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Start10 Is Your Friend – Install It And Keep It Up To Date

Start10 - update message

If your Windows 10 computer displays an update notice for a new version of Start10, go ahead and install it. It’s safe.

 

This is your Windows 10 Start menu with Start10.

Start 10 - replacement start menu for Windows 10

Start10 is a five dollar program from Stardock Software that replaces the Windows 10 Start menu with a start menu that looks exactly like Windows 7. […] continued

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Happy Holidays From Bruceb Consulting!

Happy holidays from Bruceb Consulting!

My goodness. Pause for a deep breath.

By every measure that truly matters – personal, family, friends, relationships, community – 2016 was a glorious year for me. I sincerely hope you are the same – happy, healthy, rooted, and all your dreams coming true for you and loved ones.

Breathe deeply because by almost every other measure, 2016 was quite an unpleasant piece of work and 2017 will be worse. […] continued

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Microsoft Edge Sinks Into Irrelevance

Windows 10 - Microsoft Edge sinks into irrelevance

People spent more time browsing the web on their phones than on their PCs in October, according to StatCounter. Think about that for a second. It’s another remarkable statistic. More than half of the time spent online globally now happens on phones! What an extraordinary shift in a few years. […] continued

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Quickbooks Moves Inexorably To The Cloud

Quickbooks Online

A year ago I wrote about Intuit’s promotion of Quickbooks Online and the bleak long-term prospects for the desktop version of Quickbooks. It’s not really a choice for Intuit; it’s the only way to survive. Intuit’s bet is paying off. It’s good news for Intuit, not good news for traditionalists who hope that this cloud stuff is just a fad. […] continued

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Office 365 Business Plans Now Include Access

Office 365 - Office programs included with business plans

Microsoft Access, an Office program for database management, will be included with the other Office programs in the Office 365 Business and Business Premium plans, starting next month. This is irrelevant for many businesses that have no reason to use Access. For the rest, this is classic Microsoft: it’s good news, but it has some complicated bits. […] continued

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Personal Computers Are Just Too Hard To Use, And It Isn’t Your Fault

Computers are just too hard to use

“Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn’t your fault.”

That was the first line in the first column that influential tech journalist Walt Mossberg wrote on October 17, 1991 for the Wall Street Journal.

It’s still true. It’s twenty-five years later and it’s still true. That’s profoundly disappointing, and it has big consequences for our world. […] continued

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Microsoft Edge Is Windows 10’s Biggest Mistake

Microsoft Edge - inferior to Google Chrome in just about every way

Microsoft Edge is the web browser that Microsoft developed to replace Internet Explorer. When you upgrade to Windows 10, Edge is set as the default browser, regardless of your previous settings. It is also set as the default program to open PDFs, even if you were using Adobe Acrobat or some other program designed for PDFs. […] continued

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Intuit Quietly Sells Quicken To Private Equity Firm

Intuit sells Quicken to HIG Capital

Intuit completed the sale of Quicken to private equity firm HIG Capital last week.

Longtime readers will recall that Intuit issued a very strange press release in August begging someone, anyone, to take Quicken off their hands. Intuit said it was completely focused on Quickbooks Online and TurboTax and found Quicken too distracting. […] continued

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Is LastPass Causing Internet Explorer To Crash?

LastPass 4.0 - new logo

A lot has happened with LastPass recently – an acquisition, a new version of the program, a redesigned logo, and maybe some new problems running LastPass in Internet Explorer. Let’s take it one step at a time.

If you’re new to LastPass, it is the essential cloud service for storing passwords and other confidential information. […] continued

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The Decline Of Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer market share is shrinking fast

Market share for Internet Explorer is going down fast. Google Chrome is the Internet browser being chosen by more people every year. If you’re an Internet Explorer user, you’re not required to switch! This is an interesting trend, not an emergency. Nonetheless, I recommend having Chrome installed on every Windows computer, either as the default browser or as the fallback for websites that Internet Explorer does not handle properly. […] continued

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The Ignored, Unloved Windows Store

Windows 10 Store on taskbar

Windows 10 has two new icons on the taskbar. One is Microsoft Edge, the new unfinished web browser that Microsoft should have kept under wraps for a while longer. You’ve noticed that one because the “E” is intentionally designed to resemble the old Internet Explorer icon.

The other one, on the far right in the above picture, leads to the Windows Store. […] continued

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Another One Bites The Dust: Say Goodbye To Picasa

Moving on from Picasa

Google posted an announcement a few days ago that Picasa will be closed down soon. Picasa is two things – a cloud service for storing photos online, and a desktop application for managing photos on your computer. Both of them will be shut down in the next few months. Google is committing all of its resources to Google Photos, the online photo service that duplicates much of what is in Picasa, and more importantly works perfectly on mobile devices, the focus of everyone’s efforts these days. […] continued

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Simple Photo Editing From Adobe

princessbride_vizzini_adobepost

We are awash in photos. Our phones take better photos every year, and it’s so easy now to snap a dozen pictures where we would have taken one in the past, trying to get a picture with everyone’s eyes open. The selfies and landscapes, the pictures of food and loved ones and dogs and cats, all of them are accumulating in our Camera Roll and Pictures folders by the hundreds and thousands. […] continued

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Another Way To Disable Windows 10 Upgrade Notices

Windows 10 - use GWX Control Panel to disable upgrade notices

Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela sat down for a remarkably frank interview on the Windows Weekly podcast a few days ago. One of the topics was the insistent push that Microsoft is making to drive Windows 10 upgrades – notices when you start your computer, notices popping up from the lower right corner, notices that do not have any obvious Cancel button (“Choose the time for your upgrade: [] Now  [] Tonight”). […] continued

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An Amazing iPhone App You’re Not Using (But You Should Be)

myEcho - dictation app for iPhone & Windows

myEcho is an iPhone app that can take your dictation and insert it into any Windows program. It’s remarkably accurate, it’s easy to use, and, oh yes, it only costs $1.99.

If you’ve spent any time trying to set up dictation in Windows, you might appreciate the awesomeness of that achievement. […] continued

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