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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!


Category : News

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

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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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$50 PENTIUM 4 SPECIAL EVENT First 25 Customers; 1per household; please..No Resellers.

4-9-11 SATURDAY At 11am in GLEN BURNIE ONLY: Call For Details (410)-553-6840 or email glenburnie@pcretro.com

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.


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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!


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When you rent a projector from PCRetroRentals.com, 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.

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PC Retro Rentals is the computer hardware rentals division of PC Retro Inc., offering a wide range of affordable hardware rental solutions in Maryland, Virginia, DC and beyond.


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6901a Distribution Drive
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