Rose Computers and Networks Announcements

Refurbished Windows Machines

Intel Atom D525 @ 1.80GHz- 3GB Ram, 120GB HDD ($249.99)

Intel Xeon @3.05 GHz – 4GB  RAM, 250GB HDD x4 ($185.00)

Dell Optiplex 745- Intel Core 2 (6400 @2.13GHz) -4GB Ram(4x1GB DDR), Windows 10 Home, 500GB HDD, Rodemx1300 Series Graphics Card ($299.00)

Rose Machine-160GB HDD , 2GB RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo G420@2.13GHz, Windows 10 Home ($279.00)

Dell Optiplex 760 Intel Core 2 Duo @2.8GHz, 4GB Ram, 500GB HDD

Rose Machine- Intel Core 2 Duo @200GHz, 4GB Ram-DDR2, 500GB HD

Rose Machine- Windows 10 Home, Core 2 Duo@3.0GHz, 500GB HDD ($329.00)

HP Pavilion-Pentium E2100 @ 1.6GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hdd, Windows 10 Home, DVD/CD Writer, Media Card Reader, HP Pocket Media Drive Bay ($299.00)

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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.

Rose Computers is on the Web. Please check out our websiteFacebookTwitter, and service request form.

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.

Rose Computers on the Web
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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.

Here, learn about some of the new features in Windows 8. Understand the Start Screen, how to use the Charms, settings, and more.

Here, learn to easily activate and set-up File History on your Windows 8 device. Also, learn to restore files using File History if files are lost. 

Here is an overview of ten downloadable applications which will add back the Start Button & Start Menu.  We prefer and recommend Classic Shell, but any of these will serve you nicely.

 

Deals on Refurbished Computers and Parts

If you know someone who wants a used Windows 10 computer,  have we got a deal for them!

We have an abundance of used and demo systems some servers,and desktops.

  • Windows 10 systems as low as $299
  • Dell, Asus, Rose, Intel Servers from $59 and up…
  • Hard Drives Tested & Wiped IDE 40GB $5, 80GB $10, etc.
  • Hard Drives Tested & Wiped SATA 40GB $10, 80GB $20, etc.
  • Hundreds of used parts priced to move. Come browse our vast selection!

CentralVA.Net: End of Dial-Up Service

Last month we sent you a letter to let you know that, effective August 31, 2013, CentralVA.Net will discontinue Dial-Up Internet Access.

While we have been extremely happy to serve our loyal customers for the past twenty years, this discontinuance is unavoidable, since the cost of providing Dial-Up Internet Access gone up, while use by customers has declined. Sadly, we are no longer able to cover the cost to provide the dial-up lines to our customers.

If you access the Internet by dialing into a conventional telephone line, this change will affect you. You will no longer be able to access the Internet through CentralVA.Net dial-up service as of August 31. All other CentralVA.Net services, however, including web hosting, FTP sites, and virtual customers, will remain unchanged.

Because we want to make this transition as smooth as possible for you, you can keep your email (emailaddress@centralva.net) until December 31, 2013 at no charge. After that date, if you wish to keep using your @centralva.net email account, you can pay the monthly fee.

If you have to use a telephone or Dial-Up service to connect to the Internet, there are several local providers that can help you secure a new Dial-Up service. Your local landline telephone provider may also offer Dial-Up Internet Service.

Lumos                           1-800-320-6144

AOL                                 1-800-827-6364

Lynchburg Computers    434 237-8300

Lynchburg.Net                434.237.2657

Should you have any questions, please contact either Meagan, Nancy, or myself.

Sincerely,

Lonnie M. Rose, President