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Newsletter 2013.6

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Newsletter 2013.3

11 Uses for an Old PC
When you get a new computer to replace your home PC, you don’t have to trash the old one. In fact, there are plenty of savvy ways to repurpose your old home computer. From the simple, like donating to one of several organizations that could use your old PC, to the more complex, like experimenting on the old system, find something that suits you and your goals for computing. Alternatively, you could explore your creative side.

How to cancel Online Accounts the Easy Way

Between social media, online shopping, and newsletter subscriptions, the average user has a lot of online accounts – including a worldwide average of at least two social media accounts. Trim down on your accounts with this site that makes cancelling your service or account simple by providing direct links to ‘delete account’ or ‘unsubscribe’ pages. Also, before making another account, weigh in here to see the sites for which is actually impossible to cancel your account.

Death of XP
Windows XP is quickly approaching its end of life in April of next year. And if you continue computing on an unsupported operating system, your data, whether at home or at work, face a substantial security risk. Consider upgrading to Windows 8, which has many built-in enhanced security features. We can assist you with an upgrade or your current system or building you a new system to continue to meet your computing needs while keeping you and your data secure.

Zero Install
Do you ever need to download a program (.exe) file from the Web, but you don’t have the administrator privileges to install it or you don’t want to put the files on your PC? Zero install allows you to use software directly from the internet, without installing it on your computer. You can download any app or program you want and Zero Install will store it in a cache for later access, without storing files directly on your computer.

Image Compression
If you take fantastic pictures, you will want to share them, but they may often be too big to send via email or file share. Try using TinyPic or Caesium, two free image compression programs that allow you to quickly and simply reduce the size of those photos you want to share.

3-D Printing
If you thought it was just a science fiction fantasy, think again. Three-dimensional printing is available to home users, and can be used for a variety of purposes, from making firearms to generating perfectly life-like “mini-me”s.

What does the inside of a RedBox look like?
In case you ever wondered how you can select a movie and it comes out of a machine like magic, or how RedBox can store them all inside that little kiosk, here is a quick glimpse into the mystery that is the $1.20 rental phenomenon.

Cordlessly broadcast HD to your TV – Chromecast
If you love streaming shows or movies on your computer, you should get excited about the latest inexpensive solution from Google for home entertainment. Broadcast whatever you watch on your tablet, PC, or smartphone to your HD television set. Use an app and the ($35) Google ChromeCast HDMI receiver, and you’ll be streaming Netflix on your TV without needing a Wii, Xbox, SmartTV or any wired computing capability to do so.

Motion Sensing Gadgets 
Spatially cognizant persons will be psyched about new developments in motion sensing technology. No longer are motion sensors just for dance and fitness video games in your living room, now they are used to control minute details on, for example, a desktop computer. From writing in the air to clicking and scrolling with your eyes instead of your mouse, motion sensor gadgets are now more sensitive and versatile than ever.

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DISCLAIMER: Rose Computers neither endorses installing any software nor recommends making any of the changes mentioned here. Users do so at their own risk. We provide interesting and potentially helpful links and information that may be of interest to our customers, and we advise users to carefully consider any and all computing actions before making changes to their systems. 

Newsletter 2013.2

So you have a Windows 8 System, now what?
We’ve got some tips to make your transition to Windows 8 computing stress-free. Here are a couple of links that are aimed at helping users with Windows 8.

Score Some Computer Deals
If you know someone who wants a used Windows 7 or Vista Computer or possibly an older but still useful Windows XP system, have we got a deal for them!  For a small sampling of the deals, click here
We have an overabundance of used and demo systems, some servers, desktops, and even a few laptops. 

Productivity Tricks to Help You
Even hardcore computer geeks might aren’t above learning new tricks. In this guide we found some productivity-boosting new tips. While some keyboard shortcuts and system changes are best left to the professionals, check out these very useful tips and shortcuts that everyone can use daily.

How to Print from Your Andriod Tablet or Smartphone
Mobile devices created for on-the-go computing are made for convenience and simplicity – meaning some capabilities of a PC don’t translate over well to your smartphone or tablet. If you have a Google account, printing from your Android smartphone or tablet can be as simple as printing from your PC. Check out these instructions for using Google Cloud Print to create physical copies of files from your mobile devices.

Help Secure Your PC with This Free Utility
One of the best ways to ensure that your PC is safe and secure is to keep all of your installed software up to date. In some cases, applications will update themselves automatically, or alert you when a new version of the application is available. But many apps don’t alert you. Patch My PC is a utility that scans your computer for dozens of well-known programs, both free and paid, and alerts you if your applications need updating. You even have the option to apply updates automatically, if you wish.

If you don’t want Windows 8, but you need an upgrade…
We can still deliver and install Windows 7 should you prefer or require its use over your current operating system or Windows 8. We can upgrade your operating system to Windows 7, and then run a virtual Windows XP session inside Windows 7 to keep running the XP-compatible software. We can also downgrade your Windows 8 system to Windows 7 Professional without having to purchase new software. Additionally, we can also provide you with new desktop and laptop computers preloaded with Windows 7 in almost any configuration you need. Submit a service request today.

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Newsletter 2013.1

Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open

While you might think of malware as a program or executable file only, malware can piggyback off of common files many users might view as harmless. Exploits, or windows for bad guys to get into your PC, are on the rise within PDFs, because of vulnerabilities in PDF reader software. The easiest way to avoid attacks from Internet criminals in this capacity is to keep your anti-malware up to date and avoid opening harmful files, like the ones on this list. To disable scripts from running in the background of PDF files, see these instructions.

All Support Ending for Windows XP and SBS 2003

If you have been considering an operating system upgrade, now is the time to act. Windows XP support ends April 8, 2014, meaning that businesses and individuals still using XP at that time will face significant disadvantages as they continue to use the unsupported operating system. This doesn’t mean your computer will stop working, but over time, without proper security and support, malware will build, your data will become unsecure, your operating speed will slow significantly, and you may lose access to sites or programs that require up-to-date user credentials. Learn moreabout the end of this support and contact us or submit a service request to find out how we can help you with this change.

“But I don’t want Windows 8!”

With Windows XP support ending April of next year, and several newer versions of Windows available, you may be considering upgrading your company’s PC operating system. Rose Computers can still install and support Windows 7 through the end of the year, and 7 can have some advantages. Microsoft’s mainstream support of Windows 7 will continue until January 12, 2015, and extended support does not yet have an end date. Contact us or submit a service request to learn more about Operating System upgrades, support, and installation by Rose Computers.

“How can I get my Start bar back in Windows 8???”

Users new to Windows 8 may pine for some of the features they found useful in previous versions of Windows. Never fear, there is an easy fix to get back the tools you miss. Classic Shell for Windows allows you to work from the desktop with icons instead of tiles, using the familiar start bar and menu for launching all your programs and finding files. Classic Shell even lets you change the appearance of your operating system, so you’ll feel more at home with the new Windows. Download here.

Google’s Gorgeous Free Fonts

On May 1, Google and typeface design company Monotype  teamed up to release all of Google’s opensource fonts in one downloadable catalog for offline use. Previously, each free font had to be individually downloaded. If a package of free new fonts for web and publication design don’t get you excited on first word, check out this gallery of Google’s typographic beauty. If you like what you see, click and download here to make it your own.
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A Not-So-Harmful Web Hoax

While deception on the Web can often cause harm to your network or PC and loss of productivity, some rabbit holes online have a little less bite and a lot more laugh. Kipp Teague’s site, “Little-Known Attractions of Lynchburg,” includes some admittedly absurd “discoveries” including Mags the headless cat, and the Kool-aid Kar that runs on colorful fruit drink. Check out the site to see if you’ve heard any of these surreal attractions lauded locally.

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