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Do you have a pile of burned-out Christmas lights?  Are you replacing your traditional Christmas lights with new energy-efficient lights?

This Christmas season, don’t throw out your old light strands.  RECYCLE THEM AT PC RETRO!  Our holiday light recycling programs take your old strands and recycle the components that they are made of.

All 4 of our locations (Glen Burnie, Beltsville, Falls Church and Alexandria) will accept holiday light drop offs until at least January 15.

The friendly staff at PC Retro will assist you with the removal of the lights from your vehicle and send you away with a smile.

Happy Holidays!


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What happens when you rent computer equipment from just any ol’ company and not one that has been a trusted computer rental company in the business for over 20 years? You run the risk of getting spied on, that’s what. And that is what happened with a Wyoming couple who claims that they were spied on by Aaron’s, the rent-to-own company out of Atlanta from whom the couple rented their Dell Inspiron laptop.

In a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania, Crystal and Brian Byrd claim that Aaron’s showed them a picture of Brian Byrd that had been taken using spying software from DesignWire, which is another company that is involved and mentioned in the lawsuit.

Crystal Byrd told the Wyoming Tribune, “After they showed us the picture, I, of course, felt violated. There are many times I sat in front of that computer with barely anything on. So I didn’t know if they had taken lots of pictures of us or what.” Maybe we don’t need all the details.

Despite that, these accusations are very similar to ones made against a high school in Pennsylvania last year by parents of a 15-year-old student. The accusations in that case ranged from violations of the Fourth Amendment to transgressions against the Electronic Communication Privacy Act, the Computer Fraud Abuse Act, the Stored Communications Act, Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act, the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act and the Pennsylvania common law. This case ended with the school paying a $610,000 settlement.

The software in the case with the Byrds is known as PC Rental Agent. The DesignerWare web site claims that the software is the “ultimate solution”. In addition to that, the FAG section of the site has a very straightforward answer to the question “Is it legal?”  The answer is “Yes”.

The crux of the matter, however, may lie with whether or not the Byrds were aware at all that the software was installed. The FAQ on DesignerWare’s web site advises clients on the subject of whether or not to tell renters. Their answer? “That’s up to you; some rent-to-own dealers like to make their customers aware of it thinking this will help defer them from doing acts that would force them to activate the Agent. Others don’t reveal it.”

Brian Byrd is very passionate about the subject. Byrd says, “I never thought in a million years anybody would do something like that. I read the contract, I read every word of it, and it doesn’t say anything in the contract about it either.”

One burning question you might be asking yourself is why anybody from Aaron’s would show the picture to the Byrds? According to the Byrds, a manager from Aaron’s supposedly turned up at the Byrd’s residence with the picture claiming that the Byrds defaulted on their lease which is untrue according to the Byrds. Brian Byrd believes that the manager “was just trying to…get an easy repossession.”

The Byrds are hoping to turn their claim into a class action but details on what will come of this are still unclear. That is why if you are planning on renting a computer or any other piece of technology, you need to go with a company you can trust, a company like PCRetro Rentals. We have been in the computer and technology rental business for over 20 years and we don’t use any kind of software to spy on you.

Source: CNET – PC rental store sued for alleged Webcam spying

Category : Uncategorized | Blog

Hacking is an unauthorized way of taking control over someone’s system and network resources. These days, as there are several new viruses designed, you should be more careful about protecting your computers. Here are some tips on effective computer protection.

Renting a server for storage of information can be expensive, so make sure you have saved your files in another hard disk or other storage devices. Even if your computer gets hacked, you will have your files protected. Installing firewall in your system is a good option, this way you can prevent viruses and spy wares from affecting your system. When you open some applications, they might tell you to disable firewall- opt not to do it, as this can harm your computer.

You should review your e-mail and browser settings for security. Keep the ‘cookies’ folder empty, otherwise they can give a detailed list of the sites you visited. The setting of ‘internet zone’ should be in high option and the option for ‘trusted sites’ should be in medium low.

Do not download unknown mail attachments, these can contain some viruses. Download files only when you are confident about their content and only if they don’t have viruses. Be careful when you download JavaScript and Active-X files, as these files can contain viruses. Installing a good anti-virus will be of help. The anti-virus software should be set in automatic update mode. Updating it regularly is a must to protect your computer from viruses. After use, disconnect your internet connection and shut the computer down.

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ONE DAY ONLY! THIS SATURDAY APRIL 9th AT OUR GLEN BURNIE LOCATION ONLY! WE WILL BE OFFERING THESE BASIC SYSTEMS AT HALF PRICE TO THE FIRST 25 INTERESTED CUSTOMERS! $50ea. +tax. No Resellers. One Per household. We offer a basic Pentium 4 Computer System work stations that work with today’s Internet Environment. Models vary but they are all business Class, functioning well and operate at a useable pace for a Highly Affordable rate! Designed for Simple computing letter writing, data spreadsheets, email, basic gaming and surfing the web ( must have a paid for Internet service provider ie Comcast or Verizon; ) This is a Hard Ware sale; our guarantee only covers Hardware. We are not responsible for Software issues that may and do arise; user is responsible for Virus Protection and we encourage everyone to choose and load an anti-virus program well prior to ever accessing the Net, not even once. Models will Vary but We try to keep to the same minimum specs as follows: Intel P4 1.7-2.4GHZ (2.0ghz is average ) 512Mb Ram. 20GB Min. – 40GB Hard Drive(is Average ) CD-ROM ( min.) USB SOUND 16bit On-board VIDEO ( Basic On-board; Not for Gaming ) NIC ( for Networking and Broad band connections ) ALL SYSTEMS INCLUDE USED Ps2KEYBOARD & MOUSE; Power cords. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A MONITOR WE WILL INCLUDE A FREE CRT STYLE MONITOR UPON REQUEST.


Category : Uncategorized | Blog

Computer rental is sometimes essential for those who have serious business or personal responsibilities. When you’re accountable for communicating at a company conference, or perhaps making a demonstration, you may all of a sudden require computer system that you do not normally have.

There are numerous ways to obtain a computer if you need one, and one of the most usual methods to do this without having to fork out money in full is to test a computer rental. Getting a computer in this way has lots of benefits which you may be not aware of, therefore utilizing a computer rental to meet your immediate needs is always a good option.

Units can be rented for a day, a week, a month or however long is suitable. It’s a low cost alternative to purchasing lots of units at a time. The contract is simple, and if you decide to purchase your rental item(s), part of your rentals cost can be put towards the full purchase price.

The key advantage of obtaining a home or office computer system this way is that you can always try it before to deciding to buy it. Having a computer rental you can pick a specific model, give it a try for a while, and if you think it is for you, you can buy it. It is surely a better choice in comparison to purchasing one outright, and then finding out that it’s not what you actually need or desire. A computer rental is a win-win option, whatever way you look at it.

Contact us today and we would be more than happy to assist you with your needs!


Category : Uncategorized | Blog

When you rent a projector from, you will undoubtedly be pleased with the quality of the audio visual display that each of our projector rentals produces. To get the most out of your projector rental experience,abide by these few simple rules when considering your options for setting up your digital projector:

1. Choose the right venue. The venue is essential in creating the best environment to use your superior DLP or LCD projector rental. It is crucial that the venue is big enough so that the entire audience of your presentation can view the projection surface from an appropriate angle. Renters get the most out of their digital multimedia projectors when various factors such as size, shape, and outside light intrusion work together to form an optimized location.

2. Test your throw distance.Throw distance is the distance from the tip of your projector rental to your surface, wall, or rental screen, and it plays a significant role in the quality of your image. Each of our multimedia projectors for rent has a different internal formula that produces a different sized image at a certain distance from your projection surface. To decide where to place your rental projector to produce the display quality you desire, visit the location of your presentation early and practice projecting an image onto your surface from various distances away, until you find the clarity and size you are looking for. If your venue is small, you may find that you have to place your rental projector in an adjacent room to produce a display that fills your entire screen or surface.

3. Select the appropriate brightness.While all of our projectors for rent have superior brightness capabilities, the ideal brightness setting for your rented projector depends on several things, including: the purpose of your event, the size of both your venue and audience, and the ambient light from outside sources. Generally speaking, however, if high levels of ambient light are present, or if you are displaying a presentation outside, you will need at least 2000 lumens of brightness to produce the best picture. When smaller amounts of light are present, 1200-1500 lumens are recommended, and when the venue is completely dark (such as a dark home cinema room), 1000 lumens may be all you need to produce a quality display.

4. Be sure to utilize your best connection option. Advanced projector rentals from PCRetro Rentals come with several connectability options. Low-input sources such as a VGA connection or laptop will produce a poorer quality image than an HDMI connection, or a built in HD DVD or Blu-Ray player.

And if, at any point throughout the set up of your rental projector, further questions should arise, our staff is available to assist you. For Further Info please contact us through our contact page.

Category : Uncategorized | Blog

Computer Rentals for Accounting

Small Tax companies and accountants have been setting up temporary offices and using computer and printer rentals for years.
This option is great because at the end of the project, The cost of equipment is reduced. There is no need to pack up and move the equipment, and there is less to worry about when it comes to shutting down the temporary office.

Its so simple and easy, just call for a quote, we can then come in and help set up your systems as well as pick up the computers and printers when you are done . Many small tax businesses and accountants have been saving money for years by renting computers and laser printers, and returning them when they are done. No capital expenditures, means more profit and less out of pocket expense.

Renting technology is fast and convenient. It is the perfect solution to fill your technology gaps, especially during the tax season. Get the computers, printers and laptops you need for as long as you need it by contacting PCRetro Rentals today!

Category : Articles | Blog

There’s always the dilemma of what to do when you’re on a long flight. Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, it’s very easy to get bored while up in the air. Well, U.S. flights are working to make air travel a more enjoyable experience or a more productive time for their travelers.

As of now, one-third of U.S. flights are Wi-Fi friendly. Virgin Flights and AirTran can boast that they offer on-board Wi-Fi on every single one of their planes. Despite this, the New York Times says that Delta has the most planes with Wi-Fi access. Nearly all of their 500 different planes offer their travelers Gogo-based Internet access.

Other airlines are moving in the Wi-Fi direction as well. JetBlue and Continental Airlines are currently testing out Wi-Fi on their planes, and all other airlines seem to have at least some form of Wi-Fi available on some of their flights. Southwest Airlines claims that by 2012 all of their planes will be equipped with Wi-Fi capabilities, although as of now, only 6 of their 540 planes feature the amenity.

In a few years I’m sure that in-flight Wi-Fi capabilities will be completely standard. Although we haven’t gotten to that point yet, there are still plenty of airlines that offer the service. It’s a great way to keep yourself entertained while traveling for fun or to utilize your valuable time while traveling for business.

Renting a laptop to stay in touch with friends and family during vacation or to take with you on a business trip is a fantastic idea. PCRetro Rentals is the best place to take care of all your technology rental needs. All PCRetro Rentals laptops come standard with wireless network cards that can connect to the Wi-Fi currently being used by airlines.

Category : Articles | Blog

Carrying a laptop through an airport should never have to be a hassle. But sadly, for most people it is. With the increase in TSA secuirty measures, taking your expensive laptop through the airport could be downright horrible. However, if you follow some very easy and simple rules, you should have no trouble at all getting your laptop onto the plane and not have to worry about it being lost, confiscated or damaged.

Rule #1: Make Sure You Have the Proper Security Measures in Place
An airport is one of the most popular locations for laptop thieves. No matter how well you guard your laptop, there is always a chance that it will get stolen. So, the best course of action to take here is to have a solid plan if this unfortunate event happens. Make sure to back up all of your files and have some security measures in place on your laptop to ensure that thieves cannot access your personal files. When backing up your files, it is recommended that you use an external hard drive. External hard drives are quick, easy and only run you around $100.

Rule #2: Don’t Argue with Security About Your Laptop
Airport security is allowed to confiscate your laptop at any time, no questions asked. If they ask you for your laptop, then all you can do is politely hand it over to them with no arguments. If you put a up a fight, you could lose more than your laptop, specifically your seat on your flight. In most countries there is no need to worry about airport security taking your laptop. Unless there is a valid reason you should have no problem with security and your laptop.

Rule #3: Going Through Security Checkpoints
Whenever you go through a security checkpoint in an airport, be sure to remove your laptop from its case and put it in a bin by itself. Some laptop bags are now being allowed at airports. If you are using a checkpoint-friendly laptop bag, then you may not be asked to remove your laptop from its case. However, if you are asked by security to remove your laptop then revert back to Rule #2 and don’t argue! After this, the next thing you need to do is remember to pick up your laptop. Surprisingly enough, forgetting to retrieve your laptop is a very common occurrence at airports. The best way to make sure it doesn’t happen is to attach a label to your laptop with your name and phone number on it.

Rule #4: Take Your Laptop onto the Plane
You may be tempted to check your laptop in with the rest of your luggage, but this is a big no no because chances are you will never see it again. If you are going to check it in with the rest of your luggage, then be sure to at least put it into another bag. You shouldn’t check it in with your luggage in its own bag because people will be highly tempted to steal it. Your best option is to personally carry it on board with you. Nearly every airline will allow you to carry your laptop on with you. You will be told to keep it turned off until takeoff, but after that you are free to do whatever you want. A new option that some airlines now offer is the availability of WiFi. This will usually incur a fee of around $10. But if you don’t want to take your laptop on board with you, then at least put it in a regular luggage bag, hidden from prying eyes.

Follow these four simple rules and you should have no problem taking your laptop on any flight you take.

Category : Articles | Blog

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