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About mattcisleconcierge

Isle Concierge Farmers Market Manager, Company Tech support, Video Game and Electronic Entertainment Concierge.

IT Ideas: Scanner Edition

Buying electronics is always difficult for businesses.  They are expensive and come in so many varieties, it’s hard to determine which one is right from you.  As the designated IT guy(Dude that spends more time at the computer than everyone else), let me share a bit of what I have come to learn about buying electronics for your business.  At Isle Concierge, we are primarily a company powered by Mac computers(I being the lone linux/windows exception).  A while back we had purchased a scanner for our company’s documents.  Most scanners on the market will work with both PC and MACs.  However, there is a big difference depending on what you are going to scan.  Let me try to break it down and help give some ideas on how to decide what works for you.

Document Sheet Loaded Scanner

Document Sheet Loaded Scanner

If you are a business that scans large quantities of documents, many companies make scanners that specifically scan documents.  These tend to be fast while preserving document quality.  However, they are no good for scanning photos or anything with an intricate image.  These tend to be more useful for businesses that are trying to digitize all of their documents and are going for a paperless system.  These types of scanners tend to be on the more expensive side ranging from $200 to over $1,000.  These scanners tend to have software that is operating system specific.  Meaning ones designed for Windows will not work on MAC OSX unless that computer runs some kind of program to emulate windows.

Simple photo scanner

Simple photo scanner

A different option would be to use a photo scanner.  These tend to be much slower in comparison to the heavy duty document scanners.  However, they are also much cheaper, easier to find, and are a lot more flexible.  Because of their targeted audience, these scanners have software that is supported on both Windows and Mac systems.  The software is also easy to use and integrates into applications that are already on the system.  Price ranges on these scanners range from around $100 to maybe $800.  The high end photo scanners are mainly for professionals, and are overkill for documents.

Another thing to keep in mind is what they will be using these scans for.  If it is being stored as just records, most scanners are fine for that.  However, if they are looking to do something fancy like integrating scanned receipts into their book keeping software.  That will be another thing to look for in purchasing a scanner.  For our company, the scanner situation is setup a little different than most.  Because we primarily use macs for all of our staff, we use a Windows Emulator for our scanner.  The scanner we use is meant for a PC and the scanner software is able to link directly into our accounting software.  The software is also able to identify information on receipts and is able to store it logically.  We had already purchased the emulation software for our accounting, so adding the scanner for that purpose was an easy choice.

Generally, using scanners from larger companies like HP or Epson tend to be a better option.  Larger companies tend to have better support and most times have local repair companies or facilities.  Also supplies and accessories for these products are much easier to find.

As with all electronics for the workplace, what you decide to buy must fit what your company needs.  This is often the hardest thing to judge.  Buying something with too many bells and whistles may end up being a waste of money if it’s not fully utilized.  On the other extreme, you can’t expect a low end system to do everything and make coffee.  Much like Goldee Locks, you need to find that scanner that is just right.  Using review sites is highly recommended.  While every company/individual’s experience with a product will differ, it’s a good way to get an idea of some of the pro’s and con’s.  Here’s a couple of sites I like to use.

PC Magazine

PC Review

Mac Review Zone

And of course, google search engine is a great way to get some quick reviews.  I hope this helps any of you that are looking to buy a scanner for either yourself or your company.  Till next time, I’ll be browsing the interwebs making it look like I’m doing work.

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It’s in the works…

We at Isle Concierge are always looking to find new and innovative ways of making life easier for our clients.  We’ve started many different services and hold events trying to figure out what people would really like to see.  But all these events and services have to start somewhere.  Some work pretty well, like our Isle Meals to Go or the Farmers Markets.  However, these events are a culmination of weeks of planning, hours of bickering, and enough caffeine to subsidize a coffee farm in Kona.  Hmmmm…  Our own coffee farm…  Writing that one down.  Anyway, here’s some ideas that we’ve thought of that haven’t cut the mustard.

Isle Puppies to Go

We're looking to patent this puppy temperature regulator

We're looking to patent this puppy temperature regulator

It’s like our meals to go.  But with puppies.  Using state of the art “technology” and this interweb thing, we have puppies.  And…  We deliver them?  I dunno.  It didn’t get past the prototype phase.

Puppy Egg Coloring Seminar

She's quite dexterous with her front paws.

She's quite dexterous with her front paws.

Well this started out as a good idea.  We have puppies.  And they dye eggs.  Hey, it kinda worked.  But we were wondering why there was a sudden increase in multi-colored stuffed animals.  Then Aja started to sit on the eggs and her butt turned blue.

Isle Security Puppy Service

Nothing gets past her watch.  Then she ate it.

Nothing gets past her watch. Then she ate it.

Our ultra-secure state-of-the-art puppy security system.  She always kept a good watch on whatever was put in front of her.  Unfortunately, she ended up eating/chewing/hiding everything.

As you can see, we’re always busy looking for the next step in isle services.  Judging from the stink-eye Aja’s giving me, I think I’ll give her the weekend off.

She looks ready for the weekend.

She looks ready for the weekend.

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My Health Summarized

As I wrap up eating my interesting lunch(Total time taken: 1 min 26 sec), let us reflect on that which we have consumed.  Lunch today was from Hank’s Haute Dogs.  Ohhh Haute Dogs.  The things you do to me. So much selection.  So much exercise must be done later.  So good.

My lunch (Not included in this photo: My arteries)

My lunch (Not included in this photo: my blood pressure)

Let me try to explain as best I can about this Haute dog.  It is a sausage, wrapped in bacon, then deep fried.  And just to make you feel a little better, it’s sprinkled with some lettuce and some tomato slices.  It’s like ordering a negative Taco Salad.  Some people buy Taco Salads to try and make themselves feel like they’re ordering something healthy.  It’s okay for me to eat that, it’s a Taco SALAD.  This is like the opposite of that.  You know this is gonna hurt.  It even says on the menu “This will kill you!”  That only makes me want to eat it more.  But when you really sit down, and think about it.  This Fat Boy Haute Dog is the love child of a BLT sandwich and a Deep Fried Hot Dog.  They even put a little mayonnaise on it, which does add something too it.  That bit of salty with the sweet from the mayonnaise.  Yeah yeah, not everyone likes mayonnaise.  But it fits well.  Alas the Fat Boy.  I ate it fast.  And I feel like one.  So good.  Soo good.

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