Many small businesses are clinging to ancient Windows XP computers in the belief that they are saving money by putting off the cost of replacing them. Typically the old computers have been passed down to the lower level employees – the ones who actually do the work – while the partners and owners and managers sit at their new Windows 7 desktops. […] continuedRead more
Intel’s Ivy Bridge chipsets will be available in new Ultrabooks very soon. There are persistent rumors that the first ones will be on the market after an announcement on June 5 at Computex, an important laptop trade show in Taiwan.
Ultrabook is the marketing term for 13”-14” laptops that are ultra-light and ultra-thin. […] continuedRead more
Let’s gather up all the things that are on the verge of changes large and small. It covers just about every category.
The common thread is that not one of them is ready now.
Everything is in play. Anything that you buy now will seem like a poor decision in hindsight within a short time. […] continuedRead more
Windows will continue to be the dominant platform for enterprises and professionals but it runs the risk of becoming irrelevant – or at best, just another equal but decreasingly important option – for a generation growing up with no particular loyalty to it. […] continuedRead more
The Start screen on your Windows 8 computer will look something like the screen above.
If Microsoft is successful is finding a place in the market for mobile devices, this is what the Start screen will look like on your next tablet:
And the Start screen on your next phone will look something like this:
The look will be consistent. […] continuedRead more
There is a lot of interest in online backups but they are only one part of a bigger picture. Let’s take a quick look at the options you have for backups.
Backing up the data on company servers is serious business for another article. Let’s assume that you have some robust way to back up the company servers. […] continuedRead more
These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2012. Memorize them, forward them to your friends, post them on Facebook, alert the troops, sound the alarm, and walk from door to door passing them out to your neighbors!
LogMeIn has moved far ahead of its competitors for working with computers remotely. It introduced major changes to its product lineup a couple of days before Christmas – not a good time to get much attention but an appropriate time to deliver lovely presents, since the changes include new features that will be useful for many of you. […] continuedRead more
Lots of forces are combining to change the services that you need for your small business or law firm, and at first glance most of them appear to limit my usefulness. You can get cloud services that don’t require ongoing maintenance, your devices are getting simpler and cheaper, and outsourced support is becoming available at a price that might undercut my hourly fee. […] continuedRead more
When Microsoft announced that it will provide free or cheap support for Windows and Office and common computer problems, it wasn’t a surprise for any IT consultant who’s been paying attention.
This is a look behind the scenes, some thoughts about the trends that are changing the landscape for IT consultants. […] continuedRead more
Apple’s brilliant success since Steve Jobs returned in 1997 has made it the largest company in the world by almost any measure, with a market capitalization that exceeds Microsoft and Intel combined. iPhones define the smartphone market, even if they do not completely dominate it now that Android has taken the lead in market share. […] continuedRead more
Small Business Server 2011 Essentials has one overlooked feature that fills an important need in most small businesses. Every night, SBS 2011 Essentials backs up all of the workstations in their entirety.Read more
In April, with little fanfare, Microsoft released three new server products to manufacturing and to the hardware vendors: Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Windows Home Server 2011, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.
Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is so well-designed and fits its niche so perfectly that I expected that it would become the standard platform for many very small businesses, as ubiquitous as SBS 2003 was in its day. […] continuedRead more
Don’t underestimate how much you’ve learned about using Windows.
Over the years I’ve been asked the same question frequently: “Should I switch to a Mac?”
Not very much has changed about my answer. I work mostly with small businesses and law firms, and there are mundane, practical reasons to stay in the Windows world. […] continuedRead more
The little device in the picture – about the size of a deck of playing cards, less than half as thick – is an Intel 160Gb solid state hard drive. It has given me a more significant speed boost for my computer than any other single device that I can recall – ever, in all my years of computing. […] continuedRead more