December

MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS IS TOP PERFORMER

microsoftsecurityessentials1 If you got a new Windows 7 computer for Xmas, I hope you thought about security before you spent too much time playing online. I know, it’s not very exciting, but it needs to be done. I’m spending Monday morning trying to recover data from a computer that was taken down by malware, so I’ve got security on my mind. […] continued

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Happy Holidays From Bruceb Consulting

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Happy holidays from all of us at Bruceb Consulting! All my best wishes for an abundance of happiness and good cheer!

I’m looking forward to working with you in 2010 in a rapidly changing world of technology. These are the trends that will shape next year for small businesses:

  • WINDOWS 7  Many of you will be getting new computers to replace the aging, slow Windows XP systems under your desk, and finding that Windows 7 is quite delightful for work and play.
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DELL INSPIRON MINI 10

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Intel formally announced its new line of Atom N450 processors for netbooks, which will make the teensy computers powerful enough to be useful. In late January, Dell will be shipping the Inspiron Mini 10 with the new processors.

The features are pretty typical: 10-inch screens running at 1024×600 or 1366×768 resolution; 1Gb of memory (expandable, I hope); 160Gb or 250Gb hard drive; 3 cell or 6 cell battery; built-in wireless and optional built-in mobile broadband for data over a cell phone carrier’s network. […] continued

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EASY ACCESS TO SKYDRIVE

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Microsoft has 25Gb of free storage space waiting for you online. The Windows Live SkyDrive web site makes it easy to upload and download files. You can store files in folders that are private, or shared with a few other people, or publicly available – whatever you choose. Photos are displayed with attractive thumbnails, and someday we might be able to edit Word & Excel files stored in SkyDrive using online editors that look just like their desktop equivalents. […] continued

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Customize Windows 7 Taskbar – The Bruceb Way

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Previously:
Windows 7 taskbar
Customize Windows 7 taskbar – restore quick launch
Customize Windows 7 taskbar – expand buttons

I use a lot of programs. (If you have a morbid desire to know how many programs you use, install this little gadget from Wakoopa. Remember, this is not a contest – please, no wagering.)

You can pin 20 or so icons on the Windows 7 taskbar, more than enough for most people, but I wanted easy access to more even programs and shortcuts without cluttering up my desktop. […] continued

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PC TUNEUPS FOR CHRISTMAS

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Keeping your computer up to date is the only way to be secure.

If your home or office computer needs housekeeping, I’m standing by to clean things up. I’ll install security updates, remove unnecessary programs, and put on powerful, free antivirus software from Microsoft – all for a fixed price, no matter how long it takes. […] continued

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CUSTOMIZE WINDOWS 7 TASKBAR – EXPAND BUTTONS

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You can make the Windows 7 taskbar use expanded buttons with text, like Windows XP or Vista, if you don’t like the new collapsed icons.

Right-click on the Windows 7 taskbar and click on Properties.

Then click on the dropdown menu by Taskbar buttons and choose either “Combine when taskbar is full” or “Never combine.”

Make a note of the checkbox for “Use small icons.” The screen shot above shows small icons; the screen shot below shows large icons.

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DELL UPDATES OPTIPLEX DESKTOPS

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Dell’s line of Optiplex desktops was updated a few days ago. It continues to be my first choice for small businesses. Like all the manufacturers, Dell changes its consumer lineup frequently – there are a dizzying array of Inspiron, Studio, and Studio XPS models, with constantly changing colors and specs. […] continued

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CUSTOMIZE WINDOWS 7 TASKBAR – RESTORE QUICK LAUNCH

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Most people are happy with the changes to the Windows 7 taskbar. It combines the Vista/WinXP taskbar with the Quick Launch bar and expands on them with rich visual feedback when the mouse hovers over the icons and thumbnails pop up. There are more details about the Windows 7 taskbar here. […] continued

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The Next Generation Of Netbooks

netbook2 It won’t be long until netbooks take their place as something you’ll be considering as your second or third computer.

On January 10, Intel will formally unveil the next-generation processor that will allow netbooks to function at a reasonable speed. Asus, Acer, Lenovo, MSI, and others will have netbooks using the “Atom N450” processor available immediately. […] continued

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Dell Vostro V13

dellvostrov13Now that we’ve all had our fun looking at ultraexpensive ultrathin notebooks, Dell announced one this week that looks much more reasonable. The Dell Vostro V13 has all the characteristics we want from an ultrathin notebook – a 13” screen and a full-size keyboard, in a package that’s two-thirds of an inch thick and weighs three and a half pounds. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 AND THE ALT KEY

AltKey The ALT key does a few useful things that you haven’t seen yet.

Internet Explorer 8 originally was installed with the menu turned off at the top. Few people use the menu and it takes up space onscreen. It’s easy to turn on by right-clicking on the toolbars and choosing “Menu Bar,” but Microsoft found people were confused when the menu was missing. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 EXPLORER CHECK BOXES

Here’s a Windows 7 feature you haven’t found yet. It gives me a little tingle every time I see it.

Choosing multiple items from a list has always required holding the CTRL button while clicking each one. You probably know that there’s lots of opportunity for error when a finger slips. […] continued

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ENABLING WINDOWS SEARCH ON SERVER 2008

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Windows Search 4 is one of the most valuable services on your computer. It’s highly recommended for everyone using a Windows PC, as well as for servers in small businesses, but it is remarkably difficult to find out if it’s installed and working. I’ll give you some background, then show network administrators a trick for Windows Server 2008. […] continued

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UPDATES TO NEW YORK TIMES, GOOGLE

Two recent announcements.

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The New York Times officially added “Times Skimmer” to its family of web sites, with an attractive interface for browsing through news stories without scrolling. Here’s the announcement, and here’s more information about Times Skimmer. Make sure you’re also familiar with the standalone New York Times Reader, an even better way to read the news on a computer. […] continued

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