Windows 8.1 Now Available For Computers And Tablets

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade to Windows 8 that is now available for all computers and laptops running Windows 8, and all Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets. In a few days, Windows 8.1 will be the version of Windows that ships on all new computers and tablets.

Microsoft has not changed the fundamental nature of Windows 8. […] continued

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The Affordable Care Act And The Rollout Problem

Affordable Care Act website glitches

The news is full of the technical problems that have kept many people from navigating the web site set up for the Affordable Care Act marketplace. I don’t want to discuss the politics of the Affordable Care Act, but there is one aspect of the technical problem that is familiar from long experience: it’s very difficult to introduce a new service and have sufficient capacity for it to start successfully. […] continued

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CryptoLocker Is A New Security Nightmare

CryptoLocker - a security nightmare

CryptoLocker is a new variety of malware that is genuinely awful. You should be afraid.

Starting now, you should redouble your efforts to live by the Rules For Computer Safety, especially these two:

  —  Never, never, never open email attachments unless you know with 100% certainty that the attachment is something you expected and want to receive. […] continued

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If It’s Tuesday, There Must Be Updates

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For ten years Microsoft has released security updates for Windows and Office on the second Tuesday of each month, the fabled “Patch Tuesday.” This week Microsoft patched two particularly nasty Internet Explorer bugs, so-called “zero day exploits” that are already being exploited in the wild.

I approved several thousand updates to hundreds of computers this week for Bruceb Remote Management clients. […] continued

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Tablets, Tablets Everywhere – Don’t Forget The Kindle

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Although specific sales numbers aren’t available, we know that Amazon is selling millions of its Kindle Fire tablets to people who want a tablet for the lowest price and who are happy living in the Amazon ecosystem.

Last month Amazon announced the next generation of Kindle Fire HDX 7” and 8.9” tablets (available on October 18), with better specs and lower prices than anything else on the market. […] continued

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Tablets, Tablets Everywhere – The Other Windows Tablets

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Windows tablets have a lot to offer business users whose time is spent using Microsoft Office programs on Windows computers and notebooks. If you slip into Microsoft’s ecosystem, your files will follow you onto the tablet along with your settings and your Internet favorites, and you’ll get the advantages of familiarity and compatibility along with better security and manageability than you’ll find on iPads or Android tablets. […] continued

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Tablets, Tablets Everywhere – Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Surface 2 & Surface Pro 2

The landscape for tablets has been straightforward for the last year.

—  Apple supports a rich echosystem of apps with the 10” iPad and increasingly popular 8” iPad Mini, elegant and responsive and expensive.

—  Android is available on tablets from a number of manufacturers, with a slightly more Wild West feel to the ecosystem – lots of variety, sometimes a bit flaky. […] continued

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The Empty Nest And The Fall Leaves – Bruceb Out Of Town 09/30-10/06

New England Hiking Holidays

I will be out of the office during the week of September 30.

The leaves are changing color in New Hampshire. For the first time I’ll be able to see them in full, glorious color with the Oxy-Iso glasses that cure my colorblindness.

The nest is empty. Andrew Berls played a material role in the relaunch of Causes.com during his summer internship before heading back for his senior year at UC Santa Barbara. […] continued

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A Look At The Future Of The Desktop

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Here’s the story of why the Windows Desktop will disappear.

It’s now widely understood that small, mobile devices will be the focus of everyone’s attention for the next few years. Tablet and smartphone manufacturers (Apple, Samsung) are sharply increasing their sales every year, while desktop computer manufacturers (HP, Dell) are starving. […] continued

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Internet Explorer And “Unsupported Browser” Warnings

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Lately I’ve seen an increase in the number of web sites warning that I’m running an unsupported version of Internet Explorer, or recommending that I upgrade to the latest version. In some cases, the web sites refuse to load at all. Autotask, for example, will not go past this screen because it “does not support the browser you are using.”

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I’ve had clients see that warning in the last few weeks at bank web sites (it appeared recently for one client logging into Exchange Bank), at Martindale for lawyers, at some Google services – Google Calendar, for example – and many others. […] continued

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Clean Up After Your Printers

Clean up after old printers

Here’s a housekeeping tip that will help keep your computers happy.

When you take a printer out of service, remove the printer from the Printers folder, then uninstall the programs that were installed to support the printer. HP, Epson and Canon are all likely to have dropped anywhere from three to a dozen programs on your computer – status monitors, scanning utilities, bad photo editors, useless web services, advertising for ink cartridges, and more. […] continued

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Speedy Installation Of Windows 8.1

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Windows 8 is fast. It installs fast, it boots fast, it transfers files fast, it wakes up from sleep nearly instantly. It’s significantly faster than Windows 7 at all those chores, and Windows 7 was itself light years ahead of Windows XP.

Here’s an example of what that means.

Last week Microsoft released Windows 8.1 to developers and to Microsoft partners. […] continued

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Some Thoughts On The Future Of Microsoft

The Future Of Microsoft

Part 1: Some Thoughts On The Future Of Windows
Part 2: Some Thoughts On The Future Of Microsoft

This is the second of two articles about what lies ahead for Microsoft and Windows. In the last month, there have been two huge corporate shakeups that will change Microsoft’s competitive posture in ways that are completely unpredictable. […] continued

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Some Thoughts On The Future Of Windows

Windows 8.1

Part 1: Some Thoughts On The Future Of Windows
Part 2: Some Thoughts On The Future Of Microsoft

This is the first of two articles about what lies ahead for Microsoft and Windows. No one can predict the future in this dizzying hyper-competitive environment – there are too many variables to know whether Microsoft will be dominant or irrelevant in a few years. […] continued

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