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6 Ways To Save Your Business While Traveling The World With Your Laptop

If you’re building an online business I bet there’s a good chance you want to become a lifestyle entrepreneur. That means traveling all over the globe and working from random places most people can only dream of. You might think the only thing you need is your laptop. You won’t get very far without one, but it’s definitely not the only thing you need. What would happen if it was to suddenly fall apart?
Would your business survive long enough until you sorted it out? It’s actually very easy to build a business that doesn’t depend on a laptop, but you need some security measures in place. Then if your laptop was suddenly to end up out of action you could move everything onto another one within a matter of hours. When you have customers than need to hear from you it’s essential you have all of these in place.
A good laptop bag
You’re going to need a laptop bag that will protect your laptop from any damage. You’re always going to be on the move and jumping around different coffee shops, or even working in shared working spaces with fellow entrepreneurs. You can’t carry it around in your hand all the time or it’s going to get broken. Just make sure you can take it from place to place without getting damaged.
See what’s happening
The only bad thing about using shared working spaces and coffee shops is the fact that you’ll need to leave your laptop lying around at times, especially in shared working spaces. You can’t carry your laptop to the toilet all the time, or everyone else is going to think you’re weird. You don’t really know these people, so install keylogger software and you can see who is messing with your laptop when you are not there.
A little flash drive
It’s always beneficial to save some important things on a flash drive. When you travel all over the world you can’t be guaranteed there will be internet access 24/7. If you have things saved on a flash drive it means you can work on things without needing any access to your online storage space. You won’t be able to fit everything on them, but it’s good for keeping the essentials.
Your main online storage space
Everyone should have a few places where they save things into the cloud, but there should always be one main one. This could be the one that’s connected to everything. For example, if you used Dropbox you could have a special folder lying around on your computer. When you want any work saved you could just automatically save it to this folder. Whenever you are online it would sync with your online storage space and save everything.
Saving your website
If you’re an online entrepreneur I’m going to go out on a limb and presume you have a website. This is more important than everything else put together. Your hosting company might say they will backup your site every week, but there’s been too many people who have been stung because the backup vanished out of thin air. That’s whole businesses down the drain. You need a special plug-in that lets you make a website backup as often as you want.
Don’t let your email list die
Anyone with an online business should also have an email list. It’s absolutely crucial that you export the list and save it every single week in life. No exceptions. If something happens to your account you might lose it forever. That’s a huge amount of money you are pouring down the drain because you were too lazy to spend a few minutes backing it up.

Barry Richards is a computer engineer and an avid blogger. You can click here to view his articles, with regards to issues on computer security and networking.

How To Watch Your Laptop Content On A TV

Although the majority of the more ‘modern’ laptops that are currently on the market boast large screens that are ideal for personal viewing; sharing laptop content such as films, television programmes and even pictures with a larger audience can be trickier. In these situations, using a TV screen or monitor can often make for a much more immersive viewing experience.

There are several different ways to watch this type of content on a TV, some of which involve purchasing additional cables and adaptors, so how you connect will largely depend on both your budget and your existing arsenal of specialist equipment.

S-Video

Connecting your laptop to the TV via an S-video cable may not produce the best picture, but as the majority of laptops have S-Video ports, it may be the most convenient option. To do this, you will need to have one set of cables for audio and one for video, although these are generally sold together in most technology shops. Make sure you check the length of these cables before buying them, to ensure they give you enough space between your laptop and TV.

Plug the S-video cable into the relevant port on your laptop and the corresponding socket at the back of your TV set, before connecting an audio cable from the headphone port on your laptop to the TV’s audio socket, and you should be ready to go. If you struggle to get your hands on an S-video cable, you can always replace it with a VGA cable.

HDMI

HDMI, or High Definition Multimedia Interface, is one of the most recent laptop to TV solutions, and arguably provides a better quality picture than some of the more primitive alternatives. Unlike the S-Video and VGA cable, a HDMI cable carries both the video and audio signal from the laptop to the screen, so you don’t need to contend with different cables and ports – it’s a simple case of plug and play.

If you are not lucky enough to own a laptop with a dedicated HDMI port, there are a number of affordable adaptors on the market that can still give you the opportunity to take advantage of the superior quality of HDMI, making this one of the most popular options.

Wireless options

Connecting your laptop to your TV wirelessly is another ideal solution for the particularly tech savvy – the set-up can be quite complicated, unless you have the right equipment and know-how to do the job.

If connecting wirelessly is the best option for you, then one of the easiest ways to achieve this is to invest in a signal receiver, which can plug into either the VGA or HDMI ports and pick up a signal from your laptop by “reading” the content.

There are also devices such as the Netgear “Push2TV” box that you can use to wirelessly stream your content to a television, although these can be quite expensive – so the ideal wireless solution will very much depend on your budget and level of expertise.

LG Xnote Z330 is the thinnest i7 laptop as of now

The LG 13.3″ Xnote Z330 Ultrabook is the thinnest i7 laptop out there and the 14″ Z430 is a close second.

The Z330 measures in at 315.4mm (12.41 inches) x 214.7mm (8.452 inches) x 14.7mm (.5787 inches)and 1.21kg(2.7 lbs), while the Z440 is a little larger at 329.4mm(12.9685 inches) x 226(8.8976 inches) x 19.9 mm(.7834 inches) and 1.5kg (3.3 lbs).

The LG Z330 has a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 LED-backit display, a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, 4GB of DDR3 memory and HD 3000 graphics, along with either a 120GB or 256GB SSD, 10/100 ethernet, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0+HS.

The LG Z430 has a larger display at 14 inches, though it has the same resolution as the Z330. The Z430 increases the maximum supported RAM to 8GB. Storage is different also, with a standard 500GB HDD paired with an optional 16GB or 128GB of SSD storage.

No word yet on pricing. These look awesome considering I am using a Netbook right now with an Atom processor as a secondary computer. With CES coming upon us this month their will probably be something smaller yet.

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