. Even the simplest choice, like whether to get a desktop or a laptop, can seem daunting if not prepared and armed with the right questions. Employees at the local computer store or electronics retailer only help to confound the issue by throwing technical jargon around and making the process seemingly harder than necessary. These tips should get you well on your way to having the perfect computer to fit all your needs.First, decide the primary use of the computer. This can be as simple as determining whether the computer will be used at home or if portability is a key factor. Even if the computer will be primarily used at home, there may be a chance a laptop would be the best option. For example, people who like to be on their laptop to check stats while watching sports may want a laptop. Also, thinking about whether this computer will be used primarily for work or entertainment can be important for determining the power necessary.Next, think about computing power needed. This is where the average user starts to get slightly confused when GHz and RAM start getting thrown around. The secret is to take what you learned in the first tip to figure out what programs you will be using the most. If all you are doing is surfing the web and checking your fantasy baseball team, it may not be necessary to get the strongest and fastest computer out there. If there are particular programs being utilized, check the recommended specs for those programs and go just a little above those specs.Thirdly, assess how much space you will need. If you plan on storing a ton of large files like movies and music on the machine, you will obviously need a lot of space. With the price of memory dropping lower each year, it is very easy to get a computer with enough space to hold whatever you may want. Also, memory is something that is expandable in the device or by an external hard drive, so don’t worry if you run out of space. The general rule of thumb these days is a 500GB hard drive to start. A 500GB hard drive will hold a lot of information including plenty of music and movie (or spreadsheets). If you know that you will be holding a lot more media, then it is advisable to get a 1TB (which stands for terabyte and is 1,000 GB).Additionally, something that many people consider nowadays is whether to buy Apple or Windows. This can be tricky and both companies have some pros and cons when considering a new computer. Generally, an Apple computer will cost your more but people who love them are dedicated to them with a passion and fury. Windows users tend to be less passionate, but usually have no desire to switch to an Apple computer. Apple tends to be more user-friendly for the type of person who may not be the most computer-savvy individual. Windows are much more customizable and have a variety of manufacturers that can provide the computer. It is recommended to go to a computer store and just get your hands on both and play around a little bit.With these tips, finding that perfect computer should be much easier and less of a headache. Remember to research what you need in a computer and then take a little time to research models of computers. Following this advice, the perfect computer can be found without anymore headaches.

Stop Wasting Time: How to Use Technology Productively

Know Your Needs – Research the best tools to achieve your goals. Do you need a laptop because you travel, a smart phone or tablet to avoid carrying a laptop; or a desktop because you need a large screen for design? Understand which tools are going to be most beneficial for you.Know the applications – When you own or purchase technology invest the time to learn the applications provided (especially short cuts for programs and quick reference guides) – leverage the functionality of each application.Use DropBox – I love this application for sharing files in the cloud that you and your team can access from anywhere with any tools!Invest in maintenance – Allocate time monthly maintaining technology. Schedule time to ‘defrag’ your computer; install new software, delete unused applications, remove large files, and back-up data. Scheduling time each month will ensure your technology runs at an optimum level regularly.Outsource maintenance – if all this technology maintenance isn’t your thing… get help – delegate. Find a local business or college student that can assist you with this activity each month.Back up weekly! Why it we wait until something is goes wrong that we thing about backing up our computers and technology? Schedule weekly back-ups to ensure you always have the latest information available. This became even more important to me when I had a laptop stolen, it sure does make you wish you had backed up more often!Check email four times per day – seriously some clients are addicted to their email and that isn’t productive! Unless you are a brain surgeon or deliver babies… or maybe cure cancer – you don’t need to be checking email every few minutes. Allocate time throughout the day to check it (and delete it) but don’t be on email all day!Use Out of office messages – every email system has the ability to share with people that advising them you are away. If you leave for long meetings, go on vacation or just want to focus on a project for a few hours… use out of office to manage other people’s expectations.Update voicemail weekly – allow callers to know where you are going to be and how they can best reach you. Share alternative connection strategies i.e. cell phones, email or your assistant’s number (if you are lucky enough to have an assistant!)Use the on/off buttons on everything – conserve electricity and get into the habit of turning off items not in use. This can also be a great tip if you work from home and get tempted to check your laptop at all hours… turn it off!Skype meetings – this valuable video tool allows you to have conversation with multiple people and if you use video your meeting… partners won’t be multi-tasking! It avoids the need to travel to and from meetings and you can do it from the comfort from your office or home.Consider alternative meetings methods – one is Skype, another is tele-coffees (you make a coffee and I make a coffee and we chat on the telephone) – takes no more than 15 minutes! I do tele-cocktails on Fridays – love those!Limit time to 15 minutes! Stop wasting time clicking on one link after another – focus, set your target for the information you need to find and go find it. It is amazing how time disappears when we start to ‘play’ online!Technology is a tool designed to help you do your job, increase productivity and increase communications… it is not supposed to kill your productivity. Applying these strategies will ensure when you use the right tools, set your time limits and know your systems you will definitely increase your productivity! Now about that new app for my iPad…