By Manny Hondroulis
Recommendations for Technology
I’m often asked for my recommendations on different technologies
so I found it appropriate to share them with you. Keep in mind that technology
changes at rapid speeds, so what might be a great product today may be
A good desktop computer is the backbone of any office’s infrastructure.
It keeps our financial records, contact lists and is used for checking
email and creating documents like spreadsheets and presentations. So given
the importance of its job, what should you look for in a desktop? Nathan
Work of Work Consultants, a company that advises small-to-medium size
businesses on strategic technology decision making and then implements
those solutions, writes, “As far as desktop computers go, I’m mostly vendor-agnostic;
most of the parts inside desktop computers are identical. The differences
are found in the accessibility and serviceability of the parts inside,
the manufacturer’s customer service, and the usefulness, or better yet,
the absence of vendor-installed software.”
There may be some members of your organization who are better served using
a laptop, especially an outside salesperson with computing needs. When
making the decision to purchase a laptop, you will need to consider other
factors. Work states, “Laptops are a different story. Unlike desktop computers,
laptops have to balance weight with ruggedness, battery life with screen
brightness, and heat with performance—none of which matter in a desktop
computer which spends its life sitting on the floor.”
I’m a big Microsoft Office user and live by Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint
and Word. This suite has a large share of the office productivity market.
Any new computer you purchase should be configured to include Office.
If you’re intimidated by the $200 per license price tag for software you
have never used, Microsoft lets you try it for free on a trial basis.
If you’re looking for a free and toned down version of Office, consider
using Google Docs.
It’s no secret that I’m an iPhone fan. I have written about its many benefits
numerous times in my column. Currently there are three mobile carriers
that support the iPhone in the United States: AT&T, Verizon Wireless and
Sprint. Not only will you use your iPhone to make telephone calls, but
you’ll quickly find that it begins to organize your entire work—and personal—life,
especially since it syncs up so well to your other computing devices.
It should come as no surprise that as an iPhone fan I’d recommend the
iPad for your tablet needs. Essentially, the iPad is a larger version
of the iPhone but does not make traditional telephone calls. Initially
I was a bit reluctant in purchasing an iPad, feeling that between my iPhone
and laptop all of my computing needs were sufficiently covered. Finally,
I grew tired of lugging around my seven pound laptop around New York City
to customer presentations and felt the need to purchase an iPad to fill
the gap between a smartphone and a laptop. I haven’t put down my iPad
A good digital camera is a must have—whether as a separate piece of equipment
or as part of your smartphone. You can take pictures of installations
and update your online photo gallery. So what should you look for in a
digital camera? According to CNET you should be mindful of the following
when making a decision: lens, sensor, media, viewfinder, batteries, flash
Ultimately you need to be happy with the device you choose.
It needs to be something that you are comfortable using. Before you make
any decision, play with the device and make sure that you are not beyond
your comfort zone. Be sure to do your research.
Manny Hondroulis is marketing manager for Energy
Performance Distribution in Baltimore.
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