Once in a while a tech deal shows up that is so good it deserves special attention. I’ve got a stocking stuffer for you that represents one of the great bargains of the year – frankly one of the great deals of the last few years.
Let’s do this like an infomercial.
No? Okay, I understand. MP3 players are old news. How about if the same device can stream online music from Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, and many other music services. […] continued
There are a variety of ways to connect remotely to Windows computers – Remote Desktop, LogMeIn, TeamViewer, and many more. You might need to enter your name in a new way to make a remote connection to a Windows 8 computer, if your Windows 8 user account is connected to a Microsoft account.
Tip: When prompted for credentials for a remote connection to a Windows 8 computer, the user name may have to be entered in this form:
– User name: MicrosoftAccount\emailaddress
– Example: MicrosoftAccount\firstname.lastname@example.org
Windows 8 encourages you to connect your Windows 8 login to an online Microsoft account. […] continued
I adore my standing desk.
I feel more energetic. It’s easier for me to stay focused. The health benefits are in the back of my mind all the time, helping me feel virtuous and keeping me on my feet even when the chair is calling.
Maybe you’ve noticed that anything you research turns out to be the worst thing in the world. If you Google obesity, or smoking, or drug abuse, or global climate change, or the collapse of honeybee colonies, or the pests taking down forests worldwide, or droughts in the Southwest, or the societal effects of income inequality, you will conclude that you have discovered the most important issue threatening your own survival (or the survival of the human race). […] continued
The Microsoft ecosystem of devices and apps is thriving and deserves your consideration when you’re looking for your next tablet or phone. Here are some of the latest developments.
Nokia Lumia phones are impressive! Well engineered, reasonably priced, with the best cameras on the market, bar none, and a selection of Nokia apps that add real value.
Amazon and Microsoft are well along in their plans to offer hosted desktops as a cloud service. In 2014 you will have the option to use a virtual computer to access a copy of Windows with your documents and programs from any device, including tablets.
There are problems to overcome and questions to be answered about availability and security, but the advantages may overcome the initial concerns more quickly than you’d guess. One interesting thing to consider: there are several hundred million Windows XP computers in the world. […] continued
This is one possible future for small business computing.
You sit down at a monitor and keyboard. There’s no computer in sight but there’s a login prompt onscreen. Log in with your user ID and password and your Windows desktop appears. Open up Explorer and browse to your files. Use Outlook and Word and your company’s line-of-business programs. Browse the Internet with your preferred browser and your bookmarks.
This doesn’t have to be done at your desk in your cubicle. Any monitor will do. […] continued
Science fiction readers are familiar with novels that describe a near-future built on an outlandish concept, followed by an Afterword where the authors reveal that they are describing very real technology that is further developed than you realized. (Recent examples, all recommended: Daemon by Daniel Suarez, about artificial intelligence; Zero Day by Mark Russinovich, about cyberterrorism; and Nexus by Ramez Naam, about brain-to-brain communication.)
Let me describe a possible future to explain why you might never buy another desktop computer. It will take three articles: one to explain today’s computing environment, one to describe the science fiction future, and an afterword about the companies that are working right now to bring you that future. […] continued
If you have a Windows 8 computer, laptop, or tablet, it’s time to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Here are a few tips to make the upgrade go smoothly and to enjoy the results.
Microsoft has a thorough tutorial that walks you through each step of the upgrade. It’s recommended reading before you launch the upgrade. I’m adding a few specifics, not giving you a complete walkthrough.
Windows 8.1 is available for every computer and tablet running Windows 8 (including the Surface tablets running Windows RT). There are small improvements throughout, from the obvious ones onscreen (a new Start button on the desktop) to a myriad of under-the-hood updates. […] continued
Passwords are the keys to your digital kingdom. Everything important on your computers and online is secured by passwords. Your passwords are your defense against identity theft, financial loss, compromised computers, and breaches of confidentiality and privilege. If you use a weak password, or if you use the same password over and over every time something calls for one, you are jeopardizing yourself and your business.
The basic rules of passwords are easy to list, harder to put into practice.
– Use complex passwords. (Pro tip: use a phrase. Most passwords can include spaces now. If your password has several words with spaces and a typographical character – “Honky Tonk Women!” – it will not be cracked.)
– Don’t use the same password at multiple sites. […] continued
LastPass released a major update this week. LastPass 3.0 gives the essential password manager a streamlined look and introduces some new features. If you’re a LastPass user, you’ll see some new things happening onscreen as you move around password fields. Don’t be unnerved! The changes will seem to be for the better, I think, after we get used to them.
LastPass is a free program that memorizes each password typed into a web site and automatically fills it in when you return to the same site. Once it’s up and running, the master password for LastPass is the only password you have to remember. […] continued