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January 4th, 2011

2011 is now upon us, so people will be resolving to pursue a zillion different diets, new jobs or exciting relationships. “Top 5 New Year’s Tech Resolutions” contains much more practical advice, and will help Top 5 New Year's Tech Resolutions anyone who works regularly with a computer (or an office full of ‘em).

1. Think “safety first” – The Macintosh and Windows Operating Systems (OS) both update components automatically, with your approval, of course. This keeps your security patches and other OS components current, and many of your installed productivity applications have the same feature. Use Software Update under the Apple menu in the Mac OS, and the Windows Update application in Vista and Windows 7. CRE computer rentals, of course, are always updated and good to go.

2. Check the basics – Whether you need MacBook Pro rentals or A/V equipment, CRE will supply flawless working devices with perfect, flexible, unkinked cords and cables. The fact is, power cords, USB/FireWire cables, printer connections and other cables do go bad, especially when bent 90 degrees behind furniture or crushed under heavy peripherals on desks.

3. Firewalls and weapons – In addition to a constantly updated OS, a comprehensive security strategy includes a good firewall and several powerful anti-malware and anti-virus utilities. No single approach catches everything, so get a few well-reviewed products. Since e-mail brings most viruses and Trojan horses to your PC, it’s vital that your anti-virus program scan incoming messages and attachments. CRE ensures that all desktops, laptops and tablet PC rentals are 100% trouble-free.

4. Keep cool – High-tech equipment tends to get warm (some kinds more than others), so always maintain enough airflow over, under, around and through the various components to keep them cool – the computer itself along with monitors, external drives, printers and the rest. When layers of dust build up over time on components inside your PC, printer or other device, overheating can result. A quick blast of canned air once a month or so will keep things cool in both tower computers like Mac Pro rentals as well as rack-mount servers, printers and other devices.

5. Back up to go forward – Storage is so cheap that you can make a complete backup (or clone) of system components, work documents, program files and everything else. Your PC’s internal hard drive is likely your primary drive, but if you have external or online storage you need to back up those devices, also. Windows Backup in Windows 7 is a good tool, as is Time Machine in Mac OS X. Both can automate backups in customized ways.

CRE Account Executives are the people to call when you need powerful tools for your digital workflow or expert event production services. Give us a call, send an e-mail or fill out the Quick Rental Quote form, but remember.– whatever your goals for the New Year, we’re here to help you achieve them. That’s our resolution, in 2011 and beyond.

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