We’re Moving

If you stop by the store, you’ll notice that we are packing up!

Don’t worry. We’re not closing up shop.

We are moving. Digital Age Solution’s new home will be at 5300 Westview Drive, Suite 103 Frederick, Maryland 21703. Our new office is right on the corner of Crestwood Village Boulevard and Westview Drive.

As our lease expired and the owners of our current location make plans for the future of their property, we decided it was time to make some changes ourselves. So, we’ve decided to stop leasing to limit the chaos that comes from not being able to control our home.

With our new home, there will be some changes. We will now be in a business park, and have a smaller space. If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that our store front was much larger in the past. In our new office, there will no longer be a store front.

We still welcome you to bring your computers to the office, but we will not have inventory of items for sale.

We will also still offer classes in a new classroom on site.

As soon as some tidying up and painting is complete, we will begin moving operations. We’ll continue offering our services during the move, but there will be a few days that we will not be able to take walk-in customers.

“Twenty-five years ago, I started my business making web sites. I began providing hosting, e-commerce sites, and more as things took off. Ten years later, more businesses were asking for help with their networks and computers. So, I expanded to offer full service I.T. and quite my full-time job with the State of Maryland.

I started in a tiny one-room office across the street from my home. I quickly needed to expand to accommodate employees and more work. Since that tiny office, Digital Age Solution has moved when the location could not or would not meet our needs. I’m so excited to stop paying rent, and eliminate one more variable out of my control.”

Mike Kuster, Owner

Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID

Long and complicated passwords are a thing of the past with this beautifully designed keyboard. The fingerprint sensor is subtly hidden in a normal-looking key and uses Windows Hello to let you sign in instantly and more securely with one simple press. It can be used wired or wirelessly with Bluetooth.

Available at Digital Age Solution Today!

Microsoft Arc Mouse

Slim, light, and ready to travel, Microsoft Arc Mouse is designed to conform to your hand — and snaps flat to fit easily in your bag. The next generation of our best-selling Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse, Microsoft Arc Mouse features numerous refinements, including the ability to scroll both vertically and horizontally. Connects via Bluetooth.

Ultra-slim and lightweight, Microsoft Arc Mouse goes anywhere without the weight or bulk of traditional mice. Just snap it flat and easily slip it in your pocket or bag.

Available at D.A.S. today!

ThinkPad P1 Mobile Workstations


Fusing the portability of ThinkPad with the power of a workstation, P Series laptops feature ISV-certified applications, lightning-fast graphics & processing, and more cutting-edge technology to handle your compute-intensive needs – in a surprisingly thin, light package.


DAS is The Great Frederick Fair’s I.T. Department

The Great Frederick Fair begins today! Once again, Digital Age Solution proudly serves as THE I.T. Department for The Great Frederick Fair.

Some of our friends wonder what exactly that means. Many people enjoy watching our live stream of the Birthing Center.

So, what else does Digital Age Solution do for The Great Frederick Fair?

  • Network Design, Construction, and Management
    • Wired Network Over Copper
    • Wired Network Over Fiber Optics
    • Wireless Networks for:
      • Entry Tickets
      • Entertainers
      • Exhibitors
      • Vendors
      • Public
    • Multiple Internet Circuits
    • VLAN Management
  • Hardware Management and Monitoring
    • Laptops
    • Tablets
    • Desktops
    • Printers
    • Monitors
  • Software
    • Management
    • Training
    • Support
    • Data Entry
    • Reporting
  • Security
    • Internet Security
    • Anti-Malware
    • Network Security
    • Off-Site Back-Up of Data
  • Technology Consultation
  • Drone and Aerial Footage
  • Time-Lapse Photography and Videography
  • Live Stream Video Production:

You can see our technicians on telephone poles, back stage, at entry gates, in office, and all around the fairgrounds. As more and more functions of the fair realize the efficiencies of emerging technologies, Digital Age Solution helps make those technologies work for the many facets of The Great Frederick Fair.

We hope to see you at the fair!

Value of Experience

A ship engine failed, NO ONE could fix it.

Then they brought in a man with 40 yrs. on the job. He inspected the engine carefully.
Then reached into his bag & pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped a spot.
Immediately, the engine rocked into life.

It was fixed!

Seven days later, the owners got his bill for $10,000.

‘What?!’ the owners exclaimed. ‘He scarcely did anything.’ They asked for an itemized bill.

His response:

“Tapping with a hammer = $2
Knowing where to tap = $9,998”


Don’t Ever Underestimate Experience!

Dictation – Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Voice as a natural input

Natural computing experiences enable us to speak directly to our devices to accomplish tasks, without typing. We see potential for voice input to dramatically change how people interact with their devices, far beyond novelty experiences or entertainment.

One way we’ve done this in the April 2018 Update is with Dictation. It’s now easier than ever to take a note or write a paper, with just your voice. With your cursor in any text field either in Windows 10 or in an app, simply press Win+H and start talking. The improved Dictation feature in Windows 10 will capture your thoughts quickly and accurately so that brilliant idea you just riffed on with your colleagues or the speech you’re practicing for your best friend’s wedding isn’t lost forever.

With the April 2018 Update and Cortana enabled on your Windows 10 PC, you can manage your smart home right from your PC using just your voice3. For example, want to come home to a warm house from a long day at work? Just tap Cortana on your PC and say “Hey Cortana, set the living room thermostat to 72 degrees” to control your ecobeeHoneywellNest Learning thermostat and more4.

Of course, there are many more great new features in the April 2018 Update including simplified IT management tools for our enterprise customers, new ways to create with Photos, 3D and Windows Mixed Reality, new ways to keep you safer online and enhancements to your PC gaming experience.

The April 2018 Update will be available as a free download beginning Monday, April 30.

With all the time you’ll save, how will you use your precious time?

Focus Assist – Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Focus Assist returns your focus

Today, most of us spend between 3-6 hours – each day – on screens. Much of this time is spent on social media, where the constant stream of distractions across our myriad of devices makes it hard to focus. In many ways, our attention is being hacked, pulling us into continuous scrolls of information, but distracting us from what matters most. This war on attention is real – in the workplace, the average amount of time people spend on any single event before being interrupted or switching tasks is about three minutes (outside of meetings). Since the average person needs about 23 minutes to regroup after being interrupted, we see our productivity and creativity diminished.

With the April 2018 Update we’re introducing Focus Assist to help you stay in the zone. Turn on Focus Assist whenever you want to get things done without distractions, like social media or other notifications. Or set it to turn on automatically at certain times during the day when you want focused time. When you finish, you receive a summary of what came through, whether notifications, emails or updates, while you were heads down. If you’re waiting on a specific call or email, choose people who you want to break through.

Timeline – Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Timeline helps you easily find what matters to you across your devices

We all get the same 24 hours. And now, more than ever, it seems like it’s never enough. People feel more overwhelmed than ever before and pretty much all of us would love more time – not necessarily time to do more, but time to do what we love. At Microsoft, we want to help you do just that.

The proliferation of devices, combined with the explosion of information, has led to an influx of screen time. In fact, today, practically all free time goes toward screens. Your information is spread across multiple devices – making it increasingly harder to find your stuff. We’ve all had the experience of digging through your email or file folders for the document you know you wrote, but can’t find. Or looking for photos and videos that you know you’ve seen and love, but can no longer locate. Timeline can help you get back this wasted time.

With Timeline, your Windows 10 PC lets you go back in time up to 30 days to find your stuff, whether you were working on it earlier today, last week, or a few weeks ago. Because much of our activity is on the go, you can even pick up what you were doing if signed into your Microsoft account while using Microsoft Edge or Office 365 on your iOS or Android device when you return to your Windows 10 PC. Imagine looking at bathroom vanity options for that home remodel when you’re out and about on your phone, and then finishing that purchase when you’re back at your PC. Or working on a document on the bus during your commute and seamlessly picking it back up when you’re at your desk.

Are You Protected from Ransomware?

Two large municipal governments, Baltimore and Atlanta, felt the pain of ransomware this past week. While Baltimore recovered within a day, Atlanta’s woes continue after a week without computers.

Baltimore’s 911 and 311 operators switched to methods many haven’t used in decades within emergency dispatch centers. The computer aided dispatch server fell victim to ransomware early Sunday morning after a network port was left exposed to the Internet. By Monday morning, dispatchers were back online.

Poor Atlanta and its citizens are not faring very well through their ransomware attack. The New York Times’ article entitled “A Cyberattack Hobbles Atlanta, and Security Experts Shudder” sums up the situation well. While their 911 systems were not affected, other important services took a step back in time, while others simply cannot function. “The Atlanta Municipal Court has been unable to validate warrants. Police officers have been writing reports by hand. The city has stopped taking employment applications.” All of these systems are being held ransom for $51,000.

We’ve had quite a few customers walk through the door with similar ransomware infections. The malicious software changes the names of files and/or encrypts the files. A message directs the user of the computer to send money in the form of a money order or cyber-currency such as Bitcoin. Once the hackers receive the funds, they send a key to de-crypt the files.

Often, there is a time limit to do this. Some ransomware permanently encrypts the files after the deadline. Others increase the ransom. Either way, its never a guarantee that these criminals will actually de-crypt your data after their pay off.

So, what can you do to avoid losing your photographs, music, videos, letters, etc.?

Digital Age Solution implements a multi-layered approach to protecting data.  Our most secure networks actively block known threats and suspicious activity. The security software we employ as a service blocks the encryption of files. If the hacker finds a way to bypass that protection, our back-up software maintains infinite versions of our customers’ backed-up data. Once we clean a system, we can roll back to a version before the encryption.

The Digital Age Solution Safe & Secure Services team reported four attempts on customers within the past seven days. The customers ranged from a two-person office to a very large local business serving the entire Mid-Atlantic region. The attempts were made on PCs and Macs.

Hackers work diligently to circumvent every road block.

Digital Age Solution employs security experts and analysts to keep ahead of the criminals and anticipate their next moves.

Hackers attempt to employ Ransomware Attacks on our customers networks on a regular basis.

Digital Age Solution actively monitors for these attacks and takes immediate action to keep customers’ data and networks safe. Like all of our services, we offer this service for home and corporate users.

To find out more about Digital Age Solution’s Safe & Secure Services by calling 301-662-7386.