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Shopping for a new smartphone can be as overwhelming as buying a new computer. You have to consider the operating system, design, carrier, a data plan, and hardware specs. We've narrowed down the essential features to look for while shopping as well as some in-store tests you can do. Additionally, we provide tips on looking for a carrier and a data plan.

 

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Thinking about purchasing a tablet for your nonprofit or library? Shopping around for the right tablet can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. Is there a difference between a tablet with a 10-inch display versus a tablet with a 12-inch display? Which operating system do you choose? Does processing speed matter? I put together a quick cheat sheet for the features and specs to look for when shopping around for a tablet.

 

Getting the Right Windows MultiPoint Server Hardware

This is an original blog post on Feb. 18, 2013 by Ariel Gilbert-KnightTechnology Analyst for TechSoup.

Setting up Windows MultiPoint Server isn't difficult. But it usually requires some additional hardware to connect your user stations (keyboard, mouse, monitor) to the host computer. These additional hardware components are called access devices.Charles Brennick, Founder and Director of Interconnection, shares his advice for selecting the right access devices for your Windows MultiPoint Server environment.

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Organizing your office network? Individual computers provide opportunities for tremendous productivity gains, but they become many times more powerful when they're connected to one another in data networks that give them the ability to share data and processing resources. Chris Peters tells us how.

 

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While nonprofits may hold on to hardware equipment until the last bit of life has been squeezed out of it, many corporations abandon working computers in good condition after just three or four years of use. While this equipment may be outdated for the bleeding-edge needs of a large enterprise, that doesn't mean that it doesn't have years of life that it can offer your organization — especially when its components have been examined and updated by a professional refurbisher.

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If your organization has considered acquiring a refurbished PC, but is tempted by the falling prices of newer IT equipment, you may wonder just why you might consider buying refurbished over a shiny new model. You’re not alone: others have also questioned — sometimes loudly — how long the used computer market can last given the diminishing prices of new equipment.

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Find tools and tips for greening your nonprofit through TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative, where social benefit organizations can share and learn more about technology choices that can help to reduce our overall impact on the environment.

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Find tools and tips for greening your nonprofit through TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative, where social benefit organizations can share and learn more about technology choices that can help to reduce our overall impact on the environment.

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As companies, nonprofits, libraries, and individuals find reasons to upgrade their computers, the problem of how to safely discard used equipment continues to grow.

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Buying a computer is a big investment. And with so many different options available, it can be hard to figure out how to meet the technical needs of your nonprofit or library and still stay within your budget.

This guide will help you understand the questions to ask when shopping for a computer. It will also provide a quick reference checklist with definitions of some basic technology terms (not too many!), as well as the minimum standards we recommend for computers.

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