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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Behind The Scenes: Restarts And A Work Stoppage

Behind the scenes - news and updates about restarts, remote access, and a work stoppage

Some notes about why my clients’ computers have been restarting in the middle of the day, and advance notice of next week’s work stoppage at Bruceb Consulting.

Bruceb Remote Management causes random restarts

Some computers monitored by Bruceb Remote Management have restarted at random times during the day in the last couple of weeks. […] continued

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Using HP Scan & Capture To Create PDFs From Your Scanner

HP Scan and Capture - free Windows 8 app for creating PDFs from your scanner

HP Scan and Capture is a free app for Windows 8.1 that can create PDFs from scanned documents – if your computer and scanner meet the requirements. It may help some of you avoid paying Adobe’s expensive subscription rate for Adobe Acrobat.

The takeaway

•  HP Scan and Capture reaches out to your HP scanner and creates either JPGs or multi-page PDFs. […] continued

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Anthem Hack Has Bad Guys Descending To New Depths

Anthem hack - sample phishing email

Anthem, the second-largest health insurer in the country, revealed last week that hackers have stolen account information for 80 million customers – names, birth dates, medical IDs, Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses, and employment information. It puts all those people – and 80 million is a lot of people – at risk of identify theft. […] continued

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Getting Started With Android: The Wide World Of Apps

The wide world of Android apps

Previously:
Getting Started With Android: Office 365 Mail
Getting Started With Android: Reading & Listening

There are 1.3 million Android apps. I’m working on it but I haven’t tried all of them yet, and anyway, each of you will have favorites and essentials and frivolous time-wasters that suit you. I’ll describe a few of the apps that are on my phone, just in case it helps you find something new and useful. […] continued

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Getting Started With Android: Reading & Listening

Amazon Kindle - Android app

Previously:
Getting Started With Android: Office 365 Mail

The OnePlus One phone has given me a chance to explore the world of Android apps. Here are some of the apps that I’ve been using for the last couple of months for reading and listening. Some of them are specialized but perhaps you’ll get an idea for an app that might work for you. […] continued

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The Joy Of Audible Audiobooks

audiblelogo

When I got my new Android phone, the first app I installed was Audible, the audiobook service owned by Amazon. Many of you are already Audible listeners but perhaps some background will be helpful if you haven’t been introduced yet.

Audiobooks are nothing new. Old-timers will remember renting overpriced cassettes by mail from Books On Tape. […] continued

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Share Kindle Books With Amazon Family Library

Share books with Amazon Family Library

Amazon now allows you to share your Kindle books with your spouse and your children. The new “Family Library” is a bit confusing to set up but the effort is worth it if you want to read some of the books that have been purchased in your spouse’s Amazon account. […] continued

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Rules For Computer Safety 2015

Rules for computer safety 2015

These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2015.

We are required to be paranoid and vigilant. We run our businesses and manage our personal lives online, and the bad guys are endlessly inventive in their effort to find ways through our defenses.

The consequences are greater if you make a mistake. […] continued

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Windows 10 And The Evolution Of Personal Technology (Now With Holograms!)

Windows 10 - the return of the Start menu

Microsoft demonstrated many of the new features in Windows 10 at a press event yesterday, beginning a campaign to drum up excitement for the relaunch of Windows on computers, tablets and phones this fall.

It was an exciting event for tech enthusiasts. Don’t count out Microsoft! It is engaged in a long project to redesign Windows and integrate your experience across all your devices, trying to stay dominant on the desktop and become relevant in the mobile world. […] continued

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Getting Started With Android: Office 365 Mail

Android - add Office 365 Exchange / corporate account

For the last few weeks, I’ve been using Android for the first time on my new OnePlus One phone, after two years with a Windows phone. Many of you have far more experience than I do with customizing Android and choosing apps, but I’m going to share some of what I’ve been looking at in the first few weeks anyway, in case it gives you any ideas. […] continued

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Security Warning: Be Alert For Amazon Scam Email

Amazon scam email

The email above landed in my inbox this morning. It’s phony. I don’t know how it got through the junk mail filter. We are required to be paranoid these days! It’s sad. Let me give you some tips for staying safe out there.

The message purports to be from Amazon. It’s got the look and feel of Amazon’s emails. […] continued

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New Dell XPS 13 Signals A Good Year For Laptops

Dell XPS 13 2015 edition

Dell is selling a new 2015 version of the XPS 13 laptop that represents Dell’s return to form after years of ho-hum products. It’s one of a number of exciting laptop announcements this month that make me optimistic for the entire computer industry.

There are two sides of the big picture. […] continued

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Thinkpad X1 Carbon 2015–The Perfect Laptop Gets Better

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 2015

Lenovo will shortly begin selling a laptop with a rare distinction: it is perfect. It has everything that a business user wants from a laptop. It comes at a premium price, granted, but perfection has a price.

In 2013 Lenovo introduced the Thinkpad X1 Carbon, a nearly perfect laptop – impossibly light and thin, with everything that road warriors want. […] continued

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