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19
Jan

Computer Rentals for Accounting

Small Tax companies and accountants have been setting up temporary offices and using computer and printer rentals for years.
This option is great because at the end of the project, The cost of equipment is reduced. There is no need to pack up and move the equipment, and there is less to worry about when it comes to shutting down the temporary office.

Its so simple and easy, just call for a quote, we can then come in and help set up your systems as well as pick up the computers and printers when you are done . Many small tax businesses and accountants have been saving money for years by renting computers and laser printers, and returning them when they are done. No capital expenditures, means more profit and less out of pocket expense.

Renting technology is fast and convenient. It is the perfect solution to fill your technology gaps, especially during the tax season. Get the computers, printers and laptops you need for as long as you need it by contacting PCRetro Rentals today!
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6
Jan

There’s always the dilemma of what to do when you’re on a long flight. Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, it’s very easy to get bored while up in the air. Well, U.S. flights are working to make air travel a more enjoyable experience or a more productive time for their travelers.

As of now, one-third of U.S. flights are Wi-Fi friendly. Virgin Flights and AirTran can boast that they offer on-board Wi-Fi on every single one of their planes. Despite this, the New York Times says that Delta has the most planes with Wi-Fi access. Nearly all of their 500 different planes offer their travelers Gogo-based Internet access.

Other airlines are moving in the Wi-Fi direction as well. JetBlue and Continental Airlines are currently testing out Wi-Fi on their planes, and all other airlines seem to have at least some form of Wi-Fi available on some of their flights. Southwest Airlines claims that by 2012 all of their planes will be equipped with Wi-Fi capabilities, although as of now, only 6 of their 540 planes feature the amenity.

In a few years I’m sure that in-flight Wi-Fi capabilities will be completely standard. Although we haven’t gotten to that point yet, there are still plenty of airlines that offer the service. It’s a great way to keep yourself entertained while traveling for fun or to utilize your valuable time while traveling for business.

Renting a laptop to stay in touch with friends and family during vacation or to take with you on a business trip is a fantastic idea. PCRetro Rentals is the best place to take care of all your technology rental needs. All PCRetro Rentals laptops come standard with wireless network cards that can connect to the Wi-Fi currently being used by airlines.

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6
Jan

Carrying a laptop through an airport should never have to be a hassle. But sadly, for most people it is. With the increase in TSA secuirty measures, taking your expensive laptop through the airport could be downright horrible. However, if you follow some very easy and simple rules, you should have no trouble at all getting your laptop onto the plane and not have to worry about it being lost, confiscated or damaged.

Rule #1: Make Sure You Have the Proper Security Measures in Place
An airport is one of the most popular locations for laptop thieves. No matter how well you guard your laptop, there is always a chance that it will get stolen. So, the best course of action to take here is to have a solid plan if this unfortunate event happens. Make sure to back up all of your files and have some security measures in place on your laptop to ensure that thieves cannot access your personal files. When backing up your files, it is recommended that you use an external hard drive. External hard drives are quick, easy and only run you around $100.

Rule #2: Don’t Argue with Security About Your Laptop
Airport security is allowed to confiscate your laptop at any time, no questions asked. If they ask you for your laptop, then all you can do is politely hand it over to them with no arguments. If you put a up a fight, you could lose more than your laptop, specifically your seat on your flight. In most countries there is no need to worry about airport security taking your laptop. Unless there is a valid reason you should have no problem with security and your laptop.

Rule #3: Going Through Security Checkpoints
Whenever you go through a security checkpoint in an airport, be sure to remove your laptop from its case and put it in a bin by itself. Some laptop bags are now being allowed at airports. If you are using a checkpoint-friendly laptop bag, then you may not be asked to remove your laptop from its case. However, if you are asked by security to remove your laptop then revert back to Rule #2 and don’t argue! After this, the next thing you need to do is remember to pick up your laptop. Surprisingly enough, forgetting to retrieve your laptop is a very common occurrence at airports. The best way to make sure it doesn’t happen is to attach a label to your laptop with your name and phone number on it.

Rule #4: Take Your Laptop onto the Plane
You may be tempted to check your laptop in with the rest of your luggage, but this is a big no no because chances are you will never see it again. If you are going to check it in with the rest of your luggage, then be sure to at least put it into another bag. You shouldn’t check it in with your luggage in its own bag because people will be highly tempted to steal it. Your best option is to personally carry it on board with you. Nearly every airline will allow you to carry your laptop on with you. You will be told to keep it turned off until takeoff, but after that you are free to do whatever you want. A new option that some airlines now offer is the availability of WiFi. This will usually incur a fee of around $10. But if you don’t want to take your laptop on board with you, then at least put it in a regular luggage bag, hidden from prying eyes.

Follow these four simple rules and you should have no problem taking your laptop on any flight you take.

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1
Feb

As businesses grow, their needs can change. One year a multi-function printer/fax is sufficient, the next you may need a standalone printer, photocopier and wireless network, so keeping up to date with a computer rental may save you time and money.

Cash flow is king

Computer rental is about cash flow improvement., you don’t have that big investment going out at one time.
and computer rental also enables you to keep up with the latest technology. You’re not looking at a significant investment every time you need to upgrade your equipment.

Afford more

If equipment costs less, logically you can afford more of it.
A growing business may need a network printer for each department, rather than one for the entire organisation. Instead of borrowing money or waiting for the financial stars to align, renting additional printers puts them in the office immediately.
Further, renting leaves cash free and lines of credit open for other business expenses.

Project specific

Take the example of an architecture firm contracted to produce the working drawings for a new office building, with additional staff employed casually to help meet the tight deadline.
Buying new desktop computers and software for each new staff member, who is only to be employed for three months, would cost thousands of dollars.

Renting the equipment:

1. prevents a surplus of computing equipment sitting unused once the project is finished
2. means short-term, fixed-price equipment supply can be factored into project costs
3. means tax deductions for rental fees.
4. protects the business from a short-term cost shock.

In the rapidly evolving world of business, reacting swiftly to change can be the key to boosting income or going broke. While buying your office technology gives you certainty and builds your asset base, there are times when computer rental may be a smarter move.

Contact PCRetro Rentals today for your free quote and solutions on how we can help your business grow affordably.

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22
Jan

PCRetro rentals has several projectors available to rent such as the Toshiba TLP-470 Portable Desktop Projector or the SONY VPL-PX40 SuperBright 3500 ANSI LUMEN LCD Data Projector for the big upcoming game! If you are not ready, then you should be. Our rentals are affordable and we can rent on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Just let us know your needs and we will be more than happy to come up with a package that suits you, and your occasion. We can help you set up, and tear down as well if needed. Don’t get stuck out in the cold on superbowl Sunday… have all your friends over and enjoy the game projected on a LARGE scale! Contact us today at marcia@pcretrorentals.com

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11
Dec

Want to save money? want to have what you need, when you need it? want to be able to produce a smashing presentation? need to use a mac for a school project or photo editing? Want to use a high end, business class computer or laptop for a specific need? then we can help. At PCRetro Rentals we can tailor a contract to fullfill your needs within your budget. Not only will you save money! Let us help you today. Fill out your information on our contact us page for your free quote today!

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6
Nov

Let PCRetro Rentals help you with your upcoming trade show! We can rent Projectors with as high as 4000 lumens, Projector screens, laptops to run your powerpoint slide shows, or contact us and we can help you decide what you need. Whether it’s a D610 wireless laptop for presentations or a Toshiba M200 tablet PC for mobility for your presentation. We can help you with all your needs at a price that is less than most Metro DC competetors! Contact us today to work out a rental plan that works for you!

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5
Nov

With the introduction of Windows Vista and Windows 7, one might be concerned with simple things such as ” will this work with my printer?”, ” will it still run my software?”. Windows vista let us know that sometimes, it’s not always easy upgrading to a new operating system. At PCRetro Rentals, we can rent you a desktop or laptop that will help you with the upgrading process. I have heard that to load the Windows 7 upgrade to a computer that is running Windows Vista, Microsoft’s site ask’s that you upgrade a “clean install”, which means a hard drive that has been formatted. Microsoft is asking you to lose all your data to upgrade? Odd? I think so. If you rent a desktop or laptop from us, you can back up your important information to a working, running, windows XP system, and then later on transfer that irreplaceable data to your new system running Windows 7.
No matter what your needs. We can help you. From simple weekend presentations to months long training. Contact us today and let us tailor a rental agreement to suit your needs. http://www.pcretrorentals.com/contact-us/

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21
Oct

Heres a few tips and tricks to upgrading or migrating to the new Windows 7 operating system that is due to hit stores, and computers on October 22, 2009.

1. The Upgrade Is Worth It
We’ve written about Windows 7’s strong points as well as the weaker points of Windows 7. On balance, we’re confident saying this is the best Microsoft operating system yet. If you’re running any earlier version of Windows, you’ll almost certainly want to upgrade — and you should feel no hesitation about buying new computers preloaded with Windows 7.

2. But It Will Cost You
Apple offers an upgrade to its latest operating system, Snow Leopard, for $30 — and you can even take advantage of it if you don’t have the previous version, Leopard. Not so with Microsoft: You’ll need to pay $120 for the upgrade — or even more, depending on which version you get (unless, of course, you’re a smart shopper and can find a discounted price. See tips 6 and 7 below for details on which version to buy and how to find discounts.) As with previous versions of Windows, Microsoft has created a bewildering array of variations.

3. Double-Check Compatibility With Your Hardware
Paranoid about losing access to some of your third-party accessories and software after upgrading? You should be, at least a little bit. Microsoft claims Windows 7 will work smoothly with most third-party gadgets and software, but to be on the safe side, you should check out the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. The tool automatically scans your system and provides a report of any potential issues that arise, as well as steps to resolve them.

4. Scout for Computers Shipping With Windows 7
If you’ve been shopping for a new computer — but waiting for Windows 7 to come out first — there’s a Microsoft tool to help search for new computers that ship with Windows 7. It’s called PC Scout, and it searches for computers based on your preferences. As of this writing, the results don’t bring up Windows 7 systems (since Windows 7 isn’t officially released yet), but the website clarifies all the computers listed in the database are eligible for a Windows 7 upgrade. That means if you purchase one of those computers today, all you have to pay is $10 for shipping, and you get the Windows 7 upgrade free. By the time Windows 7 ships, the PC Scout should be showing results for computers that include Windows 7.

Amazon customers shopping for Windows 7 computers: There’s a web page just for you. Amazon breaks down lists of netbooks, notebooks and desktops specifically shipping with Windows 7, so definitely check those out.

5. Upgrading From XP? Back up Your Data, Wipe and Migrate
Windows XP users cannot do a straight upgrade; they’ll have to back up their files, format their hard drive and perform a clean install. After your fresh copy of Windows 7 is on your computer, Microsoft offers a tool called Easy Transfer to migrate your files.

(If you’re a Vista user, you’ll be able to upgrade without doing a clean install — though fresh installations are generally recommended for optimal performance anyway whenever you switch to a new operating system.)

6. Know What You Want
Disregard the awful, intimidating Windows 7 upgrade chart when you’re picking a version to buy. Choosing the right version really isn’t as complicated as Microsoft has made it sound in the past. Consumers: The vast majority of you should go with Windows 7 Home Premium. Business users: Most of you will want to go with Windows 7 Professional. (There’s a Windows 7 Ultimate edition, but that’s aimed at a very niche audience of ultra geeks who want to do everything they could possibly imagine doing with their computers.) Again, if you want to be safe, use the Upgrade Advisor to check your hardware and software compatibility.

7. Look for Limited-Time Discounts
If you’re buying Windows 7 while it’s brand new, you shouldn’t be paying the full price. Microsoft and its partners are holding a weeklong sale called “7 Days of Windows 7.” Companies offering Windows 7 discounts with Microsoft include Best Buy, Dell and Acer. You can sign up to hear about daily offers on Windows.com. Also, you can check discount-aggregation sites such as PriceGrabber.com or Froogle.com to find the cheapest Windows 7 deals.

** Credit to www.wired.com for these helpful hints.

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20
Jul

I think that this will make blackberry much more user friendly for Mac users and could boost blackberry sales.

BlackBerry Desktop software, currently available only for Windows, is coming to the Mac.
(Credit: RIM)
At long last, Research In Motion is bringing its BlackBerry Desktop software to Mac OS X.
In a blog post on Monday, RIM announced that a version of its smartphones’ desktop software will be released this September for Apple computers.
According to the smartphone maker, users will be able to sync their iTunes playlists, calendars, contacts, notes, and tasks from their Mac. They will also have the option of adding applications, updating the BlackBerry when new software is made available, and managing multiple handsets on their Apple computers.

BlackBerry Mac software will let you sync your BlackBerry with iTunes.
(Credit: RIM)
Although users will be excited to know BlackBerry software is finally coming to their Mac, some of those users might not be satisfied. RIM said only Mac OS X versions 10.5.5 and up will be supported, meaning that Mac users who haven’t updated Leopard or those running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger likely won’t be able to run the software.
Unlike iPhone software, which can be installed in both Windows PCs and Macs, RIM’s BlackBerry software has been available only for Windows; a third-party tool has been required to enable communication between Macs and BlackBerrys.
If you want to be notified when the software is available when it’s released in September, you’ll need to sign up on RIM’s Mac page.

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