computers

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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Microsoft, Google And The Race To The Bottom

Microsoft, Google And The Race To The Bottom

Microsoft and Google are stepping up their efforts to gain market share by encouraging manufacturers to sell large quantities of ultra-cheap phones, tablets and computers. And in an interesting new development, some of those cheap devices won’t suck.

Let’s talk for a minute about the strategy behind the upcoming flood of low-end devices, then look at some examples. […] continued

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The Confusing World Of Video–VGA, DVI, HDMI & DisplayPort

The Confusing World Of Video–VGA, DVI, HDMI & DisplayPort

There are too many possible connections for monitors. It’s increasingly likely that you won’t be able to set up the monitor configuration you want without frustrating trips to Amazon searching for the right adapter.

There are no answers here except to be prepared for stumbling blocks when you set up a new computer and monitor, especially if you have a laptop and you want to use dual displays. […] continued

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The Best Thin And Light Windows Laptops You Can Buy Now

Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook

Here are some shopping tips about the best Windows laptops on the market today.

It’s a good time to buy. There’s nothing revolutionary on the horizon. Later this year or early next year, Intel’s next generation of processors will extend battery life even further, but not enough to justify a delay. […] continued

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How To Install Windows 8.1 on a Dell Optiplex Computer

Dell Optiplex - sold with Windows 7

Here’s a tip for people who buy and set up business computers.

Dell sells almost all of its business desktop computers with Windows 7 pre-installed. That continues to strike me as wrong in many ways, especially now that Windows 8.1 has been significantly retooled for keyboard and mouse users, but perhaps it suits conservative enterprise buyers. […] continued

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Increase Security By Removing Local Admin Privileges From Employees

Increase security by removing local admin privileges from employees

Windows 7 and 8 are hard to attack if the user does not have local administrator privileges. Small businesses can reduce the amount of adware and malware and cruddy software on office computers by removing administrator rights from employees.

This requires some background, and it’s not a magic bullet – there are some tradeoffs when you implement this. […] continued

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Why InstantGo Is The Next Buzzword You Need To Know

InstantGo - instant startup for Windows laptops

InstantGo is new laptop technology that is making its first conspicuous appearance in the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 laptop/tablet. Expect to see it mentioned in marketing materials for more new laptops in the next year. It’s a subtle but wonderful feature that new processors and hardware can use to improve your experience. […] continued

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Is The First True Laptop/Tablet Hybrid

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 is the first device that can replace both a laptop and a tablet with a single hybrid that fits in both categories. It has a 12” screen and full-powered internals worthy of a powerful laptop, combined with a detachable keyboard and the impossibly thin and light characteristics of a tablet. […] continued

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Speed Up Your Slow Laptop With An SSD

ssdhdcomparison

Laptops fly when they have a solid state hard drive (SSD) instead of a conventional hard drive. If you buy a new laptop with an SSD, it will make more of a difference to your day-to-day experience than the processor or the amount of memory or any other component.

If you’re not familiar with SSDs, I wrote this explanation a few years ago. […] continued

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Tiny Computing With The Intel NUC

Intel NUC - the next step in tiny desktop computing

It shouldn’t be a surprise that computers don’t have to be large any more – we’re accustomed to laptops that are razor thin and weigh three pounds, after all. But it’s still surprising to see the Intel NUC, a powerful, full-featured computer stuffed into a four-inch square box that weighs eighteen ounces. […] continued

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Windows XP Computers Must Be Taken Out Of Service Now

Windows XP computers must be taken out of service

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. If you haven’t taken all Windows XP computers out of service by April 2014, you and your business will be vulnerable to data theft, identity theft, PC vandalism, viruses, and malware.

“End of support” means Microsoft will not issue any more security updates for Windows XP or Office 2003. […] continued

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A Few New Computers (And A Couple Of Tablets)

Dell Inspiron One 23 all-in-one with touchscreen

In the market for a new desktop computer? Laptop? Tablet? Phone?

Good luck! There are way too many choices. I can’t imagine how you pick one.

The good news is that almost everything is good enough, especially in the desktop and laptop worlds. Just about everything on the market that’s above the bottom shelf at Walmart has a big enough this and a fast enough that. […] continued

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Let’s Blame The Computer Manufacturers

Dell & HP - let's blame the computer manufacturers

Desktop computer sales are plummeting.

Windows 8 is preparing to slink offstage after a fairly disastrous time in the spotlight, to be replaced in early 2015 by the Newer! Brighter! Better! Windows 9.

No one is enthusiastic about buying a computer any more. It’s just an overly complicated tool – more of an annoyance than a treat. […] continued

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Rules For Computer Safety 2014

Rules for computer safety 2014

These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2014.

The bad guys are even scarier this year. You will get phony email messages that look perfect – nothing to give away that the messages don’t really come from your bank, the IRS, UPS, Microsoft, or, well, anyone. […] continued

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The Tablet Takeover

It's a tablet world

The world is changing. Here’s an anecdote to help you understand just how fast it’s happening.

My wife was at a conference last week attended by a hundred medical and legal professionals. Each person had a device for viewing the speaker slides and taking notes.

Three of them, including my wife, had laptop computers. […] continued

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