Checklist for Buying a New Small Business Computer

I’ve just published a checklist that will help anyone buying a new computer for small business use.

Debaffle computer buyers checklist

There are nearly 47 points in the list, with each coming with our recommendation on what to think about.

The guide is free and can be downloaded from our debaffle.net/guides

By |September 16th, 2015|Computers|0 Comments

Computer Buyer’s Guide For Small Business: Computer types

I’ve just published a computer buyer’s guide for small business covering the considerations for between different types of computers.

debacle buyers guide - computer types

The guide provides a high level description of smartphone, phablet, tablet, netbook, hybrid, “2 in 1″, ultraportable, Ultrabook, laptop, notebook, desktop replacement, portable workstation, workstation, desktop, server, and network attached storage (NAS)!

This guide is useful if you are in the market for a new computer and want to cut through the terms and understand what they really mean.

The guide is free.

Please see our free guides page to download.

By |September 16th, 2015|Computers|2 Comments

Computer Buyer’s Guide For Small Business: Windows versus Apple

I’ve just published a computer buyer’s guide for small business covering the considerations for choosing between Windows or Apple operating systems.

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The guides covers the following topics:

  • Latest versions
  • Touch screens
  • Central management options
  • Email, calendar and contact features included
  • Productivity software included
  • Application availability
  • Mobile device features
  • Encryption support
  • Antivirus features

The guide is free.

Please see our free guides page to download.

By |September 14th, 2015|Computers|0 Comments

Wireless display connectivity options: Miracast, AirPlay, Chromecast

In the Ultimate computers buyer’s guide for small business I provide an overview of the options for connecting a computer (including mobile devices) to external displays when considering the leading available solutions, Miracast, AirPlay and Chromecast (Chomecast dongle pictured below).

Chromecast dongle

The summary and recommendation from the guide are below.

Miracast AirPlay Chromecast

When selecting an option from a purely display functionality perspective, I recommend the following:

  1. If you want to display from Apple devices, then AirPlay, via an AppleTV is your only option.
  2. Miracast will meet your needs so long as you align computing device compatibility, and in particular if you take advantage of Windows second screen abilities through Miracast. Also, the fact that Microsoft provides Miracast adaptors makes for a nicely integrated end to end solution.
  3. Chromecast provides an option, but depending on your target sending devices, you may have more restrictions if choosing Chromecast, in particular, the currently experimental screen mirroring feature requires Google Chrome web browser on Windows PCs. That said, if your business is primarily using Android smartphones, and already use Chrome web browser or Chromebooks PCs, then Chromecast is the obvious choice for an integrated end to end solution.

For full details, please see the guide, download is free.

By |September 10th, 2015|Computers|0 Comments

Quick reference: Standards and connectors used for wired computer connectivity

This is a reference post on the standards and connectors used for wired computer connectivity.

I’ll refer here in future posts on selecting a small business computer.

The table should be self explanatory.

The sockets pictures are not to scale, but as a relative guide, a mini connector is smaller than a standard connector, and a micro connector is smallest of all.

computer connectors part 1
computer connectors part 2
computer connectors part 3

By |May 8th, 2015|Computers|0 Comments

Buyers guide: what to look for in a new business computer – storage protection

This is the final in a four part series covering storage considerations for a new business computer. For an introduction to the series, please see this post.

The considerations in selecting the in-built storage for a personal computer is not complete without covering storage protection options.

The type of data you are storing will define if you need to consider options to guard against theft, loss or damage. Indeed, there may even be regulatory requirements on how you store certain information, for example health or financial records.

By |April 29th, 2015|Computers, File storage and sharing|1 Comment

Buyers guide: what to look for in a new business computer – storage capacity

This is the third, albeit very short, in a four part series covering storage considerations for a new business computer. For an introduction to the series, please see this post.

The more storage you have, well, the more information you can store in terms of documents, music, pictures and videos.

By |April 29th, 2015|Computers|1 Comment

Buyers guide: what to look for in a new business computer – storage speed

This is the second in a four part series covering storage considerations for a new business computer. For an introduction to the series, please see this post.

The speed of storage transfer defines how quickly you can read or write information to storage, and is measured in Megabytes per second, MB/s.

As highlighted in the introductory post of this series, your computer is continuously reading and writing from in-built storage. Slow storage results in more time waiting for a computer to complete activities, at worst resulting in a computer that becomes unresponsive for periods of time.

By |April 29th, 2015|Computers|1 Comment

Buyers guide: what to look for in a new business computer – types of storage

Storage options that compliment in-built computer storage v2

Storage options that compliment in-built computer storage: locally attached, onsite storage, offsite storage, detached storage (Photo by Karen /CC BY 2.0, Photo by Andrew Currie/CC BY-SA 2.0, Photo by NeoSpire /CC BY 2.0, Photo by Stuart Conner /CC BY-ND 2.0)

This is the first in a four part series covering storage considerations for a new business computer. For an introduction to the series, please see this post.

In-built storage is just one option available for computer storage, others include locally attached storage, site based storage, or offsite storage.

As such, selecting the in-built storage for a computer is best taken in context of the various computer storage options available.

For this reason, I’ll first describe the various storage options available, before then providing considerations specifically for in-built computer storage in the following post.

By |April 29th, 2015|Computers|2 Comments

Buyers guide: what to look for in a new business computer – storage

Punch tape as a form of storage in Colossus

Punch tape used as a form of storage, used, in Colossus the world’s first programmable, electronic, digital computer. Photo by Kevin /CC BY 2.0

This is the introductory post in a four part series that will cover the in-built personal computer options for storage.

By |April 28th, 2015|Computers, File storage and sharing|5 Comments

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