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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Office 365 Increases Storage Space For Exchange Mailboxes, SkyDrive Pro

More storage for Office 365 Exchange and Skydrive Pro

Office 365 business users are getting more storage space for free. Exchange mailboxes are doubling in size, permitting storage of up to 50Gb per mailbox, and Skydrive Pro storage capacity is being increased from 7Gb to 25Gb for each user. The increased mailbox space was announced here, and the increased Skydrive Pro storage was announced here. […] continued

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New Laptops From Lenovo And Dell–The Fall Season Begins

Dell Latitude Series 7000 laptops

Dell and Lenovo have released details of new business laptops that take advantage of the latest advances in Intel’s Haswell chipsets to increase speed, reduce weight, and extend battery life. Expect them to be shipping in the next few weeks, along with more new models from other manufacturers.

Dell is revamping its entire Latitude lineup, with a new flagship Latitude 7000 Series plus lower-end Latitude 5000 Series and Latitude 3000 Series laptops. […] continued

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iPhone Fingerprint Reader And Mobile Security

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It’s widely expected that Apple will add a fingerprint reader to the next iPhone, scheduled to be announced on September 10. If the rumors are right, your thumb will unlock the phone when you press the button at the bottom. To be successful, it has to be nearly 100% effective but that might be possible – Lenovo’s fingerprint readers in Thinkpads have become very reliable and Apple purchased leading mobile security company Authentec last year and presumably has been working on improving Authentec fingerprint sensors. […] continued

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Changing The Calendar (And Other Outlook Tricks)

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I made a trivial change to Outlook that made me so happy I have to share it with you.

Like many of you, I use Outlook’s calendar to view one week at a time. It shows work appointments during the week, plus personal events on the weekend.

It’s always been vaguely annoying that the weekend was split up – Saturday at one end, Sunday at the other end. […] continued

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How To View Contact Cards In Outlook 2013

Outlook 2013

Many things in technology are easy once someone shows you how to do them. I have “D’oh!” moments just as often as you do. Here’s one I just figured out about Outlook Contacts.

The Contacts folder in Outlook 2013 opens by default in a streamlined vertical view with names on the left and an expanded view of a highlighted name on the right. […] continued

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Google’s Tone-Deaf Comments On Security And Privacy

Google's tone-deaf comments on security & privacy

Since the early days, Google has proclaimed that one of its core values is: “Don’t be evil.”

Faith in that slogan is being tested as Google matures into a corporate behemoth. Its reputation was not helped last week by a couple of tone-deaf responses to security and privacy issues. […] continued

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Amazing! Oxy-Iso Glasses Cure Red-Green Colorblindness

Red-green color blindness - photo comparison

These two photos look identical to me.

This isn’t about computers, but indulge me for a moment. This is extraordinary technology and might be as important for some of you as it is for me.

Eight percent of men are red-green colorblind. (Almost no women. It’s a genetic thing.) It’s hard to describe, because my world has a full spectrum of colors – “colorblind” does not mean the world is grey. […] continued

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