How To Speed Up Your Slow Computer

Speed up a slow computer with an SSD

Spoiler alert! How do you speed up a slow computer? For most of you, the answer is: Buy a new computer.

Realistically, there isn’t a better choice for most people. It’s a numbers game. If you have to pay someone for help with technical jobs, then the economics tip over quickly to a new computer. […] continued

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Adobe Releases New Version Of Acrobat 12 – um, “Acrobat DC”

Adobe Acrobat DC - Document Cloud

Adobe has released Acrobat DC, a new version of Acrobat with a completely revamped look and lots of Features You Probably Won’t Use™.

Let’s see if we can answer some of the basic questions about what’s new, where you can get it, and how much it costs. But we’ll start with the most pressing question. […] continued

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It’s Magic! Turn Your Phone Into A Scanner With Office Lens

Turn your phone into a scanner with Office Lens for iPhone and Android phones

Last week Microsoft made Office Lens available for iPhones and Android phones. It’s a free app that turns your phone into a fast and efficient scanner, able to easily capture documents, business cards, receipts, whiteboards, and more. It’s practical and useful and does some great magic tricks to make the process easy. […] continued

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How To Defend Yourself Against Adware & Malware

Adware & malware / virus - where it comes from, how to avoid it

I spent the weekend trying to clean adware off a perfectly nice computer. One errant click and the damage was done: web pages began filling with links to ads, injected by the blizzard of programs, browser extensions and add-ins that had come on board. The browser home pages were changed, the desktop was littered with new icons, popups were appearing in the middle of the screen, on and on. […] continued

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Microsoft Surface 3 Might Be The Low-Priced Laptop/Tablet You’ve Been Waiting For

Microsoft Surface 3 compared to Surface Pro 3

The new Microsoft Surface 3 combines the good qualities of the Surface Pro 3 with a dramatically lower price tag. It’s a real Windows PC, with none of the compromises of the earlier Surface 2, so you can run all of the programs you can run on any other Windows laptop or desktop computer – but pull the keyboard off or fold it back and the Surface 3 is also quite a nice tablet. […] continued

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Introducing Bruceb Remote Access

 

Bruceb Remote Access - secure, inexpensive alternative to LogMeIn

Bruceb Remote Access gives you remote access from anywhere to your home or office computer. It is a low-priced alternative to LogMein for Bruceb Consulting clients.

For $25/year per computer, you can log in at http://www.bruceb.com/remoteaccess and work on a remote computer as if you were sitting in front of it. […] continued

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Leaving LogMeIn

Leaving LogMeIn

LogMeIn is the highly regarded company that makes the best known remote access program in the world. It also provides top-rated tools for enterprises and IT professionals, including LogMeIn Rescue, the support tool that I’ve used for years to start remote sessions on client computers.

I’m leaving LogMeIn. You don’t have to follow my lead (although I might tempt you to switch to a different remote access program), but let me give you some background about why I think LogMeIn is on the wrong track. […] continued

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Use The Space Bar To Scroll Up And Down Web Pages

Use the space bar to scroll up and down web pages

Sometimes it helps to make sure you know some of the basic tricks. Here’s one that everyone should be using. It goes back to the dawn of computing, more or less.

When you’re viewing a long web page, hit the space bar to scroll down one screen.

Hit Shift + space bar to scroll up one screen. […] continued

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OneNote Clipper Is The Best Way To Save Web Pages (And OneNote Keeps Getting Better)

OneNote Clipper is the best way to save web pages

An update to OneNote Clipper has made it the easiest and best way to save content from the web, from entire web pages to just the content you want – articles, recipes, pictures, or anything else. It’s only the latest in a series of updates for OneNote; Microsoft has been improving OneNote continuously, taking an already great program and making it better, especially on mobile devices. […] continued

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USB-C: One Port To Rule Them All

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The next generation of USB is making its debut this month, and it’s a big step forward. USB-C is so much more versatile than existing ports that it can and eventually will replace most of them. It doesn’t just handle USB devices like memory sticks and external hard drives; USB-C can also handle high-resolution video, Ethernet data, and it carries power in and out, allowing it to be used to charge a computer or for the computer to charge a device plugged into it. […] continued

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Windows Phone Fades Into Insignificance

Windows Phone fades into insignificance

In 2012, Microsoft embarked on a grand experiment to create a worthy competitor to the iPhone and Android out of thin air. It devoted huge resources to develop Windows Phone 8, a phone operating system with unique and endearing features, then implored developers large and small to treat the nascent OS as an equal and develop apps for it. […] continued

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Eliminate Crapware With Signature Edition PCs

Microsoft Signature Edition PCs - no junkware

When you’re shopping for a new computer, especially a laptop, take a look at the Microsoft store for Signature Edition PCs. The selection is interesting, the prices are comparable to what you might pay elsewhere, and the opportunity to get a clean PC is worth considering.

A new computer is more likable when there is no crapware installed on it – the junk programs chosen by the manufacturers to make a few extra dollars by preinstalling unnecessary utilities, useless apps, terrible games, and advertising-laden trials of unwanted programs. […] continued

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What I Did On My Spring Break

New Zealand GForce Paragliding

I missed you all very much, honest. Here are a few more pictures if you want to be sure that I was using my time wisely.

Here’s how I overpacked on technology for international travel:

•  OnePlus One Android phone, converted to a New Zealand phone with 2Gb of data, unlimited local calls, and 100 minutes of US phone calls, for $49 with a Vodafone airport SIM card. […] continued

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Let Your Eyes Relax With f.lux

F.lux - free program to adjust the warmth of your monitor

I stand at my desktop computer at all hours of the day and night. When I reformatted the hard drive on my desktop computer, f.lux was the first program I installed after I got Windows running. I’ve used it for many years to reduce eyestrain at night and make it easier to sleep. […] continued

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Even More Alarming Security Threats

Alarming security threats - hard drives, SIMs, and Lenovo malware

The latest threats to your security come from the good guys. They’re completely out of control. Give up any lingering dream of having any privacy. We depend on technology, and our technology is firmly in the grip of governments and advertisers watching our every move.

Really, this last week has been over the top. […] continued

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