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. Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processor provides a significant boost to battery life and performance. If you’ve been thinking of buying a notebook, it’s almost time to start shopping.
Soon it will be commonplace for notebooks to weigh 3-4 pounds, with slim profiles and solid state hard drives. Windows 7 takes full advantage of the hardware improvements, allowing an Ultrabook to resume from sleep in three or four seconds. […] continued
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.
I’ve written about all of these things before but it’s interesting to put it all in one place.
The biggest change is right in front of you all the time now. It’s the dawning realization that not everyone needs a computer. A computer is a massively overpowered and overcomplicated device for people who want to browse web sites, check Facebook, read email, and watch TV shows – and that’s all the technology that a lot of people need. […] continued
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. Enterprises have already had to accept the nearly instantaneous explosion of tablets and smartphones that are way outside their normal security comfort zone, and anyone outside of an office already has a tenuous relationship to Windows at best.
Windows 8 will be the reinvention of the entire concept, a bold move being led by smart people. […] continued
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. The gestures will be the same. The places on screen to swipe or touch will be the same and the same things will happen when you swipe them. Photos and apps and more will be seamlessly connected to all your devices as well as the cloud. […] continued
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.
You’re not done.
If you have a business with 3-25 workstations, there is valuable information on the other workstations, even if most files are stored on the server. Each computer on someone’s desk is likely to have a carefully maintained Favorites list, files stored on the desktop or in local Document folders, Outlook archives, photos, and more. […] continued
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!
If a web site brings something up on your screen that might be malware, turn your computer off with the power button. Get your hands off the mouse and do not click on “OK,” “Cancel,” or the X in the upper right corner! Anything that you click might lower the defenses on the computer and install malware.
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.
Let’s start with the basics.
LogMeIn provides a small bit of software that installs on your computer at home or the office. It’s tied to a LogMeIn account – an email address and a password. The basic program is free for connecting from one computer to another computer. […] continued
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.
And yet I think I’m going to be busier than ever for the foreseeable future. (The foreseeable future extends about five years. Ain’t nobody’s crystal ball that can predict further out than that in technology.) What’s the plan? […] continued
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.
Four things are combining to recast the traditional roles for small business IT consultants.
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. iPads, however, so completely dominate the tablet market that Amazon opted not to directly compete but instead to seek a different niche that will leave Apple as the undisputed king of the 10′” tablets – for now, at least.
Apple’s lineup of Mac computers and its releases of OS X upgrades are watched by bloggers and the media almost as lovingly as its mobile devices. […] continued