Windows 8 Tablet/Notebook Mash-ups

Windows 8 hybrid tablet/notebook - Microsoft Surface

Manufacturers are showing off upcoming Windows 8 devices for the first time at a trade show in Berlin this week. In a couple of months you’re going to be walking down store aisles full of odd devices with screens and keyboards that twist and turn and swivel and detach and slip in every direction. […] continued

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Sixty Days Of Technology

changescoming

Get some popcorn, keep a grip on your wallet, and settle down. The action is about to begin.

There are big changes coming up in the world of mobile devices, and the thrilling conclusion will affect your computers as well when Microsoft officially releases Windows 8.

Here’s a look at what lies ahead. […] continued

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Before You Call The Help Desk

The IT Crowd – Have You Tried Turning It Off And On Again

[Click here if you don’t see the video above.]

As the years go by, your tech problems are getting more and more complex – but it’s still helpful to review the basics every so often. Vivian Manning wrote a nice collection of IT homilies for Attorney At Work covering some of the oft-repeated truths of IT support. […] continued

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Apple Updates The MacBook Pro

Apple Updates The MacBook Pro with Retina display

Apple introduced updated notebooks at the Worldwide Developer Conference this week, with much fanfare and media hubbub – and surprisingly little substance.

The highlight is the 15” “MacBook Pro with Retina display,” which follows the “new iPad” in demonstrating that Apple has completely lost its way in product branding. The MacBook Pro has a very high resolution display, a speedy processor, a solid state hard drive (SSD), a slightly slimmer profile, and a price tag that is unexpectedly high even for Apple. […] continued

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Say Goodbye To Windows XP

Say Goodbye To Windows XP

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. […] continued

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Ultrabook Update And Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

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. […] continued

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Getting Through A Transitional Year

changeahead

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. […] continued

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What Happens If Windows 8 Fails?

Windows 8 - Blue Screen

Previously:
Windows 8 And Post-PC Computing
Windows 8 And The Metro UI

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. […] continued

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Windows 8 And The Metro UI

windows8-startscreen

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:

windows8-tablet

 

And the Start screen on your next phone will look something like this:

windows8-phone

The look will be consistent. […] continued

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Backup Strategies

Bruceb Cloud Backup - monitored online backups

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. […] continued

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Rules For Computer Safety 2012

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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. […] continued

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Free LogMeIn App For iPad (And Some New Reasons To Buy LMI Pro)

LogMeIn Free iPad app

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. […] continued

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The Future Of SMB IT Consulting (a.k.a. Advertisements For Myself)

thefuture

Previously:
Live Tech Support From Microsoft Answer Desk
The Changing Landscape For SMB IT Consultants

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. […] continued

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The Changing Landscape For SMB IT Consultants

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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. […] continued

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Operating System Market Share Might Be Different Than You Think

OS market share - Apple vs Windows

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. […] continued

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