Happy Holidays From Bruceb Consulting!

Happy holidays from Bruceb Consulting!

Season’s greetings! I hope the end of 2014 finds you warm and safe, with plenty of gadgets and gizmos to keep you entertained.

The last year was the best of times and the worst of times for technology. Apple released the iPhone 6, which raised the bar for mobile devices. Google responded with continuous updates for Android that pushed it out of its gawky adolescence to become a mature and polished platform. […] continued

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Microsoft And The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Microsoft - just wait until next year, things will be better, you'll see

In some ways Microsoft did not have a great year in 2014. Windows 8 deserves better but it can only be called an interesting failure and Microsoft is anxious to put it in the rear view mirror. Windows Phone does not show any sign of gaining momentum.

There is better stuff coming from Microsoft. […] continued

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HERE And There In The World Of Mobile Maps

Nokia HERE Maps - soon on Android

There were two interesting announcements today about the free Nokia HERE mapping and navigation smartphone app. With some background, you’ll understand why the announcement of improvements in the Windows Phone apps is less important than the general availability of HERE Maps for Android (and iOS around the corner).

First, some history. […] continued

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A Few Shopping Ideas (And A Plea For Help)

Bruceb Consulting office - you can help!

This week I’m starting a makeover of the main office at Bruceb Consulting Global Headquarters, pictured above. With a bit of new equipment and a thorough hosing down, I’ll be ready to do an even better job providing support as a disembodied voice on the phone next year.

You can help! […] continued

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Sony Hack Might Be The Worst Cyberattack Ever

Sony hack - red skull screen displayed to employees

The hacking attack against Sony Pictures might be the most significant corporate intrusion in history – and the first salvo in a new and dangerous escalation of cyberattacks against governments and businesses.

On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures’ employees – all of them – discovered that their Windows computers were unusable, displaying the threatening image above. […] continued

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Three Reasons Why I No Longer Recommend Windows Phone

iOS & Android - Windows is a weak alternative on mobile devices

I was an early adopter of Windows Phone 8 and I have recommended Windows phones to clients and friends. I thought there was a good chance that Windows Phone would achieve sufficient momentum that developers would come on board and treat Windows as a platform worthy of the same respect and effort as iOS and Android. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: How To Delete PDFs Without Throwing Your Computer Out The Window

How to delete PDFs in Windows 8 and not go mad

Here’s a trick that may keep you from going crazy one day. I wish I’d known it before I gouged this nasty dent in the top of my desk with my forehead.

It’s such a simple thing. Open up File Explorer in Windows 8. Find a PDF that you don’t want. […] continued

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More Updates From Microsoft On Not-Patch-Tuesday

More updates from Microsoft

Microsoft released a massive update for Windows 8.1 and a firmware update for Surface Pro 3 this week, in addition to the Save-The-World patch for Windows servers described in yesterday’s article.

If you’re a Windows 8.1 user, an odd update has appeared on your computer with no fanfare, listed as an “Optional” update in the Automatic Updates window in Control Panel. […] continued

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Microsoft Issues Out-Of-Band Update To Prevent Global Chaos

Microsoft patches Kerberos vulnerability

On Patch Tuesday last week, Microsoft released the usual collection of updates to Windows and Office to fix day-to-day vulnerabilities.

This week brings a bonus patch for all versions of Windows on servers and workstations. Microsoft only issues an “out-of-band” update, outside the normal Patch Tuesday schedule, when a potentially nasty threat is being exploited by the bad guys in the wild – and this is very nasty indeed. […] continued

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Create Installation Media For Windows 8.1

Create installation media for Windows 8.1

Microsoft has made it easy to download and create an install disk or USB drive for Windows 8.1. Now you won’t be stuck if you have to reinstall the OS from scratch for some reason and you can’t find the DVD that came with the system from the manufacturer.

The download site is here: Create Installation Media For Windows 8.1. […] continued

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Is Microsoft Abandoning Windows Phone?

The future of Windows Phone

Windows Phone is barely a blip in the market compared to the overwhelming market share for Android and the overwhelming mindshare of Apple iPhones. The Windows Phone operating system is unique and lovable; the live tiles on the home screen are more attractive and more useful than the wall of icons on iPhones and Android phones. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: How To Play DVDs In Windows 8

How to play DVDs in Windows 8

Windows 8 does not include built-in support for playing movies from a DVD. If you can’t play a movie, your options are different than you might expect.

It was easy with Windows 7. Windows Media Player isn’t a very good program but at least it can play a movie in Windows 7 when you pop a disk in the drive. […] continued

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Crazy Eddie Sale On Microsoft Office–They’re Giving It Away!

Crazy Eddie - Microsoft is giving away Office

Microsoft unexpectedly announced that the Office apps on iPad, iPhone and Android devices can now be used for free without an Office 365 subscription. There are new versions of the core Office programs – Word, Excel and Powerpoint – for iPhones, updates for the already excellent iPad programs, and touch-optimized versions of the programs for Android tablets are right around the corner. […] continued

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What The Deal Between Dropbox And Microsoft Really Means

dropboxoffice

Dropbox and Microsoft unexpectedly announced a partnership to allow Office users to access and edit files stored in Dropbox directly from Office apps on phones, tablets and the web. The announcement comes just a week after Microsoft eviscerated Dropbox’s business model with unlimited OneDrive file storage. We can learn a lot from the deal about Microsoft’s business strategy and what to expect in the future. […] continued

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Remove Adware From Chrome With Software Removal Tool

Google Chrome Software Removal Tool

Google has released a Software Removal Tool that resets Chrome back to its default settings, removes extensions, and scans for bad software. It’s the nuclear option to return Chrome to normal after an adware attack.

Adware and malware authors are starting to target Google Chrome with the same dirty tricks that they’ve used against Internet Explorer for years. […] continued

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