Three Tips For Changing Your Password

Three tips for changing your password

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. […] continued

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The Two Things You Need To Know About The Heartbleed Bug

The Two Things You Need To Know About The Heartbleed Bug

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. […] continued

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Learn Windows 8.1 From Paul Thurrott’s Windows 8.1 Field Guide

Windows 8.1 Field Guide - Paul Thurrott

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. […] continued

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The Evolution Of Windows 8 For Keyboard & Mouse Users

Windows 8.1 Update - improvements for mouse & keyboard users

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.

It’s not a coincidence that Windows 8.1 Update (the official name) arrives on the same day that the very last security patches are released for Windows XP. […] continued

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How To License And Install Microsoft Office

How to license and install Microsoft Office

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. […] continued

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Microsoft Office Is Everywhere (Now Including iPads)

Microsoft releases Office for iPad

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. […] continued

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The Week In OneNote News: Free On All Platforms, New Companion Apps

OneNote - now free on all platforms

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. […] continued

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Tiny Computing With The Intel NUC

Intel NUC - the next step in tiny desktop computing

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. […] continued

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Dell Latitude 13 Laptop Is Rugged And Cheap

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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. […] continued

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How To Survive The Adware Assault

Assaulted by adware

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. […] continued

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Windows XP Computers Must Be Taken Out Of Service Now

Windows XP computers must be taken out of service

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. […] continued

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Microsoft OneNote Will Be Free Everywhere (Even On Macs)

Microsoft OneNote will be free everywhere (even on Macs)

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.

Mary Jo Foley reports today that a new version of OneNote for Mac will be released soon for free. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Rename Your Accounts In Mail App

Windows 8 - rename mail accounts

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. […] continued

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Change Is Difficult! (Or, What Happened To Google Maps?)

Google Maps - new design

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. […] continued

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Should You Buy A Windows Phone?

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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? […] continued

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