Office 365 Clutter Will Help You Control Your Mail

Office 365 - Clutter helps control your mail

Next month Microsoft will turn on Clutter for everyone with an Office 365 business mailbox. Clutter is a new feature that automatically moves less important messages to a new Clutter folder in Outlook, allowing you to focus on the much smaller number of messages in your Inbox that deserve close attention. […] continued

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Blue Apron Will Make You Feel Like A Chef

Blue Apron - flat iron steaks with ramps, fingerling potatoes and shaved asparagus salad

Tomorrow night I’m making rice flake-crusted hake for dinner for the two of us, served with sauteed daikon radish and yuzu-soy sauce.

The next night I’ll prepare flat iron steaks with ramps, fingerling potatoes, and shaved asparagus salad, and a little dill crème fraiche on the side.

I’m not a cook. […] continued

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Restart Your Computer To Finish Patch Tuesday

Patch Tuesday - restart your computer twice, just in case

Microsoft released the usual rich crop of patches and updates for Windows and Office on Patch Tuesday this week. On my Windows 8.1 computers, two restarts were required – one for the first 39 updates, then a second restart for an additional 11 updates. It’s not required but you might want to restart your computer an extra time, just in case it helps finish the process of installing this week’s patches. […] continued

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OneDrive For Business And Microsoft’s Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

OneDrive vs. OneDrive For Business - login screen

Someday the difference between OneDrive and OneDrive For Business will be easy to understand.

Someday OneDrive For Business will work smoothly and the two services will be consistent.

Someday the services will have a system for sharing files that makes sense for small businesses.

But not today.

Microsoft shared more information about the roadmap for OneDrive at two conferences last week and now we know that OneDrive and OneDrive For Business are still going to be confusing and messy for at least another year. […] continued

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Internet Explorer Will Begin Blocking The Worst Adware

Adware examples that will be blocked by Internet Explorer Smartscreen Filter

The SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer will be updated in June to protect you against online advertising that might harm your computer. It’s a long overdue step to provide basic protection that really should have been covered years ago by your antivirus program.

The scum writing misleading “advertisements” have become more brazen, putting up outright lies to fool you into installing their crap. […] continued

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Get Outlook 2013 For Better Performance With Large Mailboxes

Microsoft Outlook 2013

If you have a large Office 365 mailbox, Outlook 2010 may be slowing down even if your computer is otherwise running at full speed. A new feature in Outlook 2013 – the “sync slider” – might improve performance significantly, and as a nice bonus you would also get the benefit of the other improvements in Outlook and the other Office programs. […] continued

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How To Make Google Happy (Mobile Edition)

Google Mobile Friendly update aka Mobilegeddon

Last week Google changed the rules about how websites must be designed to make Google happy and have your website rank high in search results. The “mobile friendly update” – or Mobilegeddon, as it was dubbed by tech journalists and SEO specialists – is not quite an apocalyptic change but it does give small business owners one more thing to worry about. […] continued

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The 3M Precise Mouse Pad Is My Favorite $7 Accessory

3M Precise Mouse Pad

It’s the little things that count. My mouse pad makes me happy. It’s my favorite $7 accessory.

I’ve used a 3M Precise Mouse Pad for years. 3M calls it a “mousing surface.” It’s got a microtexture on the surface that you can barely feel with your fingers, something like a subtle version of the ridges on those pictures that you can tilt back and forth to get a 3D effect. […] continued

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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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