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					   Making use of
limited IT resources
      Phil Callow
 Ark ICT Solutions Ltd
        28/4/2006
            Introduction


• PC’s
• Broadband
• Connectivity
  – Wired / Wireless (plus wireless security)
• Software
• Peripherals
  – Printers / Scanners / Cameras / Projectors.
• Summary
               PC’s


• Bargain PC’s.
  – Branded vs generic
  – Warranty
• Laptop vs Desktop
• Processors.
• Key features.
  – Hard disk – how big is big enough!
  – Ram.
               PC’s


• Monitors
  – TFT vs. CRT
• Backup
  – Tape
  – External Hard Disk
  – USB Drives
• XP Home vs. XP Professional.
           Broadband


•   What is broadband?
•   What is ADSL?
•   Which ISP?
•   How do we connect more than one PC?
•   Remote connection / tele-working.
•   Domain Names / Email.
      Connectivity - Wired


• Core task - Linking PC’s together.
• Wired connection technology, what are the
  core components needed?
• Standards Cat5 / Cat6 / Fibre.
• Switch / Hub.
• Cabling / Patch cables.
• Benefits of wired infrastructure.
• Disadvantages of a wired infrastructure.
    Connectivity - Wireless


• Wireless connection technology, what
  are the core components needed?
• Standards the 802.11’s!
• Access Point.
• Antennas.
• Benefits of Wireless infrastructure.
• Disadvantages of a wireless
  infrastructure.
            Software


• Office application.
  – Microsoft Office
  – Microsoft Works
  – Open Office
• Accounts application
  – Sage
  – Access / Excel
     Peripherals - Printers


• Printers
  – Cost effective printing.
     • Buying a printer ‘fit for the task’
  – Multifunction Devices.
  – Colour vs. Black.
  – Buying consumables.
     • www.inkraider.co.uk
    Peripherals - Scanners


• Good for?
  – Copying.
  – Scanning documents / photos.
• A4 Flatbed.
• Transparency scanning.
• USB Connection.
    Peripherals - Cameras


• What will the camera be used for?
• Mega pixels.
  – Output size.
• Optical zoom.
• Memory cards.
• Image downloading
  – Direct connection
  – Digital card reader.
   Peripherals - Projectors


• Used for Video as well as computer
  projection.
• Cheaper than large screen TV’s.
• Lumens.
• Contrast for video.
           Summary


• Always think about target use.
• Remember running costs, e.g. cheap
  printer but expensive ink.
• Sometime the cheaper solution works
  perfectly, e.g. MS Works rather than
  Office.
• Easy to make cost effective easy wins.

				
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