Scam Alert: Beware Of Chinese Domain Emails

Beware of Chinese domain name email scams

If you get an email urging you to take fast action because your business domain name is about to be registered by someone in China, throw it away. It’s a scam.

There has been a resurgence of these in the last few months. I’ve gotten a few and several clients have mentioned them recently. […] continued

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Should You Upgrade To Windows 10? The Verdict At Six Months

Windows 10 - time to upgrade

Windows 10 is exactly six months old. We are halfway through the period that Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers. (No one knows what will happen on July 29, 2016. If you’re going to upgrade, do it before then.)

Microsoft is going to step up its efforts in 2016 to get everyone to upgrade. […] continued

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Explore Art Collections, Relive Historic Moments, And Visit World Wonders With Google Cultural Institute

Google Cultural Institute

Google is an advertising company. Roughly 95% of its revenue comes from displaying ads on web pages. But it spends large resources on projects that are genuinely good for the world, even if they don’t directly make money. The Google Cultural Institute is one of those projects that I had missed in the five years since it was launched. […] continued

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The Ultimate Guide To Configuring Windows 10

The ultimate guide to configuring Windows 10

Upgraded a computer to Windows 10? Bought a new computer? This is the guide you need – tips and tricks for your Windows 10 computer to smooth out its rough edges and make the most of its new features.

I’ve assembled these suggestions based on feedback from dozens of small business users in the last six months. […] continued

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Simple Photo Editing From Adobe

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We are awash in photos. Our phones take better photos every year, and it’s so easy now to snap a dozen pictures where we would have taken one in the past, trying to get a picture with everyone’s eyes open. The selfies and landscapes, the pictures of food and loved ones and dogs and cats, all of them are accumulating in our Camera Roll and Pictures folders by the hundreds and thousands. […] continued

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Rules For Computer Safety 2016

Rules for computer safety 2016

These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2016.

We are required to be paranoid and vigilant. We run our businesses and manage our personal lives online, and the bad guys are endlessly inventive in their effort to find ways through our defenses.

The consequences are greater if you make a mistake. […] continued

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Outlook Is The Best Mail & Calendar App For iOS

Outlook app for iOS, Android

Chances are that you’re using the email and calendar apps that came with your iPhone or Android phone. They’re fine. No shame there. But you’re missing an app from Microsoft that does a better job. It’s named Outlook, because Microsoft cannot resist using the same names over and over and over to describe completely different things. […] continued

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R.I.P. David Bowie

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In February 1976, I saw David Bowie perform at The Forum in Los Angeles. It is one of my most vivid memories from the 70s – white lighting on a stark black stage, Bowie in tuxedo pants, white shirt and vest, no props, no special effects, with Bowie completely mesmerizing the audience using nothing but his stage presence and the powerful music from the Station to Station album. […] continued

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Improved Monitoring And Patching With Bruceb Remote Management

Bruceb Remote Management - improved patching & monitoring

Most Bruceb Consulting clients are protected by Bruceb Remote Management, the affordable service that monitors your computers and keeps them up to date. I’ve been working hard to make it more reliable and more valuable. Here are some of the things that are new in 2016.

WORKSTATION PATCHING  The service automatically installs updates for Windows, Office, and a long list of programs and utilities from third parties. […] continued

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The Best Laptop You Can Buy: Lenovo Updates The Thinkpad X1 Carbon For 2016

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga

The huge electronics trade show CES is in progress in Las Vegas, with manufacturers showing off a dizzying array of new laptops and tablets for 2016, along with talking refrigerators and autonomous drones and a lot of useless gadgets that will never actually make it into production. The best announcement so far: at the show Lenovo announced this year’s update for the Thinkpad X1 Carbon, the single best business laptop on the market, plus an unexpected addition to the Thinkpad X1 lineup. […] continued

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Another Way To Disable Windows 10 Upgrade Notices

Windows 10 - use GWX Control Panel to disable upgrade notices

Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela sat down for a remarkably frank interview on the Windows Weekly podcast a few days ago. One of the topics was the insistent push that Microsoft is making to drive Windows 10 upgrades – notices when you start your computer, notices popping up from the lower right corner, notices that do not have any obvious Cancel button (“Choose the time for your upgrade: [] Now  [] Tonight”). […] continued

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Season’s Greetings From Bruceb Consulting!

Season's greetings from Bruceb Consulting!

Happy holidays! Welcome to the end of 2015! I knew we’d make it. Take a deep breath. There’s no reason to feel the urge to throw a computer out the window for at least a couple of weeks.

It’s been an interesting year in technology, mostly good news but with occasional infuriating bits – which is actually the way it’s been for the last couple of decades, isn’t it? […] continued

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The Last Windows 10 Tip Of The Year: How To Sign Out

Windows 10 - how to sign out

It’s the end of the day. You’ve finished your work and you’re packing up. You can walk away as soon as you log off of the computer, which is running that new-fangled Windows 10 that’s all the rage in tech circles.

Here’s a picture of the new Windows 10 Start menu on my computer. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Find A Lost Laptop

Windows 10 Find My Device

A new feature quietly appeared in the Windows 10 November update: you can have your laptop send its location every few hours to Microsoft. If your laptop is lost or stolen, you can view the last location where it was online. Android phones, iPhones, and Macs have had this ability for years so Microsoft is playing catch up, but it’s still a welcome addition. […] continued

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Why Are PDFs Opening In The Edge Browser? And Other Windows 10 Default Annoyances

Windows 10 - change default PDF program

Microsoft needed to execute flawlessly on a number of things for Windows 10 to be an inarguable success. High on the list were two things: making the upgrade process smooth and uneventful; and creating the first impression that Windows 10 is both familiar and slightly improved over your previous version of Windows. […] continued

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