It’s that time of year again when parents start preparing to send their kids off to College/University. There is so much to sort out and most of it costs a lot of money – that includes their IT needs. Kids want laptops and netbooks and IPads and IPods and Smartphones and whatever else the current favourite tech is. Continue reading
Orbits are delighted to have been invited to host two workshops at the Welsh Tenants Federation AGM in September. Watch this space for more information on the workshop topic, it will be interesting, relevant and hands-on.
We will also have an exhibition stand, so if you don’t make the workshop come past and say hello.
I’ve just stumbled across a very interesting Broadband comparison site. Not your standard compare each broadband provider, but compare what service and speeds your neighbours are getting. Continue reading
You wouldn’t trust an unqualified, inexperienced mechanic to fix your car and you wouldn’t take advice on building an extension from a plumber so how do you make sure you are getting the right team to look after your IT systems? Orbits give you the things to look for in your next IT support provider: Continue reading
A white paper released by Mindteck, an IT services and consultancy company, contains data about Windows PC power consumption during idle, low-use and high-use scenarios.
The paper, titled Enabling Green Computing with Windows 7, is primarily concerned with the benefits of implementing power management policy on Windows 7 computers. However, of probably more interest to our clients, they also investigated the difference between Windows 7 and Windows XP.
|Power consumption (Watts)|
|OS||Windows XP||Windows 7||Percent improvement|
|Older Desktop (P4)||64.2||68.7||106.2||57.3||66.1||79.4||10.75%||3.78%||25.24%|
|High-end Desktop (Core i7)||50.5||54.3||78.0||45.2||49.1||66.8||10.50%||9.54%||14.36%|
Windows 7 performs better even with older hardware (Dell Pentium 4 Desktop). These results are for the standard out-of-the-box drivers, but Windows 7 still performs better in every scenario with manually updated drivers for the specific chipset.
According to stats released by Statcounter, Windows 7 has overtaken the market share of Windows Vista. This only a year after its release.
Having upgraded from a Nokia N95 to a HTC Desire with Android OS a few months ago, I am now able to give my opinion on the phone and the OS for business users.
What I needed from a business phone:
- Call and Text – Pretty standard these, you wouldn’t buy a phone that couldn’t do this!
- Email on the Go.
- Remote Access to PC/Servers.