How To Buy Adobe Acrobat XI

How to buy Adobe Acrobat XI

Adobe Acrobat is almost as prevalent in businesses as Microsoft Office. Almost all office workers now outgrow the free Adobe Reader and need access to the full Acrobat program to create PDFs, scan documents, fill forms, convert PDFs to Word format, and more.

Acrobat has always been expensive but it is slightly more bearable now that Adobe has changed its licensing model to monthly subscriptions. […] continued

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An Overview Of Bruceb Backup Pro

Bruceb Backup Pro - secure backups for small business

Bruceb Backup Pro is intended to meet the challenge of business continuity with backups that are secure, redundant, and focused on disaster recovery.

I’ll be offering Bruceb Backup Pro to clients later this month. Each element has been chosen to complement the rest and put you in the best possible position to recover from any kind of technology crisis, from a missing file to a failed server. […] continued

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Meeting The Challenge Of Business Continuity

Bruceb Business Continuity - backup and recovery package

The challenge is clear: how can small and medium businesses maximize continuity and minimize disruption when a server fails?

Business continuity encompasses planning and implementing a process to ensure that your business will be able to recover within a reasonably short time after a serious disaster. The disaster might be a failed server, a fire or theft, or malware that requires taking a server out of service. […] continued

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Monitor Your Google Rank With

Monitor your Google rank with is a simple and elegant tool for anyone who wants to know how their website ranks in Google searches. If your small business or law firm has a website and you want to know whether people can find you online, sign up for a free trial.

There are two things that set apart from other services. […] 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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The Curse Of Downtime: A Story From Real Life

The curse of downtime: a story of a dead server

Servers fail without warning sometimes.

This is what happened in a law office last month when the server failed. Each failure has its own story and the details of your story will be different if you’re ever in this position, but there’s a broad point to be made: unexpected downtime has become hard to tolerate. […] continued

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The Curse Of Downtime: What Happens When Your Server Fails?

What happens when your server fails?

You don’t have a spare server in the closet.

That’s really the important part. You’d have more options if you had two identical servers and kept one in the closet for emergencies. But you didn’t buy two identical servers. No one does. You’ve got one server that does everything for your business. […] continued

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The Curse Of Downtime: Backups Aren’t Always Sufficient Protection

Downtime - definition

We have reached a tipping point. If you’re working in a small business or law firm, you already know this at some level, but it deserves to be brought out into the open.

This is the heart of it:

In the event of a technology crisis, backups of your data are not always sufficient to contain the damage to your business. […] continued

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The Curse Of Downtime: Preface

Downtime - maybe it will be better when the network goes down!

Perhaps you think it will be like this when the office server fails.

“Two weeks ago the network went down; soon after Senior Management assured the company it would have the problem fixed within a few days; now everyone is realizing it is never going to happen. Work-arounds are springing up everywhere you look, like new grass after rain.

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Windows 8 Tip: Install Windows 8.1 Now!

Install Windows 8.1 now!

If you’re running Windows 8, make sure you’ve upgraded to Windows 8.1. Everyone should be running Windows 8.1 and getting the benefits of the changes and updates that make Windows 8 far better than it was when it was introduced, especially for keyboard and mouse users.

Unfortunately the Windows 8.1 update takes a long time to install. […] continued

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The Shrinking World Of Hard Drives

The shrinking world of hard drives - conventional HD, SSD, mSATA SSD, USB memory stick

Here’s a visual image to help you keep track of the ever-shrinking world of data storage.

(1)  Number 1 is a conventional hard drive, referred to as a 3 1/2” drive because that’s the diameter of the spinning disk inside. The case actually measures four inches across, just under six inches tall, an inch deep. […] continued

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Speed Up Your Slow Laptop With An SSD


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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Spotify Is The Best Way To Listen To Music


Technology is causing another shift in the way we listen to music. There’s no right or wrong answer but Spotify has some advantages over many of the other choices.


A quick recap of how we’ve listened to music over the years.

•  Baby boomers started with vinyl LPs. Cassettes were the mobile alternative in the 70s. […] continued

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Windows 8.1 Tip: Display Photos On Your Lock Screen

Windows 8.1 - display photos on your lock screen

Windows 8.1 can display a slide show of your photos on the lock screen. It’s a surprisingly fun distraction if you have an ever-expanding collection of photos.

The lock screen is the full-screen picture that comes up before you log in to Windows 8. Most of you see it briefly when the computer restarts or when you come back to the computer after the monitor has turned off. […] continued

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Microsoft (Still) Does Not Call To Fix Your PC

Microsoft does not call to fix your PC

The phone rang when I was in a client’s office last week. A heavily accented Indian man said, “I am calling from Microsoft. We have received reports that your computer is sending out virus messages. I would like to help you with that.”

It was a cybercriminal! Acting quickly, I traced the call, then assembled a team of IT commandos to rain vengeance on the scammers. […] continued

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