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Hi there. My name is Richard Rost. I am is the owner of Computer Learning Zone, a small technology education firm based in Fort Myers, Florida dedicated to helping people get the most from their computers.

A self-taught computer expert, I founded Amicron Computing in 1994 to provide custom-built computer systems and related services to the Western New York area. In addition to building computers myself, I also offered my customers networking solutions, custom software development, and personalized training solutions to meet their individual business needs. My personal specialty is building database solutions using Microsoft Access.

I opened my first dedicated Computer Training Center in 1996 in Amherst, NY. Centered around small group instruction, I taught classes in Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Web Design, QuickBooks, Photoshop, WordPerfect, and more. What really set my training center apart, however, was the availability of advanced developer-level instruction in Microsoft Access, Excel, and Visual Basic. I developed all of my own training materials from my years of computer experience.

As the computer industry changed following Y2K, so did my business. As computers themselves became more "commercialized," and big companies - as they always do - put the squeeze on the smaller ones, I decided to stop providing hardware and PC service and focused more on training and consulting. It was during this time that I opened a new, larger training facility in Amherst NY. In addition to the small group training I had offered previously, I started holding large seminars and workshops for groups of 20 to 30 students.

amicron logoTaking the seminars yet one step further, I began offering my training sessions live, online over the Internet in the fall of 2002. They were immediately successful, and I was no longer limited geographically to the people I could reach. Thousands of students from around the world signed up for my online seminars.

After teaching live seminars for over a year, I developed highly-refined video tutorials under the very popular 599CD name. My goal was to offer tutorials at a price low enough so everyone could afford them. After much debate and research, I decided on a price of $5.99 for my beginner, one-hour lessons. Since the lessons were initially only available on CD-ROM, the name 599CD just made sense, plus it was a nice, short, available .com domain name. Today, I have many different levels of courses available (beginner through advanced) in several different topics.

As of May of 2022, my YouTube channel has over 200,000 subscribers and over 36.5 million views.

richard rost microsoft mvpWhile I no longer offer personal and group training sessions, individualized consulting, or software development services, I do still try my best to help people. I currently have a very popular online TechHelp video series where you can ask me your questions. If I already have a video that answers your question, I'll point you in the right direction. If not, and it's something that I feel will help many people, I'll make a custom video out of it. I enjoy assisting people from around the globe with their computer questions.

In 2010, I authored The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microsoft Excel 2010 published by Alpha Books (a division of Penguin Books). This is my first professionally "published" book.

In October of 2013, I moved to Cape Coral, Florida. I just couldn't take any more Buffalo winters and lack of sunlight. Give me palm trees and the ocean, please.

In 2014 and again in 2015, I was selected for the Microsoft MVP Award (Most Valuable Professional). It's such an honor to be part of this elite group of experts. There are only about 4000 people in the world with this designation.

In 2019, I moved to nearby Fort Myers, Florida, and rebranded my company Computer Learning Zone. Too many people kept asking me what 599cd meant.

You can read more about the history of 599cd, Amicron, and Computer Learning Zone here.

 

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