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CTL Proud to Sponsor PDXLAN February 2015 by Giving Away 4K Monitors in Charity Raffle
By Jeremy Burnett, Director of Engineering
Here at CTL, we not only work hard, we play hard too. Many of us are part of the gaming community, myself included, and we’ve been proud to sponsor several PDXLAN events over the years. If you are not familiar with PDXLAN, this is a unique LAN party and one of the biggest in our region. PDXLAN brings together gamers from all over the U.S. and Canada. Up to 550 PC Gamers bring their computers to play video games over the four day event. In addition, participants enjoy fun contests, competitive tournaments and sponsor presentations.
What makes PDXLAN special is the sense of camaraderie that can be felt throughout the event and the fact that it’s about more than just competing and having fun. PDXLAN uses these events as a way to give back to the community. In the past, they have included a canned food drive and over the years they’ve raised over 95,000 pounds of food for homeless shelters. Over the years, we’ve partnered with PDXLAN by donating CTL merchandise that is raffled off with the proceeds benefitting various charities. This year, we provided two CTL X2800 4K monitors. One was given away by itself and the other one was part of a massive gaming rig prize.
As a result of the PDXLAN February 2015 raffle, $10,020 was raised for the Phil Scholz Memorial Foundation. Phil Scholz was an employee of NVIDIA who was killed when he was hit by a Caltrain while trying to pull another man out of harm’s way at the Santa Clara, CA station January 20, 2014. Phil was well-loved at work, at gaming conventions and on the field playing a host of recreational sports. His Memorial Foundation contributes to charities Phil held dear including The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, Valley Humane Society of Pleasanton, CA and Baseball Buddies of San Jose, CA. In addition the Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation is now focused on fundraising for the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD), specifically to support trail building in the Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park.
CTL proudly joined several other major sponsors to contribute the components for an impressive gaming rig for the raffle, which included:
- Intel 5960X Processor
- Dual EVGA 980’s in SLI
- 32GB of Crucial RAM
- 500 GB Crucial SSD
- EVGA Classified Motherboard
- Astro A50 Wireless Gaming Headset
- EVGA Toro Mouse
- Thermaltake Mechanical Keyboard
- WD 3TB Hard Drive
- Custom Case from Case Labs
- Custom cables from Primo-Chill and Modders Inc
- CTL 4k Monitor
Congratulations to winners Jon Cypert (winner of the gaming rig) and Blake Kraint (winner of a CTL 4K monitor)! We hope to see you at next the next PDXLAN event in July. Visit our product page for the CTL X2800 4K monitor to buy now or get more information. This 28” monitor offers four times the resolution of Full HD. The visuals are stunning with an amazing 3840 x 1260 resolution and gamers can enjoy a 60Hz refresh rate when using the DisplayPort. Looking for components for your dream gaming rig such as video cards, cases, power supplies, cooling systems and more? Check our our Supplier Direct page and choose from thousands of products.
Learn About CTL’s Education Solutions at NCCE March 18 – 20 AND Register to Win a Chromebook!
By Jasmine Overton, Sales Manager
CTL is proud to be representing at this year’s NCCE – Northwest Council for Computer Education – Conference in Portland, Oregon. NCCE is a professional learning organization for educators and hosts the largest education conference in the Northwest. An affiliate organization of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), NCCE has a membership base from Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. We’ll be in booth #916 from Wednesday, March 18 to Friday, March 20 where you can register to win a CTL Education Chromebook!
We’ve got a strong background in education solutions, starting with our line of 2goPC ruggedized mobile classroom devices and continuing to our most recent CTL Education Chromebook. Our goal is to offer educators the tools and technology needed to prepare students for the future. We’re your source for Hapara licenses, Google Play for Education tablets, Chrome Management Console licenses and more. Due to our partnership with Securly, CTL offers educators cloud internet security on Chromebooks for CIPA compliance. And we can also provide Pearson iLit Literacy intervention and other digital learning packages to K-12 educators.
Educators, administrators and IT professionals attending this year’s NCCE Conference are invited to stop by our booth #916 to learn more about how we can help your educational organization upgrade their technology while saving time and money. Don’t forget to register to win our CTL Education Chromebook, a rugged, water resistant, fast, secure and simple classroom solution with everything built in. When dropped on a side or corner, the CTL Education Chromebook’s plastic bumper hits the ground first, protecting the LED screen. Reinforced ports, water-resistant keyboard and a non-slip texture helps protect your school’s investment. The retractable carry handle makes it easy for students to transport and hang in a locker.
We hope to see you at this year’s NCCE Conference! If you’re unable to attend, feel free to contact CTL for more information about our mobile devices, IT solutions, apps and internet security for educators.
Check out CTL’s Selection of Mobile Classroom Devices and Other Solution for Education at MACUL 2015
By Aaron Pearson, Sr. Account Manager, Great Lakes Region
I’m looking forward to the upcoming MACUL (Mihigan Association of Computer Users in Learning) conference March 18-20, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. If you’ve not yet registered, registration is still open. This conference will draw over 4500+ educators from around the region and feature speakers, exhibits, networking and an opportunity to learn about the latest in education technology.
For those of you attending, I invite you to stop by and see me in the CTL booth #838. CTL has a 25 year history of computer manufacturing and proudly bases our operations here in the U.S. We’ve partnered with industry leaders such as Intel and Google to develop education-specific Chromebooks, laptops and 2-in-1 tablet devices. We help schools to create an interactive learning experience for teachers and students, streamline set up and management for IT departments and ensure that internet use is safe and secure. Due to our partnership with Securly, CTL offers educators cloud internet security on Chromebooks for CIPA compliance. And we can also provide Pearson iLit Literacy intervention and other digital learning packages to K-12 educators.
Come see our demo units at this year’s MACUL conference, including our ruggedized CTL Education Chromebook and 2go PC NL5 Windows 2-in-1 tablet. I look forward to meeting you and telling you more about our education solutions such as:
- Chrome Management Console Licenses
- Hapara Teacher Dashboard Licenses
- Full Color Logo Painting
- White Glove Configuration Service
- Eco-Friendly Bulk Packs
- Intel Education Solutions
- Securly Cloud-Based Internet Security
- Pearson Digital Learning Programs, including iLit
- Chromebook Storage Carts
Today’s classroom is changing and we at CTL are here to help you transition into an interactive 1:1 e-learning environment. I hope to see you at this year’s MACUL conference, but if you’re unable to attend, feel free to contact CTL with any questions about our products and solutions for educators.
CTL is your source for Google email for business, which offers email for your domain, 30GB inbox storage and more
CTL has partnered with Google to offer our customers Google Apps for work, including Google email for business. An email address from your business’s web domain gives you a professional image, which helps to build customer trust. Google email for business allows you to create as many group mailing lists as your company needs and unlimited group email addresses. Gmail for business offers many benefits that are not available to personal Gmail users.
- Custom email (@yourcompany.com)
- Unlimited group email addresses
- 99.9% guaranteed uptime
- 30GB inbox storage – twice the storage of personal Gmail
- Zero ads
- 24/7 support
- Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook
- Automatic back ups
- Spam protection
- Industry-leading security measures to protect your business data
If you’re on the go like most business people today, you’ll appreciate using Google mail for business iOs and Android apps that will allow you to read and draft messages across mobile and desktop platforms. Even when you’re not online, Gmail for business will save your draft messages and send them when you’re back online. Another powerful tool that’s part of the Google email for business package is Hangouts, which enables users to chat with colleagues, dial a customer’s phone number and host or join a video meeting, straight from their inbox.
There’s no better time to sign up for Google mail for business. Gmail works great with desktop clients like Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird. Outlook users can sync emails, events and contacts to and from Google Apps. It’s easy to migrate your email from Outlook, Exchange or Lotus easily with custom tools that will ensure your important messages are saved. If you’re wear a few different hats in your company, you’ll love the ability to create multiple email aliases (up to 30 for each user!)
Google email for business is just one of the many useful apps to improve office efficiency that’s available with Google Apps for Work. Contact us today to learn more about Google Apps for Work! Use the link transfer my Google Apps for Work billing to CTL to switch your Google Apps for Work billing to CTL.