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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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.)Read more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
Today: When should you upgrade to Windows 10?
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. […] continuedRead more
Previously: What’s new in Windows 10?
Today: 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. […] continuedRead more
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?Read 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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more