Ad Blocking: The Good, The Bad, And The Death Of The Internet

Ad blocking - the good, the bad and the death of the Internet

Ads on websites are out of control. An online debate has been raging all week about ad blocking – programs that run on your computer or your phone to remove ads from web pages so they load faster and you have fewer distractions. I’ll try to tell you briefly why it’s such a contentious issue, and why the consequences of a battle among Google, Apple and Facebook may change the shape of the web for all of us. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Make The Edge Browser Disappear Until It’s Finished

Windows 10 - make Edge disappear until it's finished

Edge is the new Microsoft web browser that replaces Internet Explorer in Windows 10. The name “Edge” was chosen so Microsoft could use a similar E icon down in the taskbar. (Seriously.) But Edge is actually brand new, written from the ground up to be fast and safe, as well as meeting all the current standards for web pages. […] continued

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Microsoft Is Not Playing Nicely With Your Internet Connection

Windows 10 is stealing your bandwidth

The tech press has been full of manufactured outrage and clickbait headlines about supposed invasions of privacy built into Windows 10 by a wicked Microsoft. Most of it falls apart on close examination and turns out to be mundane and uninteresting – I can’t find the energy to be upset that Microsoft collects anonymous information about the way you use Windows to improve it and fix bugs, for example. […] continued

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Apple Innovates With The SurfacePad Pro

Surface Pro 3 vs. iPad Pro

On Wednesday Apple displayed the daring originality and innovation that has carried it so far and announced the SurfacePad Pro, a 12.9” tablet with a keyboard that attaches with firm magnets and a stylus for taking notes or drawing. The vision! It just takes the breath away to see them target a niche that no one else has found. […] continued

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Why You Should Wait Until October To Buy A Laptop

Intel Skylake processor - new laptops & tablets soon

In October the market will be flooded with new laptops and hybrids, powered by a new generation of Intel processor. If it’s convenient, wait a month or two to buy new computers.

The manufacturers will almost completely turn over their lineups of computers and laptops in the next 60-90 days. […] continued

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Wire Transfer Scam: The Bad Guys Are Getting Smarter

wiretransferscam

The bad guys are getting smarter and working harder. You thought you were paranoid already? Here’s a story that will send a chill down your spine.

We’re accustomed to scams that start with email messages sent to thousands of people randomly. In the last few years, the bad guys have improved their English and gotten better at copying the style of real messages. […] continued

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Why I Can’t Install Windows 10 For You

Windows 10 - something happened

For the last few months I’ve been trying to figure out how I can upgrade your computers to Windows 10. You expect that, right? I’m your trusted IT superhero, after all.

(Actually, come to think of it, no one has used exactly those words to describe me, but I assume that’s what you’re saying when I hear you muttering under your breath as I walk away from your computers.)

All you’ve heard from me is warnings about this dangerous upgrade – now you’re expecting me to come and take care of it for you and make everything work. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Print To PDF Is Now Built Into Windows

Windows 10 - Microsoft Print To PDF is built in

Windows 10 finally includes a “Print To PDF” driver, allowing you to create PDFs from most programs without Acrobat or any other third-party program. It’s got an interesting limitation (more about that below) but it might be enough for some offices to avoid paying $14.99/month for Acrobat or picking up the adware that inevitably accompanies the less expensive or “free” alternatives. […] continued

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Outlook Tip: Save Replies In Same Folder As Original Message

Outlook - save replies in same folder as original message

Here’s a tip about an Outlook feature that only a few people will appreciate – but if you’re one of those people, you might like it a lot.

If you sort your incoming email into folders, a simple change will result in your replies being filed automatically in the same folder as the original messages, instead of having them land in a huge unsorted pool in Sent Mail. […] continued

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When Should You Upgrade To Windows 10?

Windows 10 - upgrade after Threshold 2 is released in October

Previously:

What’s new in Windows 10?

Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Today: When should you upgrade to Windows 10?


Spoiler alert!

When should you upgrade to Windows 10? October. After Service Pack 1 is released, probably on Patch Tuesday, October 13.


Windows 10 isn’t finished yet.

It is widely rumored that a major Windows 10 update will be released in October, referred to internally as “Threshold 2” and possibly named “Service Pack 1” for its public release. […] continued

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Should You Upgrade To Windows 10?

Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Previously: What’s new in Windows 10?

Today: Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Next: When should you upgrade to Windows 10?

If you read the last article, you have the basics: Windows 10 is an incremental but quite nice upgrade, combining elements from Windows 7 and 8 with modest new features and nothing to hate. […] continued

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What’s New In Windows 10?

Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

The worldwide Windows 10 rollout has been proceeding for two weeks. Before long some of you are going to be notified that your free upgrade is available for the taking. Time to get ready!

There are three questions to talk about.

•  What’s new in Windows 10?

•  Should you upgrade to Windows 10? […] continued

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Slouching Towards Armageddon: Hacking Phones, Cars, PCs, Macs, And More

Hacking phones, cars, PCs, Macs and more

The security hacks into our computers have turned out to be the tip of the iceberg; a constant stream of new vulnerabilities are teaching us that developers and manufacturers have not given security the attention that it requires, even as technology spreads to our cars, our phones, and the devices in our homes. […] continued

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Spotify Is Creating A Personalized Mixtape For You Every Week

Spotify - Discover Weekly personalized playlist

Each week, Spotify creates a personalized playlist with thirty songs on it, tailored specifically to my taste in music. I’m starting to look forward to my “Discover Weekly” playlist on Monday morning, knowing that it will have a lot of names I’ve never heard before and a lot of music that I like very much. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Four Ways To Customize The Start Menu

Windows 10 Start menu

Windows 10 has launched! Microsoft said 14 million computers were running Windows 10 after the first 24 hours, and Windows Central claims that the number had risen to 67 million computers after four days. If you’re interested, look around – there are hundreds of reviews and articles with descriptions of new features and tips for all types of users. […] continued

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