It’s Not The Device, It’s The (Expanding) Ecosystem

It's not the device, it's the ecosystem - Apple iOS vs. Android

When you go into a Verizon or AT&T store, you aren’t buying a smartphone. You’re buying an entry ticket into a beautiful garden, an ecosystem full of wondrous delights. Apple and Google are working nonstop to make their gardens into bigger and better places, with the hope that you will stay with them as you buy more devices. […] continued

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It’s An Android World! Is There Any Hope For Windows Phone?

It's an Android world! Is there any hope for Windows Phone?

Eighty-five percent of smartphones shipped in the second quarter of 2014 were running Android.

Eighty-five percent for Android! Astonishing.

Apple’s share of the global phone market slipped below 12%. The market is growing so fast that Apple’s shipments were up from the previous year while their share of the total market declined. […] continued

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Internet Explorer Will Start Blocking Old Java Plugins

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This week’s Patch Tuesday updates included a security update that will block old, insecure versions of Java and other outdated ActiveX controls. Java has been a huge security problem for years and this is an overdue way to keep it from being exploited by the bad guys. (Microsoft’s security record is good overall but in this case it’s behind Chrome and Firefox, which have had similar blocklists for several years.)

In its announcement, Microsoft pointedly noted that Java exploits accounted for between 84% and 98.5% of all Internet Explorer attacks by exploit kits (bundles of malware sold commercially) each month in 2013. […] continued

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The Best Thin And Light Windows Laptops You Can Buy Now

Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook

Here are some shopping tips about the best Windows laptops on the market today.

It’s a good time to buy. There’s nothing revolutionary on the horizon. Later this year or early next year, Intel’s next generation of processors will extend battery life even further, but not enough to justify a delay. […] continued

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How To Install Windows 8.1 on a Dell Optiplex Computer

Dell Optiplex - sold with Windows 7

Here’s a tip for people who buy and set up business computers.

Dell sells almost all of its business desktop computers with Windows 7 pre-installed. That continues to strike me as wrong in many ways, especially now that Windows 8.1 has been significantly retooled for keyboard and mouse users, but perhaps it suits conservative enterprise buyers. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Five Ways To Make Windows 8.1 Feel More Familiar

Windows 8.1 - update in Windows Store

By this time all Windows 8 computers should be running Windows 8.1, the update that is installed from the Windows Store. (If you’re not sure, this article will help you find out if you have Windows 8.1 and give you some tips about how to install it.)

The most significant changes to the interface in Windows 8.1 and the major update that followed it in April are aimed at keyboard and mouse users. […] continued

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Bruceb Attends A Conference July 25-August 2

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Next week I’ll be attending a strategy and planning session with a hand-picked selection of high-powered executives. Among others, the attendees include the Chief of Medical Legal Affairs at Kaiser Permanente-Santa Rosa; one of the partners at Studio Bondy Architecture in San Francisco; the CEO of Coyote Coast Youth & Family Counseling; and the founder of web development firm Sutro Research. […] continued

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Windows Tip: Seven Shortcuts That You Don’t Know About

Windows tips - some shortcuts you don't know about

Sure, you’re a Windows power user, but there’s always room for a few new Windows tricks, right? Here are some little-known ways to speed things up. These tips work in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Many of these tricks use the Windows key. That’s the key on the physical keyboard to the left of the space bar, usually between Ctrl and Alt. […] continued

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The Return Of X1 Search

X1 Search 8 - fast file and email searches

X1 Search 8 is a program for searching files and emails. It is not for everyone but there are some law office and small business professionals who will find that it immediately enhances productivity and quickly becomes an essential tool.

Windows and Outlook are indexed and searchable already. It will take a minute to explain why you might want to spend $49.95 on a program that does the same thing that you can do already for free. […] continued

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Windows Phone 8.1 Update Arriving Soon

Windows Phone 8.1 update arriving soon

Windows Phone 8.1, a major update to Microsoft’s phone OS, will be rolled out to Windows Phone users over the next few weeks. If you have a Windows Phone, you’ll be alerted when it’s available, possibly as soon as this week. There are some nice improvements in the new version, as Microsoft continues to make Lumia phones into a tempting alternative to iPhones and Android phones. […] continued

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New Office 365 Plans: Good News And Bad News

Office 365 - new small business plans

On October 1, Microsoft will revamp its Office 365 plans for small and medium businesses.

The good news is that the new plans are more flexible and slightly cheaper than the small business plans available today.

The bad news is that Microsoft cannot find its way out of the branding maze it has created and the new plans only increase the confusion. […] continued

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Increase Security By Removing Local Admin Privileges From Employees

Increase security by removing local admin privileges from employees

Windows 7 and 8 are hard to attack if the user does not have local administrator privileges. Small businesses can reduce the amount of adware and malware and cruddy software on office computers by removing administrator rights from employees.

This requires some background, and it’s not a magic bullet – there are some tradeoffs when you implement this. […] continued

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OneNote Tip: Clip A Web Page By Mailing A Link To Me@OneNote.com

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Microsoft has added yet another nifty feature to make OneNote easier to use. If you send an email to me@onenote.com with a link to a webpage, a screenshot of the webpage will automatically be added to your Quick Notes in OneNote.

A few months ago, Microsoft added the ability to send the contents of an email message to Quick Notes. […] continued

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Why InstantGo Is The Next Buzzword You Need To Know

InstantGo - instant startup for Windows laptops

InstantGo is new laptop technology that is making its first conspicuous appearance in the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 laptop/tablet. Expect to see it mentioned in marketing materials for more new laptops in the next year. It’s a subtle but wonderful feature that new processors and hardware can use to improve your experience. […] continued

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Bruceb Backup Pro Now Available

Bruceb Backup Pro - maximum protection, fast recovery

I’m pleased to announce that Bruceb Backup Pro is now available for small offices that want maximum protection and fast crisis recovery.

All of the details are now available online on brand new web pages. Well, actually it’s all just a lightly-modified rewrite of the article I wrote about Bruceb Backup Pro last month, but it’s laid out nicely with lots of white space and the front page has pictures that look very high-tech, so that’s good, right? […] continued

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