computers

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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Why Is It So Difficult To Buy Windows 8 On A Business Desktop Computer?

Downgrade ahead - it's nearly impossible to buy Windows 8 on business desktop PCs

For reasons that I can’t comprehend, it is almost impossible to buy Windows 8 on many mainstream business desktop PCs.

Windows 7 beats Windows 8 market share gainsThe tech press finds it endlessly entertaining to chart the slow sales progress of Windows 8. The most recent collection of articles from last week trumpeted statistics about continued strong sales of Windows 7. […] continued

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Looking Forward: Computing Without A Computer

Hosted desktops - computing without computers

Previously:
Looking Forward: Why You Might Never Buy Another Computer

This is one possible future for small business computing.

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO COMPUTE WITHOUT A COMPUTER

You sit down at a monitor and keyboard. There’s no computer in sight but there’s a login prompt onscreen. Log in with your user ID and password and your Windows desktop appears. […] continued

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Looking Forward: Why You Might Never Buy Another Computer

Why you might have bought your last computer

Science fiction readers are familiar with novels that describe a near-future built on an outlandish concept, followed by an Afterword where the authors reveal that they are describing very real technology that is further developed than you realized. (Recent examples, all recommended: Daemon by Daniel Suarez, about artificial intelligence; Zero Day by Mark Russinovich, about cyberterrorism; and Nexus by Ramez Naam, about brain-to-brain communication.)

Let me describe a possible future to explain why you might never buy another desktop computer. […] continued

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