Avoiding Tech Hiccups While Traveling

We Ithacans travel A LOT.  And we travel all over the world. Don't think so...just be friendly while traveling mentioning that you're from Ithaca. Inevitably you'll meet someone who has been to or knows someone that has been to our little cross-road of the world. In all our travels, we virtually never fail to run into someone who has some kind of Ithaca connection! Here's some great advice from our friends at HP about prepping for a business or pleasure trip aboad.

The For U.S. business travelers, venturing overseas with indispensable smartphones, notebooks, and tablets can be a confounding hassle given spotty Wi-Fi service, expensive mobile roaming charges, and heightened security measures—not to mention incompatible electrical sockets.

Here's what you need to know before carrying your must-have mobile devices outside the U.S.

To SIM or not to SIM

Your smartphone is the essential business travel device, but using it while traveling internationally can result in a shockingly high bill. Plan ahead to avoid costly data, voice, and texting charges.

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Which Cookies are Good for You?

It’s open to debate which type of cookie is more prevalent today: the bite-sized snack or the byte-sized data pack. Both can make your life simpler and more pleasurable, but both may also come with side effects. Here’s a recipe to keep the cookies in your life from getting the upper hand.

Cookies that are your friends

Cookies are small packets of information that the sites you visit place on your computer, in many cases to improve your browsing experience. They help Amazon remember what you put in your shopping cart and proffer up your credit card number when you check out, for example. These are called “first-party” cookies, because they work directly for the sites you visit.

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Ergo-whatics?

Many of us live at our desks during the workday.  We're encouraging Computing Center employees who are mostly deskbound to move around several times a day.  We're also providing better desk chairs and some workstations that can be used standing or sitting. 

Evolution shaped you to roam free, to set your muscles and cunning to the task of survival on the savannah. But we rarely roam beyond the walls of our office nowadays, wherever it may be, and evolution hasn’t caught up. These quick and easy fixes can help keep your muscles supple and reactions sharp in today’s professional jungle.

Wear the right shoes
Shoes make a bigger difference in the office than one might think and can directly affect the health of our knees, backs and more. The main culprit is high heels. The more often you forsake style in favor of lower heels and good arch support, the less likely you are experience pain later on down the road — especially if you use a standing desk.

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Time to Ditch you Desktop?

Our friends at Hewlett Packard have a vested interest in providing new PC, laptops and other mobile devices to the industry.  Given that, this is a good discussion of when it's time for a business or organization to consider whether to continue with desktop PCs or consider other devices.

Desktops have supported your business and workforce for years. But with new developments (wireless docking) and new form factors (Ultrabooks, detachables, tablets), desktops are now just one of a number of viable options for businesses looking to replace their aging fleet and/or upgrade their existing capabilities.

So the question is: desktops or mobile devices? Here are four questions to help you make the right decision for your needs.

1. Do you need to upgrade your PCs soon?
While it's nice to think ahead, you probably don't want to replace your desktops while they're still performing well and meeting your needs. As a general guide, large enterprises refresh their PCs once every three years on average,1 while small businesses hold on to their PCs for five to seven years on average.2

Answer yes if:

  • Your desktops are taking longer and longer to start up or complete complex tasks
  • You're holding off on upgrading an important piece of software because you're concerned your desktops can't handle it
  • You're spending more than you'd like on annual PC maintenance

Answer no if:

  • Your desktops are performing as expected
  • Employees have the tools and performance they need to function without unnecessary delays

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One size of printer fits all - No Way!

If Hewlett Packard and other printer manufacturers beleived that one model of printer was right for all uses, why are there so many models at all pricepoints? While this article is HP centric, its points are valid regardless of the printers you use in your business and organization.

How important is business printing? Nearly 73 percent of business owners and decision-makers at companies with 500 employees or less use their printing devices at least four times a day.1 That's pretty important.

To make the most of your resources and opportunities you need a printing solution that is affordable, versatile, and tailored to your specific needs—whether it's for your home office, a retail store, or a large workplace. To help you decide which printer is best for your business, here are five areas of consideration.

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