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Difference between home-use and office-use laptops [closed]

I'm looking for some ammunition for upper management. One of the things I get asked on a regular basis is... "How come the laptops we buy for the office are so expensive when I can get a cheap from ...
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Self-host an application or outsource it? [closed]

Assuming you have the ability to influence IT purchasing in your organization, what criteria and process do you use to evaluate outsourcing decisions? In a basic "host a commercial application ...
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Any reason to use a rack-mountable server if I lack a rack to mount it on?

I'm somewhat new to server hardware, and was wondering if there was any reason to purchase a 19-inch-rack-mountable server as opposed to a standalone (tower) system, or any difference between the two ...
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Off-brand laptop batteries?

I tend to err on the side of paying too much for quality stuff, but $180 for a standard replacement battery for a Dell laptop makes the $80 knockoffs look pretty tempting. I wouldn't consider it ...
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Is there anything I should know before trying to acquire a domain name from the current owner?

I am helping my church with their new web site (two of them actually) and there is a domain name that they really want, but it's taken. The domain isn't in use (at least not for a web site). I've ...
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Which parts to skimp on when buying a server?

I'm purchasing a reasonably high-end server for our lab, and I'm wondering what parts I should simply leave as the default and upgrade after-sale. At least in Desktop PCs, the conventional wisdom is ...
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Creative ways to get rid of IT sales cold calls?

Being the sole IT person here entails that I get to receive the various cold calls for different services/servers/IT products. I've always fended these off in a fairly civil fashion, but really that ...
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What should be considered when purchasing a virtual machine set up?

I've been asked for an opinion about a purchase of a blade server that should be used for running virtual machines. I have very little experience in this, so what things should be considered in terms ...
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when are laptops cheapest?

seems like the microprocessors market is in a turning point. I'm going to need to buy a C#/java developer's laptop soon, and I wonder if now is the best time to buy it. yes, obviously the longer ...
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Checklist for buying used servers [closed]

My company (non-profit) is looking to buy used servers rather than leasing them from a vendor or buying new ones. What are a list of checks / test (memcheck,fsck,etc.) we should run on the equipment ...
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1answer
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How do I securely buy a domain from a private party?

I have a domain I want. I found the owners contact information, and negotiated a price. Is there a domain brokerage service out there that would help me with the exchange. I don't want to send off ...
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5answers
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What is the most cost-effective way to buy a Windows 2008 server?

I'm a programmer, so I have no real experience with buying servers. In order to make a solution work, my customer needs the most cost effective server. I used to work for an IT support company, so I ...
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2answers
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IT solution for 4 sites & 20 users

I'm shopping for a complete laptop "solution" for a staff of 20, in four cities, including hardware, software, service, support, data transfer, training, backup, etc. We need it to "just work", and we ...
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How do you decide on user machines?

I just had to cancel a multi-thousand dollar order of new computers because the head of Sales didn't like the machines that I ordered for his team. This is despite having discussed his needs with ...
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2answers
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How to choose a printer for a mixed windows/mac office?

I am working on a process for choosing and purchasing a printer for a small office. Has anyone got advice on how to weigh criteria? We've already got two devices that meet some needs, and are open to ...
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2answers
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What is the equivalent of CDW in London? [closed]

Looking for a vendor to purchase IT equipment (servers/workstations/networking) in London. CDW has relationships with several big name (and small name) vendors of IT equipment (Cisco, HP, Avaya, ...
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1answer
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Are single root SSL certificates available anymore?

I've been trying to purchase SSL certificates for two new sites this month, and my usual provider (RapidSSL/GeoTrust) which used to be single root now has intermediate CA certificates. Customer ...
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Low cost developer laptops [closed]

If you have to procure a .NET developer laptop for under $500 what laptop would you choose? The developer would be running things like Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server Management Studio, IIS, and ...
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Is there any reason I shouldn't use a “workstation” as a server?

I've been looking to buy a tower-style server for our small office's network. It will be running installing Windows 2008 SBS, and its main functions will be Exchange, VPN, file sharing, and printer ...
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Purchase servers for my start up, or build them ourselves?

I'm working on a web startup that would involve us hosting and streaming a lot of large files, such as video files, and I'm just wondering if it'd be better, cheaper, etc. to purchase the dedicated ...
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Hardware Recommendation: Dell, SiliconMechanics (or someone else)? [closed]

Anyone every purchase / use hardware from http://SiliconMechanics.com? Their prices seem to be unbeatable. So I'm curious to know how reliable their servers are. Also, who do you recommend to buy ...
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how to determine depreciation on server equipment

I have been torn over one of the epoch questions: buy your server equipment, or enter a 3 year lease? It appears that the 3 year leases end up costing close to the same amount as a straight up ...
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1answer
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BYOD and software licenses [closed]

I am curious on what is the proper way to handle this scenario. About half of the staff at my company (30+) bring their own laptops, this includes developers. How does one normally handle software ...
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Tape Supplier in Canada

I'm not sure if it's kosher to ask.. but where can one purchase good quality / well priced backup tapes within Canada, online? I'm asking because my current vendor, DataWrite, has sent me bad tapes ...
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3answers
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http or https for file download?

I am going to be distributing a file to people after they purchase it. I'm trying to determine whether I should use http or https to deliver the actual file. My hosting plan is pay-as-you-go. Will ...
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1answer
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Servers: lease vs buy - what considerations to take?

This is different from a previous question. When preparing to replace/upgrade hardware, what benefits/considerations should be taken on leasing the equipment vs buying it? Some advantages I've seen: ...
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2answers
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Why is it more expensive per-year to buy a domain for several years?

I've been looking into purchasing domains through some of the major registrars. One common theme which strikes me as odd: purchasing a domain for a longer period incurs a higher per-year cost. For ...
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IBM Server Config questions

I have a few questions on a potential server setup. First, the situation: Last year we bought an IBM x3500 server with 2 Xeon E5410's, 9GB RAM, 6 HDDs. The original intent for this server was to ...