We are big believers in prevention being much less costly than the cure when it comes to technology. Here are five common things that can turn into emergencies for your business but are pretty easily avoided.
If you’re shopping for a computer (be sure to follow our computer shopping tips), you may have seen the term “Solid-State-Drive” or “SSD” on the computer’s specification sheet. What is a SSD and why should you get one in your computer instead of a hard-disk-drive (HDD) for your data storage needs?
Look around your office: How much of the equipment around you should really be replaced? It’s old, it’s breaking down, it’s slow, it’s causing downtime – there could be a myriad of reasons why it needs to be replaced. But then reality sets in: “Does it all need to be replaced and how am I going to pay for it?”
We announced a couple months ago that Microsoft is going to require computer manufacturers to bundle only Windows 10 with computers after September, making Windows 7 all but unavailable. Dell has recently announced that they’re going to extend a downgrade option to Windows 7 or 8.1 Professional edition for another year, but are going to charge an additional fee for it (likely via a Microsoft volume license agreement of some sort). They also have firmed up the date: They’ll kick this in after October 31, 2016.
We are not sure how much the additional fee will be, but we’d recommend that if you’re shopping for a business computer and need Windows 7, you do so now to avoid the headache. And be sure to follow the tips in our article: Things to Consider When Buying a Computer for your Business.
The surge protector: One of the most underappreciated yet most important things you use with your computer. Think about it: When was the last time you replaced it? You’ve changed your computer and various other things, you’ve moved offices, but have you ever changed your surge protection? Now is a good time to take a peek at what you have everything plugged into, as your surge protector might have been recalled as a fire hazard.