Since 2005, the sales of laptops have displaced those of desktop PCs in the United States. Due a constant drop in price rapid technical improvements and the swift evolution and extension of the WAN technology, notebooks are destined to replace desktops in most areas both professionally and at home. Laptops will account for more than half of the worldwide PC shipments by 2011, according to a new report by IDC. According to the Gartner Group, worldwide some 257.1 million PCs will ship this year, and 60 percent of them will be desktops. PC growth for 2007 should be around 7% while laptops will grow by 18.6% and will continue to maintain a double digit growth at least until 2010. Desktop sales are still strong in the EMEA and Latin America with about 60% of all shipments. In more mature markets notebooks have taken over and continue to grow at a much faster pace. This would hardly shocking news. Notebooks take up much less space than desktops, they're portable, and given their relatively low cost compared to a few years ago, you can just buy a new one when you decide you want to upgrade. Specific reasons of the evolution from desktop to laptop: - Price: While laptops are still more expensive than desktops for the same power/capacity, the gap is constantly narrowing. In 2000 you could expect to pay almost double for a laptop comparable to average desktop priced around $1,000. In 2007, you can expect a $300 to $500 difference depending on brands. - Power: The same applies here. Even in the early 2000s, any heavy database user or serious gamer would not hesitate one second in between a desktop or a laptop. While there is still an advantage for desktop, this barrier has come down drastically; in fact many IT departments have migrated to laptops and only the most serious queries are run on servers. The same applies to gamers where only the most demanding games need to be run on the most advanced desktop. For the average user using office and going online the desktop have no specific advantages - WiFi/Portability: The explosion of wifi spots is a decisive factor that explains the migration to laptops. Years ago, laptops where generally used because you could take them with you when traveling, nowadays in many areas you can work while traveling (airports, trains, restaurants, coffee shops) are among the location where you can actually go online at a very comfortable speed. You can even use such tool as Skype with a wireless laptop and have video conference anywhere you have WiFi access. In addition, laptops are continually getting lighter and screen sizes bigger. Most new laptops come with 17 inch screens and weigh under 7 pounds. Those with 15 inch monitors generally weigh under 5 pounds. You can buy them new starting below $400 The desktop will not go away anytime soon, they will slowly evolve in a different market demand such as Media PC environment (TV tuner, DVR, radio, music) for the home or used as back up device for your laptop. Chances are that when it is time to replace your DVD player you will may buy a PC and you will also get use to download TV shows on your computer and watch them on your TV. Whats next for laptops? - On one hand they will continue to improve in the traditional way catching up with the desktops in term of power and capacity and slowly replacing desktop for most needs. - Another aspect is the extra portability evolution already underway with mini laptops, palmtops, tablet PCs and touch screen laptops. Combining extreme portability and WiFi, these mini laptops will replace gradually paper and pads, order sheets, notebooks and others... As you write or type any information on your mini laptop (orders, notes, drawings, questionnaires.) you have the ability to immediately save, sync or communicate the results.
By Michael J. AlltonWeb Designer / Ownerwww.StadiaStudio.comUnless youve built a website just to showcase your collection of salt and pepper shakers, you probably want to attract some visitors. If your business depends on your site attracting visitors and soliciting sales, then web traffic is essential.Simply submitting your site to search engines is not enough. You should work with your Webmaster to implement these ten tips to increase the level of traffic to your site.1.Content, Content, ContentFirst and foremost, make sure that your site is informative! Dont just list your services, elaborate on what you do and why you do it well. The more detailed you are in your website, the better your search engine results will be.2.Classified AdsTake advantage of the variety of free online classified ad websites and get the word out about your new site!Be sure to always post a working link to your website. Get help from your webmaster on the proper html coding for a classified ad post if you need it.3.ArticlesOne of the best steps you can take to promote your site is to write and publish articles (just like this one!). First, an informative article helps establish that youre an expert in your particular field. Once a reader finishes the article, they may be inclined to follow a link to your website to learn more about you and your business.More importantly, once youve distributed your article to some of the many online article directories, youll have created additional links back to your website that search engines will see and count. More on that in a moment.4.Local DirectoriesThere are two basic kinds of directories that should interest you. First, there are regional directories, perhaps for your local metropolitan area, then there are industry-specific directories.These are similar to search engines in that they list other web sites, but theyre compiled and organized differently. Additionally, many directories allow you to create an online profile that will include information about your business, rather than just a link to your website.Take a few minutes to do some searches for directories in your area and in your industry, and submit your site to any you find appropriate.5.NewslettersOnline Newsletters or eZines are a great way to keep your existing and potential clients aware of news or changes within your business. If your business model can support a regular newsletter, you should encourage visitors to your website to sign up for it. You might offer them a free copy of one of the great articles youve already written, as a reward for signing up.When youre writing for your newsletter, make sure that each of your topics has a Title, a Teaser, then a link back to your website to read the rest of the topic. If your topics are interesting and timely, then youll ensure repeat visits to your site.6.Forums and NewsgroupsAnother way to attract new visitors is to participate in online forums and discussions. Be sure to take the time to understand what the forum or newsgroup is about, and be respectful of other members. Simply posting ads or links to your website will likely just get you banned. Instead, post comments or questions that are on point, including a simple link to your site in your signature, and youll be rewarded with interested responses and visitors to your site.7.Press ReleasesMany businesses forget the power of a press release. When you have something thats newsworthy, like the opening of your business, let the press know! Theyre happy to print your release if they think it will be interest to their readers.When distributing press releases, be sure to look for online PR distributors, as well as your local news media. There are sites you can post your release for free, and other sites that will distribute your release for a nominal fee.8.Blogs, Social Networking and Social BookmarkingBlogs are online journals, and there are a number of websites that offer free blogging accounts. With your online journal, you can post a few tips or even full-fledged articles. If you submit new posts consistently, and the topics are interesting, youll start to attract a variety of visitors.There are a variety of networking sites, both social and professional, that will allow you to create an online profile for yourself and your business. Finally, you should look in to creating accounts on several of the social bookmarking sites that have cropped up. These are sites that allow you to simply bookmark and comment on other websites.9.Reciprocal LinksIts very important that you find other websites that are willing to put a link on their site to yours. Some of the above methods will help accomplish this, but you should also give some thought to other site options, particularly sites that are related to your business. For instance, you might see if your Chamber of Commerce has a website, and if they do, make sure you have a link by your membership name. You might also consider other businesses that compliment yours, like how a mortgage company and a title company are complimentary. When approaching these businesses, you would offer to put a link on your site to their business, in exchange for a link on their site to your own business.Not only will visitors to these other sites see the link to your site and follow it, but as we discussed previously, these additional links to your site will help your search engine ranking tremendously. Each link on a non-directory website is like a vote of confidence in you and your website.10.Email and LettersThere are a variety of other ways to promote your website. For instance, every piece of communication that comes from your business should include your web address. Your email can have it in the signature, your letterhead can have it in the address area, and certainly it should be included on business cards.Make sure that your email address is from your website and not your internet service provider. Why advertise for ABC.net when you could be advertising for YourCompany.com?So, I hope that youve gained a couple of ideas on how you can promote your website, and note that none of the above methods has to cost you any money, just a little time and effort. You can find links to online services providing many of the resources mentioned above on our website here: http://www.stadiastudio.com/resources.htm. Good luck!Michael is the lead web designer and owner at Stadia Studio (http://www.StadiaStudio.com), a web design firm in St. Louis, and has been helping businesses get online since the 1990s.
Adobe Dreamweaver (Check a review at http://www.small-software-utilities.com/software/web-tools/30/adobe-dreamweaver/) has been a solid Web design tool for years. Each new version has consistently made Dreamweaver up to date with the latest and greatest tools.The new CS3 version integrates the program with the Adobe Creative Suite, (that's the CS in the name) . You can also buy only this component to use Dreamweaver, but Adobe would appreciate it if you did. This latest version of Dreamweaver stands on its own as an integrated Web development tool, and even casual Web geeks may find it irresistible. It's not that cheao: $399.00 for the complete version the upgrade for only $199, while the student discount is about 50%. Dreamweaver CS3 has an even easier GUI than the previous versions, and of course has more options built in. The casual Web developer may never use all the tools available in this program, but on the other hand, you may need just the one tool that is in this newer version that wasn't in the version that you have.Many web developers are not too eager to change their software often, but this new tool will be the one that will change their minds! They'll be running to get their new shiny copy of Adobe "Dreamweaver CS3" ! Among the flashy (pun intended) new features is a very neatly integrated flash tool. The info page at http://adobemax06.com/?page_id=30 has a little video that gives you not only some instruction on how to put flash into your page, but the video also gives you a good view of the GUI and how it works. It may be worth a few viewings if you want to see everything. A trial version of the software is also available: trials are a good way to check out the features without putting cash on the line. The other benefit, besides checking out the S/W is checking if it is time to buy a new computer.Your old PC might be good enough for browsing the Web, but may fall short of what you need to produce the Web pages you, or your customer, wants/needs. Dealing with thousands of pages, and using templates to change them all, can be a resource.consuming task, but also a great way to change completely the structure of your site without modifying all the pages manually. The look and feel of Dreamweaver has also been improved, which makes this tool one of my favourite in the web design field!Create website and CSS templates (look at http://www.sagrantinoict.it/) with the new Dreamweaver version!
The Motorola V3i is an updated version of the tremendously popular Razr V3. The V3i keeps the same sleek and compact design the original Razr was so loved for, but this version is offered in a classy metallic graphite finish. While the color is the only change in the appearance of the V31, all the features of the Razr have been improved, although some changes are very subtle.The caller ID screen on the outside is rather small, leaving the shiny casing to become easily smudged from fingerprints, but the V3i is an overall gorgeous phone. The clamshell design flips open easily to answer calls without touching a button, and snaps shut to end them. Users do have to remember to end their calls manually if they are using the speakerphone mode, however.The buttons and switches around the exterior of the phone all fit smoothly into the design of the V3i and are very easy to use. The keypad is similar to that of the V3, with easy to distinguish keys and great responsiveness. Also like the original, the V3i is a quad band mobile phone, making it ideal for international usage.The low resolution camera of the Razr V3 has been improved to a 1.2 megapixel camera that features an 8x digital zoom and is capable of video as well. The V3is camera is still very poor quality compared to other camera phones on the market, but it is great for occasional usage or for picture messaging. Another greatly appreciated upgrade seen in the V3i is the addition of a music player. Though the version that includes iTunes software is not available in the UK, the V3i features an easy to use MP3 player that can be controlled through the phones exterior keys. Musical playback is available in flight mode and can be used with headsets or played through the phones speaker, which provides fairly good quality. The music player also allows users to create play lists for more convenience.The internal memory features of the V3i are not very impressive, with only 12 MB of storage. MicroSD cards can be used to expand the memory and to store music for play lists, but the card slots are located under the battery cover, making them difficult to access. The 64 MB memory card included with the V3i can easily hold about 150 tunes, but anyone desiring more file storage will have to remove the battery cover.Although the features of the Motorola V3i are rather outdated compared to other mobile phones, it is a great improvement over the original Razr. If youre looking for a sleek and trendy clamshell Razr phone, but want the added convenience of a functional camera and MP3 player, the V3i is perfect.
In any endeavor, businesses must watch the bottom line. The acquisition of new technology is no exception. Computer rentals are an ideal solution for businesses wanting to use current technology while staying on budget.When can you make use of computer rentals? Anytime and anywhere. Consider: Conferences and tradeshows. In a busy exhibition hall, you need to stand out, but it hardly makes sense to purchase an LCD projector or plasma screen and a brand new, super-fast laptop. With "computer rentals" , and rentals of other equipment, you can get new equipment to create a dazzling audio-visual display without putting a huge dent in your hardware budget. Travel Whether you are headed to the aforementioned tradeshow or going to a client meeting, computer rentals can save you the hassles of traveling with equipment. National vendors will deliver anywhere you need to go, so you can travel light. Or, if you have only a desktop in your office, take advantage of computer rentals to get a laptop for your next business trip. You can stay in touch and be productive while you travel. Training If your company provides training to customers or is planning some internal training, computer rentals can give you all the hardware you need to set up a complete classroom. With the right vendor, you can even rent servers and printers to set up a mini-network dedicated to training.When planning your computer rentals, be sure to consider the following points: If your project ends early, will you be penalized for returning equipment early? What about project overruns? Can you keep your equipment beyond the original end date of your rental agreement? Flexibility is incredibly important in computer rentals. Research vendors to find one with flexible rental options. What kind of inventory does the vendor have? Will you be getting new equipment from top manufacturers? Does the vendor have sufficient inventory to meet your needs? Can you change your equipment when new models come on the market? This option pertains mainly to long-term rentals, but you should ask your vendor before signing your rental agreement. After all, one of the benefits of computer rentals is access to the newest technology. The data on your rented computers also needs to be dealt with. Does the vendor wipe the machines clean after you return them? Also consider whether you need to rent a CD or DVD burner or hard drive to copy your data from your rented machine. Technical support is critical. Find out whats involved in tech support for your computer rentals - phone, e-mail, on-site? What is the vendors response time? Does the vendor offer testimonials or references about their service?Computer rentals from a reputable vendor are a cost-effective solution for any size of business. Do your research and youre sure to find the equipment you need at a price you can afford. Take a quick run through with your computer rental expert to make sure you get the most out of the time you are spending with your audience.