computers

Surface Laptops And Lessons About Desperation

Microsoft Surface Laptop

Next month Microsoft will begin selling Surface Laptops, elegant and sexy, Microsoft’s first Surface devices with a traditional clamshell design. You’ll be tempted to buy one, but in the end you won’t. Almost no one will buy  them. Microsoft will sell some Surface Laptops, of course, but sales volume will be insignificant – no shame but no bragging rights. […] continued

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Technology Is Boring

Technology is boring

Technology in 2017 is just a bit . . . dull. There’s not much going on. You hadn’t really thought about it but now that I mention it, you know it’s true, right?

Choose your metaphor. It’s a plateau. It’s the calm before the storm. We’re in a holding pattern. We’re almost – but not quite – at a couple of tipping points. […] continued

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Twenty-Five Years Of Windows

Windows 3.1 Program Manager

Windows 3.1 was released on April 6, 1992. Happy 25th birthday!

Computers ran MS-DOS 5.0 in 1992. Windows 3.1 was a separate program that ran on MS-DOS by typing WIN at a command line. There was no taskbar or Start button. Real work was still done in DOS based programs like WordPerfect and Lotus 123. […] continued

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Apple Has Given Up On Computers

Tim Cook thinks about the future of Macs

These two things are true.

Apple’s revenues in fiscal 2016 from selling computers were more than twenty billion dollars. That makes Apple’s computer division almost as big as HP or Lenovo, and far more profitable than either of them.

Apple’s revenues in fiscal 2016 from selling phones and tablets were more than two hundred billion dollars. […] continued

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Rules For Computer And Online Safety 2017

Paranoia is your best defense on your computer and online

Email & online security     |     Computers     |     Phones & tablets

Antivirus programs     |     Adware

Passwords     |     Phone scams     |     Wire transfers

These are the rules for computer and online safety in 2017. You can download a copy here.

We are required to be paranoid and vigilant. Bad guys are coming up with inventive and sophisticated ways to fool us in email messages, on the phone, and on the web. […] continued

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Beware Of The 5400 RPM Hard Drive!

5400 RPM hard drives make computers slow!

Computer manufacturers are letting us down. Computers are being sold with specs that appear to be perfectly fine, but buried in the small print is a detail that means they are deliberately hobbled. They will disappoint you from the first day they’re turned on. Beware of the 5400 RPM hard drive! […] continued

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Shopping For Premium Business Laptops

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon & X1 Yoga - silver & black

Previously: This Is The Year Of Premium Business Laptops – what to look for in a new laptop

These are some of the best looking new and upgraded laptops shown off at CES last week. They will be coming on the market during the first six months of 2017.

I’m not going to list all the individual prices and features – in part because articles with lists of specs are mind-numbingly dull, but mostly because I don’t want to work hard enough to get the details right. […] continued

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This Is The Year Of Premium Business Laptops

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 2017

This will be a great year to buy a premium business laptop. Manufacturers are showing off lovely new and upgraded high-end laptops that will go on sale in the next few months.

In this article, I’ll tell you about the characteristics that make this year’s laptops stand out, and I’ll give you some general shopping tips that will help you choose any laptop. […] continued

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HP Spectre X360 Joins The Best Business Laptops

HP Spectre X360

The new HP Spectre X360 joins the small group of the best business laptops.

A business-quality laptop costs $1,000-$1,200. The best laptops in that price range are not gold-plated; they’re not over-powered; they don’t have unnecessary extra features. Instead, they’re perfect. They’re thin and light, they have long battery life, the screens are crisp and large enough to get work done, and they have full-size keyboards that are comfortable to type on. […] continued

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Stylish Desktop PCs Are Just Myths, Right?

HP Pavilion Wave

The gently curved triangular cylinder in the above picture looks like a particularly attractive speaker. Wrapped in thick-threaded fabric, a lid that looks like it’s made for distributing sound evenly – obviously it must be a subwoofer or all-in-one speaker. And in a sense you’re right, because that’s a high-quality Bang & Olufsen speaker blasting out through that lid. […] continued

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Upgrade Your Computer With A Solid State Drive

Upgrade your computer with a solid state drive

You might have an upgrade option that wasn’t practical a year ago.

It’s a combination of two things:

•   Prices have been dropping on solid state drives.

•   Windows 10 installs quickly and does not require lengthy updates.

There are a lot of parts to this and this might not work for you, but I know a lot of businesses in this position that might benefit. […] continued

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The Future Is Full Of Chromebooks

Magic 8 Ball: the future is full of Chromebooks

I’m not good at predictions. Tim Cook, the CEO of the largest company in the world, called me a twit during a global presentation a few years ago because I made a poor prediction. (Seriously. Here are the details.) I made a commitment then to avoid sweeping generalities about the future. […] continued

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Shopping For A New PC? Look For Signature Edition

Microsoft Signature Edition PCs help avoid crapware

Here’s a shopping tip if you’re looking for a new desktop or laptop PC: check the Microsoft Store for Signature Edition PCs.

Signature Edition PCs are shipped with Windows 10 – and nothing else. The drivers are installed that match the specific hardware but Signature Edition PCs don’t have any unnecessary programs at all. […] continued

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Lenovo Sets The Bar High For Business-Class Computing

lenovo_x1_2016lineup

 

Lenovo has expanded its X1 line to include a traditional laptop (Thinkpad X1 Carbon); a convertible laptop with a keyboard that flips 180 degrees (Thinkpad X1 Yoga); a Surface-style tablet with detachable keyboard (Thinkpad X1 Tablet); and an ultra-stylish all-in-one desktop computer (ThinkCentre X1). […] continued

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Personal Computers Are Just Too Hard To Use, And It Isn’t Your Fault

Computers are just too hard to use

“Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn’t your fault.”

That was the first line in the first column that influential tech journalist Walt Mossberg wrote on October 17, 1991 for the Wall Street Journal.

It’s still true. It’s twenty-five years later and it’s still true. That’s profoundly disappointing, and it has big consequences for our world. […] continued

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