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SSD Solid State Drive

SSD Solid State DriveIf your office PC is beginning to run more slowly, then it is a sure sign that the time has come to upgrade its hardware. You do not always have to go to the trouble of replacing an entire PC, though. An upgrade is available that is cheap, quick, and makes a bigger difference to your system speed than any other upgrade: replacing your machine’s hard drive with a Solid State Drive (or SSD).

What is an SSD?

The Solid State Drive is a direct replacement for a hard disk. Unlike a hard drive, which is a mechanical device that consists of a magnetic head that reads from a spinning platter, an SSD has no moving parts whatsoever. An SSD is entirely made of solid state electronics. Think of it as being like a bigger version of a memory stick. Because it has no moving parts, it is more energy efficient than a mechanical drive and far less susceptible to failure.

A 5-year old computer running an SSD will boot up quicker than a brand new one with a hard drive. In fact, your logon time can be as little as 5 to 10 seconds compared to many minutes on an old machine. Often your PC boots up before your monitor switches out of energy saving mode!

Digitalquill – Computer upgrades in Hull, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Digitalquill’s IT support division can help you upgrade your hard drives to SSDs. We can supply the equipment and install it for you, copying your existing data across, to save time and effort. We can make sure that we fully backup and restore your system in order to have a seamless transition. You will notice an immense speed boost in day to day usage of your computer right away. We can install an SSD into almost any desktop or laptop machine.

Call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email support@digitalquill.co.uk or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk for more information.

 

Data Terminal

For many years, we have been installing systems for access control, inspection monitoring and asset tracking. As well as our powerful software solutions, we also incorporate hardware to create a seamless experience for the end-users. Our data terminals are in use all over the world wherever Digitalquill RFID systems and software is used, and we are now offering them for sale as a product for third parties.

Linux Powered Data Terminals

Data TerminalsDigitalquill’s data terminals can be used anywhere that you would use a computer, but do not need – or would not desire – a complete desktop system. They are a versatile and cost-effective hardware solution to assist with tasks including:

  • Data collection
  • Data inputting
  • Controlling other hardware
  • Monitoring sensors
  • Linking other ‘unintelligent’ hardware and other applications or the cloud

 

The Data Terminals operate with a customised version of Debian Linux. This you can easily configure them to put them to almost any purpose. It is possible to add new functionality easily by writing new software, and we offer VPN services that will allow you to access them remotely.

Digitalquill uses these data terminals to manage our databases – some of which have trillions of records. The standard incorporates 2GB of RAM and a powerful quad-core processor – and they can be built to whatever specifications you require.

Data terminals can be supplied with:

  • up to 4 external USB ports
  • 1 x external Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 1 x external HDMI port
  • 4 inch integrated touch screen
  • Battery backup as standard (allows the terminal to run for an hour without power)
  • Remote field battery capability (24-48 hour on battery power alone with optional solar panel chagrinned)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 module
  • Wireless 802.11n
  • Serial RS232 and S485
  • Electronic i/o relays
  • 8GB storage as standard, which is expandable to 256gb
  • Optional SSD hard drive storage
  • 3G or 4G modem

For more information and pricing details, call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email support@digitalquill.co.uk or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk.

 

Business Computer Hull

Business Computer HullWhen you need a new computer for the office, it is tempting to take advantage of some of the deals that are available on consumer PCs. Many have the same brand name as business PC but they are not quite the same thing, and it pays, in the long run, to use a dedicated business product – even if you only use a computer part of the time.

Business PC Features

When you buy a new computer, you need certain features and software to be built-in and ready to go. For a business, you need your network to be more secure, and you will need full versions of business software such as Microsoft Office. The operating system that comes pre-installed on a business computer will have many features the consumer options don’t, such as the ability to join corporate networks. Computers that are designed for home use will come with a very basic operating system such as Windows Starter Edition or Windows Home Edition, which may lead to you needing expert assistance to link them to a secure business network successfully.

Usage Requirements

Think about how often you’ll be using the computer for business. If the computer is predominantly for home use and only occasionally used for work, then a consumer PC with the appropriate work software and settings may be fine. If the computer is going to be used mostly for business use, then it should be a proper business-class computer. The build quality of PCs designed for heavy usage is much better than that of consumer machines.

Build Quality

It will probably not come as a surprise that consumer PCs are not as durable and reliable as dedicated business machines. Most consumer-class computers are only expected to last for about two years while being used for 2 or 3 hours a day. On the contrary, business-class computers are designed to last for longer while as well as being used for longer hours each day, by using higher quality components.

Digitalquill Business PC Suppliers

If your business in Hull, East Yorkshire or North Lincolnshire needs one or more business PCs, then we can help. Digitalquill can supply and install PCs to your specification, and we ensure that all components are of the highest standards to save you money in the long run.

Call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email support@digitalquill.co.uk or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk for more information

Killer Dust - The single most common reason computers fail

Killer Dust - The single most common reason computers failWhat do you think is the most common reason to have to replace a computer? Believe it or not, the single biggest thing that kills computers is dust.

Dust and fluff gets inside the machine and blocks its fans and heat sinks causing them to run inefficiently or even fail, due to overheating. Heat damages the delicate computer chips and can literally melt the insides of the machine.

What Can I Do About Dust?

The first – and most obvious thing – is to keep your computer away from dust. If it is a laptop then shut it away in a protective case when it is not in use, rather than leaving it out. Try to keep the computer in a relatively dust-free environment. This is particularly important in some commercial scenarios where machinery can create dust that will damage them.

You should keep your computer clean. Vacuum the air intakes regularly to stop dust build ups. Avoid blowing into the fans, as this just forces the dust further inside and can clog the mechanism. Always make sure your computer has plenty of room around it for ventilation, too.

What If It Is Clogged Up?

Don’t panic: it’s not all over. All desktop and most laptop computers can be easily dismantled in order to access the fans and heat sinks. This means that the offending detritus can be removed by a professional. If necessary, fans and heat sinks can be replaced at low cost.

If the system has begun to overheat then there may be more problems: components or even the entire motherboard may need to be replaced. If this is the case then it may well be time to think about upgrading the entire machine.

Digitalquill: IT Support Experts

Don’t panic if your PC is behaving erratically. Although prevention is the best cure, all electronic components will break down eventually. The good news is that we can diagnose and fix your IT problems quickly and get you back up and running. For more information call us on 01482 424402 or email office@www.digitalquill.co.uk.

Upgrade PC's regularly for bets productivity

Upgrade PC's regularly  for bets productivityThe world of technology moves fast. Computers double in power every year or two, and as software is updated it runs more slowly on older hardware. New technology requires new interfaces, and so your business’s PCs will need to be upgraded periodically no matter how hard you try to make them future proof.

If you do not plan a programme of IT upgrades then you will find yourself left behind, and it will be a much more complex task to upgrade all of your machines at once than to do so piece by piece over a rolling period. There is a much greater impact on productivity when everything is changed at once than a gradual rolling cycle of change where no more than one or two computers are ever out of use – and this can be linked to peoples’ holidays and working times to make sure everyone can still continue to function.

Managed IT Replacement Cuts Costs

We have just finished a mammoth upgrade task for a client who has 31 PCs When we began providing their IT support their hardware was a decade old and on its knees. The only option in this case was to replace all of 31 of the computers and laptops within the last two financial years. This is an expensive one-off cost and can cause significant downtime to a business.

We have now moved them onto a managed plan, where we replace the oldest PCs one by one every couple of months. We prioritise the heaviest users and to keep them at the cutting edge of performance, and aim to replace all PCs on a three to four year cycle. This allows the company to spread the cost while keeping their main computer users up to date with the fastest equipment – without spending money on PCs that languish, unused in offices.

Rolling Computer Replacement Improves Productivity

Old, slow PCs are a false economy. One of the managers in the company was ‘too busy; to have their PC changed until they realised the benefits of doing so. His old PC took five minutes to boot every morning – his new computer’s SSD drive presents him with his desktop in just five seconds. Opening Outlook to check emails took two minutes but it is now available in seconds. Web pages are quicker, switching between programmes is instantaneous and there is no disruption from background tasks such as scheduled virus scans.

Digitalquill I.T. Support – PC Upgrade Plans

PCs are a tool just like a mechanic’s spanner or a hair dresser’s scissors, and with good tools you find that staff have better morale and are more productive – especially when you consider that most office PCs are used all day, every day for nearly every single task that a business undertakes!

Does you business I.T. need a boost? Call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email support@www.digitalquill.co.uk or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk for more information.