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27Jan/110

Romania Noted As Having Europe’s Best Broadband

Broadband InternetLooking for the fastest internet speeds? Why not try over in Europe where a lot of interesting things have been happening with their internet speeds? According to recent reports, The Netherlands was able to achieve the highest percentage of connections in the world for 5-10Mbps speed range. In addition to that, mobile connection speeds in Germany more than doubled. But that is just the beginning. Over on the west coast of Europe, Romania (more specifically Constanta) had an incredible 39.2 Mbps average connection speed.

What was the method used in supporting a claim like this? Well, according to Akamai, they gathered the data from other information gathered from the stuff that passes over their global server network. Akamai stated that this can be a valid base of observations on "key internet statistics" like broadband adoption, mobile connectivity, "attack traffic" and other things.

Because of that, it says that in the third quarter of 2010 over 533 million unique IP addresses from more than 235 countries connected to its network. This was a 20% increase year over year. 12% more British connected, 15% more from Spain, 5.9% from Germany and 9.9% from France.

Romania now has a 7.0Mbps connection speed on average leading The Netherlands (6.3Mbps), Latvia (6.0Mbps), the Czech Republic (5.4Mbps), Switzerland (5.3Mbps) and Denmark (5.0Mbps). Romania was only one of four countries in the world to reach average peak connection speeds of 30Mbps or more along with South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong.

Monaco and Latvia increased by 65% and 64% respectively to both go to 23Mbps. Belgium and Portugal increased by 40% and Sweden achieved the slowest year-on-year increase at just under 4%. Broadband rates over 5Mbps showed consistent growth with Romania leading once again as 50% of connections are at speeds greater than 5Mbps.

So if you are planning on making a trip to Europe and are looking for the place with the best internet speeds then you would be well versed to head on over to the west coast and check out Romania because they aren't any faster in any other part of the continent.

Source: Computer Business Review


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18Jan/110

HI-TEC 2011

Technology conferences are all the rave nowadays and boy are there a lot of them. One worth noting is HI-TEC 2011. HI-TEC, or High Impact Technology Exchange Conference, is one of the biggest technological conferences of the year and takes place annually at the Hyatt regency in San Francisco from July 25 to July 28.

HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technical education where technical educators, counselors, industry professionals and technicians have a chance to meet people like them, form business relationships and increase their knowledge and skill in the technological industry.

The event, aimed at educating America's technical workforce, focuses on the preparation needed by the workforce of today as well as the workforce of the future for companies in the high-tech sectors that are vital in making our nation's economy advance and run smoothly.

There are a lot of things to explore at HI-TEC 2011. The event explores the convergence of scientific disciplines and technologies like electronics, micro and nano technologies, advanced manufacturing technologies, technicians in the workplace, engineering technologies, learning and evaluation, biotechnology and chemical process technologies, information, geospatial and security technologies and the best practices in technology education.

HI-TEC is focused at attendees like faculty from universities and community colleges, industry professionals, workforce development advocates, counselors, high school teachers and technicians.

HI-TEC is also supported by the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program seeks to strengthen the skills of technicians whose work is essentially important to the nation's prosperity and security. Through collaborations with two-year institutions and industry, ATE centers and projects ensure that the future technical workforce receives the necessary tools and education in order to excel professionally as well as meet the needs of the ever-growing high-tech industries.

HI-TEC 2011 will be taking place from July 25, 2011 until July 28, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco, California.

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13Jan/110

Audio Visual Equipment: The Basics

Audio Visual Meeting EquipmentTechnology is making huge waves in the business world. With business people striving harder and harder every day to come up with the most high-tech presentations and meetings in order to get their point across, it is no wonder technology is in such high demand. While people may know what each piece of their equipment is for, they may not know where it plugs in or how to operate it or even if it is working correctly. Knowing the basics of your audio visual equipment could be the difference in making your presentation a huge success or a flop.

After you have made your presentation, tested your soundtrack, practiced your slideshow and are ready to go, what do you do next? Well that's simple, get a projector and get a screen because it is almost time to give your presentation. Multimedia projectors have come a long way in recent years. Almost all models have the necessary hookups for connecting any kind of device that has a video output. Connect anything from a high-end laptop to even a VCR and you are almost ready to go. The next thing you need to focus on is sound.

Your presentation will most likely use an audio track from a C.D. or MP3 which simplifies things. But that is not the only thing involved in making sure you have the right audio. The next step is asking yourself how big is the room? If you are making a small presentation to a group of 6 to 8 people then the built-in speakers on your projector should do the job with no problem. If your group is larger and in a larger room, however, then you will need to consider different ways of amplifying the sound in order for everybody in the room to hear clearly.

Projectors today have a plethora of audio output options from basic RCA connectors and 1/8-inch mini-jacks to S/PDIF digital on your more high-end devices. Many people tend to connect an amplifier to the right projector outlet and then connect speakers to the amplifier. But that is a little complicated and takes a lot more time. You also have to spend more money on equipment that you do not need. Thankfully, there are much simpler solutions in today's increasingly technological world.

Manufacturers have created a new product by building small amplifiers into speaker cabinets. This is extremely useful for people in any field that requires amplified sound and, especially, business people who frequently hold meetings or presentations. These units, known as amplified monitors, can attach via anything from old-fashioned speaker wire to 1/4-inch jacks. Plus, if you do have a problem, there are plenty of adapters around.  Just do a little research and you will have no problem.

If you do have a problem, Rentacomputer.com is there to help. They have a full line of Audio Visual Rentals that are delivered by a local technician who will set up, install and test everything to ensure that it is working properly.

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4Jan/110

Tech Resolutions for the New Year

New Year's Tech ResolutionsEverybody makes New Year's Resolutions. Whether it be dieting, working out more or spending more time with the family, everybody makes resolutions. But, have you ever made a New Year's tech resolution? A tech resolution is more practical and will definitely be helpful for anybody who regularly works with a computer.

1. Safety First

Mac and Windows OS both have automatic updating. This allows your security patches and other OS components to remain current. Many of your installed productivity applications have this feature as well. Use the software update under the Apple menu or the Windows Update application for Windows 7.

2. Check the Basics

A lot of people go to great lengths in order to hide cables and cords that run from their different technological devices. While it may make your setup look nice, the fact of the matter is that all of these cables will go bad if they are stuck at a 90° angle or crushed under a piece of furniture. So make sure your cables are all working on par.

3. Firewalls and Security

A comprehensive security strategy is a good thing to have in addition to an updated OS. This includes having a good firewall as well as several anti-malware and anti-virus utilities. Having a few different security measures is always a good idea. You will also want a system that scans incoming email due to the fact that most viruses come through email.

4. Don't Overheat

Computers and equipment have this crazy tendency to generate heat. That is why it is important to keep a steady stream of airflow going over, under and around your equipment. Overheating can occur fast if you let layers of dust build up on your machines. A blast of canned air once a month can work wonders with all of your devices.

5. Have a Backup

System storage nowadays is extremely cheap which makes it easy for you to create backups of all your system components, work documents, program files etc... The internal hard drive of your PC is most likely your primary drive. However, if you have online or external storage then you need to back up those devices.

Making a few, simple tech resolutions for the new year could work wonders on your technological devices. You always want the best equipment and you always want your equipment to be running as efficiently as possible so do what it takes to make it so.

Source: CRE

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