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Best Current PC Values
09/15/2016

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We've singled out a few PC's that currently provide the best performance for your dollar. They are all Windows 7 Pro computers (that include a Windows 8 or Windows 10 upgrade in the box), and they all have 3 year manufacturer's warranties.

Dell Optiplex 3040 - great for basic business computing - it includes a fast Intel Core i5-6500 processor, 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive. And, for the next couple of weeks, it's selling for $569.00.

If you want a great entry level workstation, check out the new HP Z240 Workstation - it comes with a reasonably fast E3-1245V5 3.5Ghz Xeon processor (CPU Benchmark of 10,385) and it includes a 256GB PCIe SSD and 8GB of memory. It's currently priced at $1,119.00.

Or, if you want a faster workstation, the Lenovo ThinkStation P410 - is a great choice - it comes with a fast Xeon E5-1650V4 processor that clocks in at 13,509 on the CPU Benchmark scale (vs. 9,951 for an i7-6700), 16GB of memory, and it includes an NVidia Quadro M2000 video card with 4GB of memory. It's currently priced at $1,869.00.


Epson SureColor P800 Sample Prints
09/12/2016

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We've been busy printing samples on our Epson SureColor P800 printer. We've been using some great test photos and printing on Epson Legacy papers - Baryta, Etching, Fiber Rag and Platine. And, we've been printing on Hahnemühle media as well - Baryta FB, Daguerre Canvas, FineArt Pearl, German Etching®, Photo Rag® Baryta, etc. We've been using the manufacturer's profiles for the printing, and the results have been outstanding.

If you would like a sample print, please call us and we'll send it out to you - you'll be able to see what the combination of a great printer and great paper can do.


Microsoft Pays $10K for Unauthorized Windows 10 Upgrade
06/28/2016

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Last Month, Microsoft paid a California travel agent $10,000 after she won a judgment in small claims court by successfully arguing that an unauthorized upgrade to Windows 10 crippled her work PC... Read the complete article at computerworld.com.


Malware from Microsoft!
05/24/2016

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Microsoft has gotten really outrageous with it's Windows 10 upgrade offer - it's now tricking people into upgrading who don't want any part of Windows 10. This is really upsetting - everyone that I know who uses a PC has bought their computer - they own it - but, Microsoft is acting like they own your computer and that they can do whatever they want to do with it - like forcing a Windows 10 upgrade whether you like it or not!

For complete details about this new Microsoft scam, read the article at pcworld.com!

And, remember that, if you haven't upgraded to Windows 10, you can use the free GWX Control Panel or Never 10 to get rid of this annoying malware from Microsoft.


Have You Upgraded to Windows 10?
02/14/2016

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We are old fashioned and don't like to do upgrades just because they are available - especially to a "free" operating system that bugs you to send money to Microsoft and does a much more thorough job of communicating what you are doing to Microsoft after you upgrade. Here are a few of tips that should help if you do choose to upgrade.

Turn off Windows 10 Peer-to-Peer updates and App Store software downloads - the Microsoft update service that uses your PC to provide updates to other Windows 10 computers. Follow the steps in this How-To-Geek article to disable the update sharing.

To get a more familiar look to your Windows 10 installation, install Classic Shell, available at this link. You'll get a more comprehensive and usable Start menu.

Replace the missing software DVD player with a popular free player - VLC media player.

Windows 10, by default is pretty invasive - it generously provides advertising from Microsoft, watches everything that you do, freely shares your wireless network, etc. You can read this PC World article about Microsoft's intrusiveness. And, you can download Win10Privacy to automate setting privacy settings.

If you just can't deal with your Windows 10 upgrade, and have been using it for less than 30 days, follow the steps in this Teching It Easy article to roll back to your previous operating system.

And, finally, if you haven't upgraded to Windows 10, you can use the free GWX Control Panel to get rid of the annoying and constant upgrade reminders. Or, you can get Never 10 from Gibson Research Corporation.


Ricoh Printers - Low Cost Per Copy
01/24/2016

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Buyers Lab tests show that many Ricoh printers cost significantly less to operate which is one reason why they "highly recommended" all six of these printer models.

Ricoh SP 213nw - black and white cost per copy as low as 3 cents.

Ricoh SP 3600dn - black and white cost per copy as low as 1 cent.

Ricoh SP 4510dn - black and white cost per copy as low as .7 cents.

Ricoh SP C252dn - color cost per copy as low as 8 cents.

Ricoh SP C252sf - color cost per copy as low as 8 cents.

Ricoh SP C831dn - color cost per copy as low as 5 cents.

Buyers Lab® testing shows Ricoh printers can provide significant savings over the competitive average. Saving 4¢ per print equates to a saving $20 every 500 prints. Download a PDF with this information. Or, download a review of a Buyers Lab® report on the Ricoh SP C252dn and the SP252sf printers.


New Epson Wide Format Printers Are Here!
11/04/2015

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We've got great prices on the new Epson SureColor P-Series Wide Format printers, with instant discounts up to $2,000.00!





Features:

• Next Generation Pigment Ink Technology - all new pigments for outstanding color performance and Improved Resin Encapsulation Technology for superior gloss uniformity

• Photo Black pigment 1.5 times more dense than the previous generation ink set, along with significant improvements to the overall contrast ratio and optical clarity

• Featuring completely reformulated pigment technology for improved print permanence, and up to twice the overall print permanence versus the previous generation ink set

• Latest PrecisionCore® TFP® print head with new ink repellent surface coating for reduced nozzle clogging

• New scheduled print head maintenance cycles - ideal for intermittent usage environments

• New Precision Dot advanced screening for accurate color and smooth tonal transitions

You can check out the new 8-color Epson SureColor P6000SE and Epson SureColor P8000SE, or the new
10-color Epson SureColor P7000SE, Epson SureColor P7000CE (with Violet ink), Epson SureColor P9000SE and Epson SureColor P9000CE (with Violet ink).


Epson's Buy 3, Get 1 Free, Canvas Sale is Back!
09/07/2015

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Buy 3 rolls of qualifying Epson Exhibition Canvas roll media and get reimbursed by Epson for the cost of the least expensive roll (excluding tax). Save up to 50% off list price on popular Epson Canvas - Matte, Satin and Gloss. For complete details, please download the Epson rebate form for this promotion. Click this link for a listing of eligible Epson Exhibition Canvas roll media!


Great Rebates on New Epson P600 and P800 Printers
09/01/2015

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Buy an Epson SureColor P600 or P800 printer and get a $200.00 mail-in rebate from Epson!

The SureColor P600, which replaces the Stylus Photo R3000, is a 13 inch wide printer that includes the all new Epson Ultrachrome HD ink set, provides sheet and roll media handling, and complete connectivity including wireless, Ethernet and USB.

SureColor P800 is a highly anticipated replacement for the Stylus Pro 3880. The 17 inch wide printer includes all new Epson Ultrachrome HD inks that provide vivid color, superior black density and improved print longevity. Versatile media handling improves borderless printing and includes an option roll feed adapter.

Click this link to see these great new Epson SureColor printers!


Making Money Printing Colors
08/27/2015

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It's not often that a company in our industry makes mainstream news - but, Pantone made it in this Bloomberg Business article.

Some interesting tidbits from this article:

Pantone in 2014 had a banner year - and grew more than any other time in it's 53 year history.

Adobe has a digital color wheel - at this link - that is very cool (you'll need to sign in with your Adobe account to access the color wheel).

"Of Pantone’s 120 employees, the mix-masters in the ink room now take a back seat to the "color economists" and "color psychologists."

It's really a world economy, and Pantone is a source of standardization - where a Pantone color printed in Pittsburgh, PA would be the same as a Pantone color printed in Vietnam.

In any case, color consistency is big business, and Pantone is in the forefront.


Microsoft Is Charging for Solitaire in Windows 10
07/30/2015

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From an article at pcworld.com:

"Microsoft wants you to pay for Solitaire, again, in Windows 10. Netflix charges you $7.99 per month for thousands of streaming movies and TV shows. Spotify, Slacker, Rdio and others charge about $10 per month for unlimited music. And Microsoft? They want you to pay $1.50 per month to remove ads from Solitaire."


EFI Warns Not to Upgrade to Windows 10
07/27/2015

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From an EFI email blast (read more at this link):

"Fiery servers running Windows® 7 or Windows 8.1 will not support the Windows 10 upgrade directly on the server. Please do not install Windows 10 directly on your Fiery server.

If the Fiery server is upgraded to Windows 10, it will not operate and the system will have to be rebuilt from original software disks or backup images.

Microsoft announced that a Windows 10 upgrade can be performed through Windows Updates starting July 29th. A "Get Windows 10" notification may pop up on your Fiery server asking you to upgrade to Windows 10. Please dismiss the notification."

We've actually been hearing a few good things about Windows 10, but we would provide the same advice. If Windows 10 will break a Fiery server, it could very easily break other software that is being used. Our advice is to not be an early adopter - let the problems and their resolutions be discovered and resolved before upgrading.

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