R.I.P. David Bowie

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In February 1976, I saw David Bowie perform at The Forum in Los Angeles. It is one of my most vivid memories from the 70s – white lighting on a stark black stage, Bowie in tuxedo pants, white shirt and vest, no props, no special effects, with Bowie completely mesmerizing the audience using nothing but his stage presence and the powerful music from the Station to Station album. […] continued

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Improved Monitoring And Patching With Bruceb Remote Management

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Most Bruceb Consulting clients are protected by Bruceb Remote Management, the affordable service that monitors your computers and keeps them up to date. I’ve been working hard to make it more reliable and more valuable. Here are some of the things that are new in 2016.

WORKSTATION PATCHING  The service automatically installs updates for Windows, Office, and a long list of programs and utilities from third parties. […] continued

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The Best Laptop You Can Buy: Lenovo Updates The Thinkpad X1 Carbon For 2016

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga

The huge electronics trade show CES is in progress in Las Vegas, with manufacturers showing off a dizzying array of new laptops and tablets for 2016, along with talking refrigerators and autonomous drones and a lot of useless gadgets that will never actually make it into production. The best announcement so far: at the show Lenovo announced this year’s update for the Thinkpad X1 Carbon, the single best business laptop on the market, plus an unexpected addition to the Thinkpad X1 lineup. […] continued

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Another Way To Disable Windows 10 Upgrade Notices

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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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Season’s Greetings From Bruceb Consulting!

Season's greetings from Bruceb Consulting!

Happy holidays! Welcome to the end of 2015! I knew we’d make it. Take a deep breath. There’s no reason to feel the urge to throw a computer out the window for at least a couple of weeks.

It’s been an interesting year in technology, mostly good news but with occasional infuriating bits – which is actually the way it’s been for the last couple of decades, isn’t it? […] continued

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The Last Windows 10 Tip Of The Year: How To Sign Out

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It’s the end of the day. You’ve finished your work and you’re packing up. You can walk away as soon as you log off of the computer, which is running that new-fangled Windows 10 that’s all the rage in tech circles.

Here’s a picture of the new Windows 10 Start menu on my computer. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Find A Lost Laptop

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A new feature quietly appeared in the Windows 10 November update: you can have your laptop send its location every few hours to Microsoft. If your laptop is lost or stolen, you can view the last location where it was online. Android phones, iPhones, and Macs have had this ability for years so Microsoft is playing catch up, but it’s still a welcome addition. […] continued

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Why Are PDFs Opening In The Edge Browser? And Other Windows 10 Default Annoyances

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Microsoft needed to execute flawlessly on a number of things for Windows 10 to be an inarguable success. High on the list were two things: making the upgrade process smooth and uneventful; and creating the first impression that Windows 10 is both familiar and slightly improved over your previous version of Windows. […] continued

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OneDrive Update: Easier Setup In Windows 10, Plus The Mystery Of OneDrive For Business

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Let’s get caught up on the latest news about OneDrive, Microsoft’s service for storing files online and syncing them to your computers and mobile devices.

If you’re new to OneDrive, it’s a free service tied to your Microsoft account that’s similar to Dropbox. It creates a magic set of folders on your computer that are synced online and available on any device linked to the Microsoft account. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: How To Clean Up The Navigation Pane In File Explorer

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When you open File Explorer in Windows 10, you see many things designed to make life simpler. There are so many, in fact, that the navigation pane on the left has become cluttered and confusing, exactly the opposite of what you need. Here are some tips about how to remove the “features” that don’t matter to you, to make File Explorer simpler and make you more productive. […] continued

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Danger! Alarm! Panic! The Bad Guys Step Up Their Attacks

Cryptowall and other viruses on the upswing

The bad guys are working overtime. In the last few weeks, two of my clients were shut down for hours or days by viruses that arrived in email attachments. There have been countless near misses with look-alike messages that appear to be from Paypal or from banks, loaded with links to malicious websites. […] 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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How You Can Make This A Special Holiday Season

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Every year at this time, all of us participate in a shared ritual, a rich tradition for families and loved ones, the heartwarming moments when we all sit at our computers and shop at Amazon.

You can make this a special holiday for me if you start your shopping by clicking on one of the Amazon links on the Bruceb Favorites page. […] continued

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The Best New Feature In Windows 10 Is . . . A Swipe

Windows 10 Task View

Many of you are finding your way around Windows 10 on your newly upgraded computers. It’s a blend of the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8, with some new features that show lots of promise: Cortana talks to you! The notification center sends messages to you! The Edge browser – well, let’s not use the Edge browser as an example. […] continued

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The Future For Quickbooks Is Cloudy

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Previously: Intuit’s Plans For Quicken And Quickbooks Aren’t What You Expect

Intuit wants you to use QuickBooks Online. It really wants you to use QuickBooks Online. It’s going to pressure you to give up the familiar desktop version of QuickBooks Pro that’s been running your business for years.

First, a brief note to keep you from being unduly alarmed. […] continued

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