Friday, October 29, 2010

Technology Rentals Help Evaluate Office Spending

Small Business Computer RentalsIf you own a small business, then you know that buying the wrong office equipment can be a very costly mistake. That is why it is always best to try before you buy, so why not try renting your office equipment? I mean, we rent movies, we rent games, we rent appliances, heck, we even rent houses and cars so why should office equipment be any different?

There are many problems that renting a computer, or any piece of equipment for that matter, can help you avoid. Frequent travelers or commuters need portable technology that is both up-to-date and reliable. They need the assurance that their equipment is going to perform well and even travel well. Finding the right balance between portability and performance isn't easy.

Since the fastest machines can also be the heaviest, many people tend to sacrifice power for convenience. That is why it would probably be a good idea to try out your equipment first. You can rent a computer for a month which gives you the perfect amount of time to "test drive" it.

One common complaint that is heard throughout the technological rental world is that notebook batteries are not as good as they should be. Despite what the specifications say, you truly will not know how the battery performs until you test it for yourself.

Desktops and plasma rentals are very popular and come in a wide range of prices as well as a wide range of options. How can you really tell if the $800 model is better than the $600 model? You can make out a list of your basic needs, but until you see the computer in action, you won't be able to accurately determine if it is the right device for you.

But what is a computer without a monitor? Monitors vary greatly in their quality and response time and picture quality can vary drastically across models. Is the 24" monitor worth it or will the 18" do just fine? Renting a monitor will help you settle the dispute first hand.

With great computers comes great peripherals. Wired is out and wireless is in with today's tech savvy renters. However, even peripherals, like mice, have devices that are better than others. Do you go with a laser mouse or an optical mouse? Is the performance difference really worth the $40 to $60 price difference? Why not rent both and find out for yourself?

If you are like so many small businesses out there, then you know that there is little room to maneuver when it comes to budgeting. Spending more money than you necessarily have to is never a good option. A better solution is taking some of your budget and using it on a computer or equipment rental, ensuring that you know exactly what you are getting before you blow the big bucks on it.
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Friday, October 22, 2010

TCEA 2011 Convention*

austin convention center
The Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) is holding their 2011 Convention and Exposition February 7th to 11th in Austin, Texas. This five day convention offers amazing hands-on and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, interactive learning environments in which to explore new education trends, and fascinating presentations from leading education technology experts. It is one of the largest conventions of its kind in the country and, in fact, the largest education technology convention in Texas.

This convention is targeted at educators who wish to expand their skills and learn even more about integrating technology into the classroom. The convention features more than 400 sessions and workshops all surrounding the subject of the latest technology trends in relation to education. There will be presentations, round table sessions, intimate learning sessions, hands-on workshops, panel presentations, and exhibitor tutorial sessions.

Some of the keynote speakers that will be featured at the convention are: Leigh Anne Tuohy, the woman portrayed by Sandra Bullock in the movie The Blind Side that helped NFL player Michael Oher; Mark Nizer, an incredible comedic illusionist who will be giving a 3D presentation; and David Pogue, a personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Some of the featured presenters include: Tony Vincent, Joan Gore, Janet Corder, Tim Chase, Michael Butler, Jennifer Wagner, Ginno Kelley, and Tammy Worcester.

The 2011 convention is being held at the Austin Convention Center right in downtown Austin. The exhibit hall that is being utilized by TCEA spans more than 245,000 square feet. There will be vendors who are ready to demonstrate instructional and administrative software, Internet, LAN/WAN, staff development, desktop and network security, and more. The exhibit hall will be open Wednesday, February 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, February 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday, February 11th from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

If you’re wondering where to stay, TCEA has reserved hotel rooms at 17 different hotels in Austin discounted rates. Some of these hotels include: Headquarters Hotel Hilton Austin, Courtyard Marriot, Drury Inn & Suites, Embassy Suites Downtown/Lake Town, Four Seasons, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Regency Austin, the Radisson, the Sheraton, and more. Pricing of the rooms range anywhere from $105 to $259. To get a discounted room, you must make your reservation online at the TCEA 2011 website.

If you want to register for 2011 TCEA Convention, you should do it as soon as you can. There is a discount if you register before November 1st. Here is the registration pricing:

tcea registration chart

This is a fantastic convention that is perfect for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of technology within the classroom. The TCEA 2011 Convention promises to be helpful to educators and interesting to speculators. If you’re planning on attending the convention, you should definitely get your tickets soon. For more information check out TCEA’s official 2011 Convention website.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

National FFA Convention 2010*

National FFA Convention 2010The 83rd National FFA Convention is once again coming to the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana from October 20 to October 23, 2010. The National FFA Organization is an American Career and Technical Student Organization for middle and high school students who express interest in as well as promote and support agricultural learning.

The National FFA Organization was founded in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America and has over 507, 763 members which are a part of 7,439 chapters scattered around all 50 states and including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

For those of you who are not familiar with the FFA Convention, it is simply an event where FFA members from all across the country can gather and discuss future plans, participate in career development events and learn more about the future of the agricultural industry in America.

This year's FFA Convention will feature a plethora of different keynotes, discussions, workshops and activities for FFA members to partake in. Members of the FFA will be able to discuss all the ins and outs of the agricultural industry as well as exchange and brainstorm ideas about future plans and things that could improve the agricultural industry in America.

If you are planning on attending the FFA Convention 2010, then you better get your tickets now because the event is less than a week away. This is the one event you do not want to miss if you are in the FFA or interested in the agricultural industry at all.

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Friday, October 01, 2010

Hotel Rates Increasing for the Traveling Businessman

Hotel RoomAlthough we are in an economic "slump" right now, there have been a few, very few, benefits to the poor economic condition of our country. One such benefit was that the traveling businessman would see a decrease in hotel rates whenever they found themselves traveling to their next trade show in a big city.

But that trend seems to be decreasing ever since the economy has tried to boost itself back up. Hotel rates have been rising steadily in some major trade show cities. According to the September 2010 Hotel Price Index, there was a 2% global increase in average hotel room rates paid in the beginning half of this year for the first time since the end of 2007.

Hotel rates in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Dallas and Toronto, which are all very popular trade show cities, have had hotel rates that have risen. Thankfully, some cities, like Chicago, have stayed the same while cities like San Diego and Orlando have hotel rates that are continuing to decrease.

According to Vice President of Marketing for North America Victor Owens, "Business capitals of the world, such as New York, London and Singapore, are seeing significant price hikes again. The return of corporate travel, more so in North America than Europe, has been and continues to be a key factor in stabilizing and even improving hotel rates."

Hotels that heavily rely on corporate travel lowered their room rates to record lows in 2009 in order to fill rooms and meet occupancy quotas. The most expensive city on the list for 2010 is New York City coming in with an average rate of $224 as opposed to last year's $199. In 2008 hotel rooms were more expensive with rates as high as $262.

Rates in Washington, D.C. rose more than $50 to $195 a night as opposed to $144 last year. Contrary to D.C., Orlando has had steadily decreasing rates with an average of $88 per night as opposed to last year's $94.

However, according the the report, the biggest rate decrease hit Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, dropping from $304 to $163, a staggering 46% decrease from last year. The Asia-Pacific market bottomed out last year and is now recovering with rates rising in Shanghai, Singapore, Seoul and Hong Kong.

While the increase in hotel rates may seem bad for the traveling businessman, it sure seems like it means good things for the economy.
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