Bruceb News Hits A Milestone, Despite Popular Demand

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If your Internet connection feels a little slow, it’s probably because the Bruceb News site is sucking up the world’s bandwidth to accommodate well-wishers, gawkers, and passers-by eager to see what all the commotion is about. It’s a milestone: this is article number 2400 in the never-ending series of Bruceb News posts! […] continued

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Office 365 Availability Exceeds 99.9%

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Microsoft assembled some numbers to show that Office 365 has had almost no downtime for the last year. For four quarters in a row, the Office 365 services (hosted Exchange email, Sharepoint, Lync, and Office Web Apps) were up and running more than 99.9% of the time – between 99.94% and 99.98%, to be exact. […] continued

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Skydrive Keeps Getting Better! (Except For The Pesky Name Problem)

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The Service Soon Not To Be Known As Skydrive got some nice updates recently – along with a court decision that gives Microsoft yet another nasty branding problem.

The good news is that Skydrive continues to add new features at a rapid pace. (If you’re new to Skydrive, you’ll find lots of articles here to help you get caught up.)

PHOTOS  If you have photos stored in Skydrive, the Skydrive web site now offers new options for viewing them. […] continued

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Office 365 And Outlook “Trying To Connect”

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Microsoft has been upgrading Office 365 subscribers to new servers during 2013, with improved webmail and a completely overhauled dashboard for users and the latest versions of Exchange Server and other server platforms on the back end. The upgrades haven’t all gone completely smoothly but it seemed like good news all around once the migration was complete. […] continued

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New Tool For Bruceb Remote Management Subscribers

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There’s a new little icon in the lower right corner of the screen for Bruceb Remote Management subscribers.

Most of my clients’ computers are running the Bruceb Remote Management service, which silently monitors them to make sure things run troublefree. Desktop and laptop computers are kept up to date with the latest patches for Windows and Office plus dozens of other utilities and programs – and staying up to date has become the single most important thing you can do to be safe online. […] continued

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Microsoft Releases Office Mobile For Android Phones

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Microsoft released Office Mobile for Android phones this week, with versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint optimized for small screens. Here’s where you can download it from the Google Play store.

The apps are very similar to the Office Mobile app released for iPhones less than two months ago. […] continued

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How To Stay On The Desktop On A Windows 8 Computer

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Windows 8 features a Start screen in place of the familiar Start menu, and many of its apps are designed with a new full-screen presentation best suited for laptops and tablets. If you get a Windows 8 desktop computer and large monitor for business use, you’re probably going to want to spend most of your time on the familiar desktop, with the taskbar on the bottom and your programs running in multiple windows. […] continued

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How To Restore Files With Bruceb Cloud Backup

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Bruceb Cloud Backup provides secure online backups to Amazon S3’s global server network. One of its most useful features is the ability to restore previous versions of files when they are inadvertently edited or deleted and there’s a need to roll back the clock. Here are some tips about restoring individual files from the online backup. […] continued

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Haswell And The Next Generation Of Intel Processors

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In the twenty-year history of personal computing, there has always been a reason to wait a few months to buy the Next Big Thing. So let me tell you about the Next Big Thing, but with a disclaimer – if you need a new computer or tablet, go buy a computer or tablet. […] continued

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It’s Safe To Install The Microsoft Security Essentials Upgrade

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On Patch Tuesday this month, Microsoft released an upgrade to Microsoft Security Essentials, the security program used by just about everyone. The program itself is being updated – it’s more than just new virus definitions – and it was supposed to be installed automatically with the other Patch Tuesday updates. […] continued

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Microsoft Delivers Outlook for iPhone/iPad (Kind Of)

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Microsoft unexpectedly released native Outlook apps for iPhones and iPads today!

Well, kind of.

Office 365 subscribers with a hosted Exchange mailbox can download OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad, which display your mail, contacts, and calendar in a view that closely resembles Office 365 webmail. There are live tiles, push notifications of email and appointments, integration with the iPhone address book, integration with Bing Maps and LinkedIn, and more. […] continued

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Meanwhile, In The Google Ecosystem

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Let’s peer over the wall into the Google garden.

The changes in one ecosystem are more or less irrelevant if you’re committed to one of the others. Pieces of the Google, Apple, and Microsoft ecosystems can be used across platforms, but you’ll get the biggest rewards if you declare your allegiance to one of them and ignore the others. […] continued

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Summer Vacation Progress Notes

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My flapping retina has been stitched into place and I’m comfortably sitting with my head facing down in a chair that looks like it would also be useful for shoulder massages or bizarre bondage experiments.

“Comfortably” might be an overstatement.

I’m back at work, more or less. I’ll be sitting upright at my desk answering calls and mucking around with your computers for a few hours each day. […] continued

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OneNote Is Everywhere!

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Microsoft OneNote is the hidden treasure in the Office suite, the program that might be a serious boost to your productivity but is too often overlooked.

Take another look. Your notes in OneNote are available everywhere, and the experience is even more seamless with recent updates to the iOS and Android apps – and OneNote can be used for free in so many places that it has become one of the truly universal apps. […] continued

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How I’m Spending My Summer Vacation

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Next week Dr. Christine Ku will suck all the fluid out of my right eye.

Normally a detached retina is an emergency event. A shadow falls across your vision, surgeons scurry about, and a procedure is done the same day to glue the retina back into place.

But not me. I’m special. […] continued

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