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Product Announcement: The Intel Core Duo Apple iMac Desktop Computer Rental

Tech Travel Agents from Rentacomputer.com introduced a new product to their computer rental inventory today, August 31, 2006 just in time for fall special projects. The Apple iMac, which features the Intel Core Duo.- two Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors.

The Intel Core Duo Apple i Mac computer rental represents the latest in raw computing power available for rent. These powerful desktop computer rentals are designed to run the latest in software for the demanding computer user such as movie industry design professionals. Great for that short term project or just supplemental raw computing power.

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Cincinnati, Ohio – August 31, 2006 – Tech Travel Agents announce the Intel Core Duo Apple iMac desktop computer rental. Quantities limited so reserve additional fall computing power now.

Call 800 736-8772 or
Reserve one here:
iMac Dual Core Duo Desktop Computer Rental

The Apple Intel Core Duo iMac features powerful quad Xeon, 64-bit Intel Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors. For video editing, creative design, statistical modeling, and other power applications.Better and Faster Special Effects and Video Editing for Movie Industry ProfessionalsHigh-end clients in the movie industry use all the power you can throw at them for special effects, video editing and graphic design.

The Apple Intel Core Duo iMac is a powerful computer rental solution for movie industry professionals.Computer Rentals and AV Equipment Technology available for RentThe Apple Intel Core Duo iMac joins the worldwide list of available technology rental equipment available from your personal Tech Travel Agent.

Multiple cities, One Point of Contact, One Invoice
Tech Travel Agents will coordinate multiple installations. All equipment will be preconfigured with any company training programs and data BEFORE it is delivered and installed. Multiple computer training sessions can be coordinated in multiple cities, sometimes even on the same day.

Your personal Tech Travel Agent will coordinate all cities! Only one contact person is necessary to take care of your entire computer rental equipment needs.Contact a Tech Travel Agent directly for rentals or hires in the US and the UK. TechTravelAgent@rentacomputer.com or 800-736-8772 [800 Rent R PC].

Cut Bartender Stealing with Security Cameras

Bar Security Cameras
The bar is one of businesses most vulnerable areas of theft.
Bartender stealing is especially prevalent if you have a successful bar business with a popular bartender. You might not notice daily theft and skimming, such as free drinks to the bartender’s friends and stealing from the cash register.
Photo: Transaction recorded on photo and video utilizing POS Integration Feature

Shrinkage, the average loss due to theft, spillage and waste, nationally is approximately 23 percent on liquor and draft beer, about 10 percent on wine and 2 percent on bottled beer*. That’s a lot of money. It could mean your profits for the year!

Eliminating shrinkage can mean the difference between financial success and bankruptcy.
Theft alone is the largest source of losses in bars. Opportunities are plentiful for theft behind a bar. Bartenders work many hours without direct supervision. Those who steal from the bar do so because it’s easy, hard to detect, and nearly impossible to prevent. The temptations posed by handling large sums of cash and dealing with a liquid inventory on a day to day basis can be overwhelming. At some point, even the most honest bartenders will contemplate stealing cash, and give out free drinks to friends or bar regulars.

Bar Video Surveillance with security cameras can help Eliminate Dishonest Bartenders
You need to send a message loud and clear to your staff that theft will not be tolerated. Bartenders know they will be held accountable for their actions with surveillance video systems.
While you might not want to pursue criminal action against a bartender for embezzlement or a similar crime, video documented theft is solid grounds for termination. A mere wrist slap does nothing to discourage others from putting their hands in the till.Consider the predicament that Bob had when he terminated his favorite bartender. “After installing the GeoVision camera system, it became apparent that Judy was taking taking money and giving away the farm. She was bringing in a ton of business, much of that was because of all the free drinks she gave away. I hated to let her go, it hurt our bar customer traffic at first. But after looking at the bottom line, we knew we made the right decision.

Caution: Most bars installing the GeoVision Bar Surveillance Video System from Camera Security Now fire at least 1 bartender after the initial installation.

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*Source: Bevinco, Inc., a liquor inventory control service, with 100 franchises throughout the United States and Canada.

About: Camera Security Now, a pioneer in Digital Video Surveillance is a division of CSN1 Technologies, an 19 year old computer networking firm. Only the security camera products that pass rigorous price/performance standards are sold.

Find out more about Surveillance packages by contacting Camera Security Now toll free 877-422-1907, email sales@csn1.com or visit the website http://www.camerasecuritynow.com/.

CCTV Security Camera Info for Non-Techies

Get a good head and face shot!

Use your best quality camera(s) at entry/exit areas

Doors, gates and other entry areas need a good quality, high resolution camera to record a good ‘face shot.’ The video from this camera should be considered a highly valuable since it can be used as evidence in identifying a person in a court of law.

Wide Angle Cameras for large surveillance areas such as parking lots and warehouses

Once you can get a good shot of a persons head and face, you need a wider angle camera lens for the interior surveillance spaces of the building. Using color cameras inside your building is a good idea because you can readily identify a person by the clothes they are wearing. Used in conjunction with the face shot at the entry point, you have an excellent record of all people and activities in your surveillance areas. You can easily match up clothes colors from entry to see the activity of the person once in the store.

Bullet Security Cams and Dome Security Cams are low cost, high value solutions!
They’re Low Cost, High Performance, can be uses indoors and outdoors and available in Color or B&W. Dome cams and bullet cams come in many low cost models. Good quality B&W cams start at less than $80 and good color cams start at $150. When it comes to budgets, having a low cost black & white camera is better than no camera at all.

Black and white cameras have low light advantages over color security cameras
Most B/W cameras can see in lower light and have higher resolution than color cameras. If most of your surveillance goals are at night and your budget is limited, a black & white camera may actually be your best solution.

Professional aka Standard C-Mount Cameras
If your budget permits, a c-mount camera offer a big advantage over other cctv cameras.C-Mount or CS-Mount?C-mount and CS-Mount lenses offer similar performance, the only real difference is the way the lens mounts to the camera. And that’s not a problem since the adapter to convert ‘C-Mount’ to ‘CS-Mount’ comes with the camera. This enables the camera to use either C-Mount or CS-Mount lenses.

Standard Camera Lenses can be changed a big plus when surveillance goals change
They simply unscrew from the camera body, just like the way lenses are removed from traditional cameras. There are lens options from 2.5mm up to 500mm providing many different magnification options.In general, an 8mm lens is like a 4mm lens magnified 200%. A 16mm lens is like the 4mm lens magnified 400%

Outdoor Housing
C-mount cameras can be used outside when put in an outdoor camera housing like the photo to the right needed to protect the camera. Heat and Fans are necessary in the ‘extreme climate areas.’ Match your housing needs with your climate and camera exposure location.

Varifocal Lenses
You can also use a varifocal lens on a c-mount camera body. The higher millimeter of the lens the further distance viewable. C-Mount cameras can use a varifocal lens. This is a huge advantage because you can adjust zoom and focus. With Varifocal lenses the focus can be varied from 5mm to 20mm or more. Even after installed, the varifocal camera lens can be adjusted to choose a variety of focal distances and angles of view. An example of where you might use a varifocal lens is outside (or inside) a warehouse or parking lot where you need more distance than 35 feet.

Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ)
Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras also known as PTZ cameras are excellent devices to use when you want to ‘look around’ your surveillance area.PTZ cameras allow you to pan an entire room, tilt up and down and zoom in on anything or anybody within the sight of the lens. PTZ cameras can be set to automatic or manual mode or both. In automatic mode, hundreds of points can be set for the camera to look at. The duration that the camera looks at a given set point can be adjusted from less than a second to as long as you would like. There are some variances in different models. Some have 17x zooms while others have 50x zooms or more.

About CCTV Security Cameras: Closed circuit television also known as CCTV is the industry standard in surveillance security cameras. CCTV can be a single network of cameras or multiple networks of camera linked together via switches, internet, dvr or wide area computer technology. CCTV Video data is analog. The analog signal can be converted to digital via CCTV Digital Video Recorders. Once the video data is digital it can be managed just like any other computer data and can be stored automatically on computers and network storage devices.

For More Information Visit: Camera Security Now

A 200 Pound Computer Rental

200 Pound Computer RentalAmericans can hire a computer for as little as 200 pounds in London, England.

With all the fuss about carry-on luggage these days, renting is a popular idea. Besides with Zip drives and remote desktop computing, renting is very convenient and low cost.

If you have to travel, don’t lug your computer thru airports, it can seem like it weighs 200 lbs!

Consider the laptop computer rental advantage.

1. No hassle at the airport, train or other public facility.
2. State of the art wireless laptop computers can be
delivered to your hotel, business location, conference,
convention or trade show.
3. Easy access to corporate data via remote desktop, terminal services, Zip Drives, Citrix, Go to My PC, intranets, wide area networks and even CD-ROM!

Contact a Tech Travel Agent directly for rentals in the US and the UK.
TechTravelAgent@rentacomputer.com
or 800-736-8772 [800 Rent R PC].

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Looking for cameras for your DVR or VCR Surveillance system?

Camera Solution: Professional Camera with 4-8mm VF

Actual Photo taken earlier today was sent directly to my email account by a
Professional C-Mount Security Camera with GeoVision DVR GV600 available at http://www.CameraSecurityNow.com

CCTV C-Mount CameraCCTV security cameras come in many different
styles and prices. Prices start at less than $75 and go up to over $10,000.

However, most decent surveillance cameras are in the $100 to $350 price range.

The first step in a digital video surveillance system is choosing the right CCTV security camera.

See: Real surveillance movie samples from our security cameras


Warning: Don’t Depend on the Hotel to have the Projector Rental or Plasma Rental you need!

Please don’t depend on the hotel to have the av rental or computer rental equipment you need! Even the best hotels struggle with today’s high tech audio visual and computer rental equipment.

Often times, hotel in-house AV equipment is in less than optimum repair,or they just rented their last projector. That’s because a hotel does not have a computer shop that can keep sensitive AV equipment stored and adjusted properly.

For best results and better pricing, contact a Tech Travel Agent to reserve your projector, plasma or audio equipment ahead of time.
Visit http://www.rentacomputer.com/ or Call 800-736-8772

Children’s Toys vs Adult Toys Directories

WARNING: Automated Submission Services Can Be Dangerous to your Website!

Every website needs links, but buyer beware! There are many low cost services that automatically submit your website to 1000s of directories. I saw one for $5.95 that claimed to submit to over 10,000 directories! Don’t do it! Unless you want to be in directories that have nothing to do with your industry.

You actually could be penalized by search engine by having too many “inappropriate link backs” to your website. An extreme example would be having a website submitted to “Children’s Toys” instead of “Adult Toys”. Even lesser extreme mis-categorized directories can hurt your search engine results.

10 or 20 directories are all you really need. DMOZ and Yahoo are the top 2 directories.
DMOZ is free, but it is run by ‘human editors’ who often have ‘conflict of interest’ motivations. You might not get in, but try it anyway. Be careful to submit to the proper category!
Yahoo will cost you $299, but it is a must for any serious website.