The Heartbleed bug has been responsible for a lot of well-meaning advice to change your passwords. I’m a little skeptical about whether that’s necessary because of Heartbleed but – sigh – it is a good reminder that you should update your weak and duplicate passwords. That weak password you use everywhere is protecting your finances, your business, your social life, your computer, and your secrets, and a lot of bad guys are trying to crack it. […] continuedRead more
Heartbleed is the popular name of a security vulnerability that is generating a great deal of excitement. A bug in OpenSSL software – used by 500,000 widely used web sites for security and privacy – might allow a hacker to steal passwords or other confidential information.
There are two things you need to know about Heartbleed. […] continuedRead more
Windows 8.1 Field Guide is highly recommended for anyone who wants a clearly written book about what’s new and changed in Windows 8. It’s an experiment in self-publishing – over five hundred pages of information and screen shots that you can get for $2. If you’re someone who likes the comfort of looking something up in a manual, it will be money well spent. […] continuedRead more
Windows 8.1 computers are getting a significant update on Patch Tuesday this week, part of Microsoft’s continuing effort to improve the Windows 8 experience for keyboard and mouse users.Read more
Here’s a guide to buying a license for Microsoft Office, followed by a description of what Office programs and apps are available for computers, tablets, and phones.
The core Microsoft Office programs – Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, plus Outlook and OneNote – have been essential tools in every business since the dawn of Windows computing in the 80s. […] continuedRead more
The release of Office for iPad last week immediately makes an iPad a better productivity tool for anyone in business. It’s only one part of a major effort at Microsoft to make sure that Office continues to be the ubiquitous toolkit for everyone.
• Office was originally developed for keyboard and mouse users. […] continuedRead more
Last week Microsoft launched a major offensive for OneNote, trying to improve its brand recognition and make it more competitive with Evernote. It makes OneNote even more compelling for just about everyone, and there may be some lessons here for what Microsoft will do with its Office programs later this year. […] continuedRead more
It shouldn’t be a surprise that computers don’t have to be large any more – we’re accustomed to laptops that are razor thin and weigh three pounds, after all. But it’s still surprising to see the Intel NUC, a powerful, full-featured computer stuffed into a four-inch square box that weighs eighteen ounces. […] continuedRead more
The new Dell Latitude 13 is being marketed as an “Education Series laptop” for classrooms because of its sturdy construction, but anyone can buy it. It’s a good choice for parents and might be a good fit for anyone who will be using a laptop in a tough environment.
The Latitude 13 has some of the characteristics of Dell’s usual business Latitude laptops, but Dell has added rubber around the edges, Gorilla Glass on touchscreen models, and a sealed keyboard and touchpad to resist spills. […] continuedRead more
We are being assaulted by adware – programs installed by stealth and deceit by advertisers who do not care if they are unwelcome.
This isn’t a new problem but it’s getting worse. I feel like I’ve been spending half my time cleaning adware from perfectly nice computers in the last couple of months. […] continuedRead more
On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. If you haven’t taken all Windows XP computers out of service by April 2014, you and your business will be vulnerable to data theft, identity theft, PC vandalism, viruses, and malware.
“End of support” means Microsoft will not issue any more security updates for Windows XP or Office 2003. […] continuedRead more
OneNote is the cross-platform note-taking program that has been included with every copy of Microsoft Office for longer than you realized. Microsoft plans to raise its profile and add features to ensure that it stays a step ahead of its biggest competitor, EverNote.Read more
Here’s a trick that makes it easier to keep track of the different accounts set up on your Windows 8 tablet or computer. Try this:
– Open up the full-screen Mail app.
– Bring out the Charms bar and click on Settings. (Charms bar: swipe in from the right, or mouse to the lower right corner, or hit Windows key+C.)
– Click on Accounts. […] continuedRead more
Google Maps got a completely new look a couple of weeks ago. (On a computer in a web browser, not on your phone or tablet.) There is a huge amount of information packed into the new interface but it is not an easy process to discover it all. Many people (myself included) find it frustrating because it seems simultaneously streamlined and cluttered, and familiar things have been moved around and seem more difficult to use. […] continuedRead more
Samsung / LG / HTC have a new Android phone that’s slightly bigger / smaller / faster with more something and an improved something else!
Apple’s next iPhone will be marginally bigger than the current zzzzz
. . .
Sorry. I dozed off.
Wow, is the bloom off that rose or what? […] continuedRead more