Saturday, July 21, 2007

Email in Paradise?

Going on vacation means getting away from the normal routines and hassles of life. For some people, email and technology are included in the hassle category. However, if you need to stay connected then keep reading.

If you own a laptop computer, many resorts and hotels have Internet access available in the rooms or in a central location. Access can be free or pay by the minute.
Wireless (Wi-Fi) access is also becoming more common. If your laptop has wireless capability, then it might be worth lugging it through the airport. Check ahead of time to see if your destination has on-site computers available. If so, leave the laptop at home.

Internet cafes can be found world wide. For a small fee, email is just a few clicks away. Public libraries in larger cities may also have free access.

My suggestion is to find a nice beach chair under a coconut tree and forget about your inbox for a few days. The spam will still be waiting when you get back home.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Shopping for a New Computer?

The end of summer is a good time to buy a new computer. Heck, anytime is a good time to buy a new computer!

If you are interested in an Apple computer, I would suggest waiting for the new iMac that is rumored to be coming out in late July to late August. The new desktop all-in-one iMac will be faster and slimmer than the current offerings.

Of course, Apple has a wide range of laptops as well. Do not forget that Apple also offers an Educator's discount. The discount is available at any Apple Store if you bring a union card or other identification. Discounts are usually in the $100 range for computers and they even have discounts on iPods.

If you are in the PC camp, then numerous options exist. The district has discounts through Dell. Gabriel S. or Kaye K. can provide the discount information.

Happy shopping!