Happy Holidays From Bruceb Consulting!

Happy holidays from Bruceb Consulting!

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season! I hope your holidays are filled with family, friends, good food, time to reflect – and perhaps some cool new devices for you under the tree.

The past year in technology has been filled with turmoil:

—  A radically new look for Windows.

—  The shift by Microsoft and Adobe to subscriptions for Office, Photoshop, and Acrobat. […] continued

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Install LastPass 3.0.10 For Extra Stability In Internet Explorer

LastPass 3.0.10

The recent update to LastPass version 3 brought some new features and a refreshed look to the program, but it also brought a crop of new bugs and problems. There is an update to version 3.0.10 that might help Internet Explorer users, but you have to install it manually – as near as I can tell, it’s not being pushed out automatically yet. […] continued

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Don’t Forget The End Is Near For Windows XP (And Maybe For Windows 7 Too)

Say goodbye to Windows XP (and Windows 7)

Things change, whether you want them to or not.

END OF LIFE FOR WINDOWS XP

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. If you’re still running a Windows XP computer on April 8, assume that it will be owned by the bad guys before the end of April. […] continued

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Please Click On The Amazon Link On The Bruceb Favorites Page (For The Children)

Not Andrew & Nate

At this special time of year, perhaps your thoughts turn – as mine do – to the truly meaningful things in life, like: What can you do to help Bruce have a happy Christmas?

There’s one easy thing. If you have any last-minute shopping to do at Amazon between now and Christmas, or between Christmas and New Year’s Day, or between New Year’s Day and any day in 2017, I would be pathetically grateful if you would click on the Amazon link on the Bruceb Favorites page. […] continued

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New York Times Introduces Today’s Paper Web App For Subscribers

New York Times - Today's Paper web app

The New York Times takes its role very seriously as the national newspaper and the last bastion of serious long-form investigative journalism. This week it introduced Today’s Paper, an attractive web-based layout of the contents of the printed paper for each day, available to subscribers to the print or digital editions of the Times. […] continued

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Why Is It So Difficult To Buy Windows 8 On A Business Desktop Computer?

Downgrade ahead - it's nearly impossible to buy Windows 8 on business desktop PCs

For reasons that I can’t comprehend, it is almost impossible to buy Windows 8 on many mainstream business desktop PCs.

Windows 7 beats Windows 8 market share gainsThe tech press finds it endlessly entertaining to chart the slow sales progress of Windows 8. The most recent collection of articles from last week trumpeted statistics about continued strong sales of Windows 7. […] continued

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Nokia Lumia 520 Is The Tech Bargain Of The Year

Nokia Lumia 520 is tech bargain of the year

Once in a while a tech deal shows up that is so good it deserves special attention. I’ve got a stocking stuffer for you that represents one of the great bargains of the year – frankly one of the great deals of the last few years.

Let’s do this like an infomercial. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: How To Log In Remotely To A Windows 8 Computer

Remote desktop - Windows 8

There are a variety of ways to connect remotely to Windows computers – Remote Desktop, LogMeIn, TeamViewer, and many more. You might need to enter your name in a new way to make a remote connection to a Windows 8 computer, if your Windows 8 user account is connected to a Microsoft account. […] continued

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Switching To A Standing Desk Might Be One Of The Best Decisions I’ve Ever Made

Sitting Is Killing You - The Benefits Of A Standing Desk

I adore my standing desk.

I feel more energetic. It’s easier for me to stay focused. The health benefits are in the back of my mind all the time, helping me feel virtuous and keeping me on my feet even when the chair is calling.

Maybe you’ve noticed that anything you research turns out to be the worst thing in the world. […] continued

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What’s New In The World Of Microsoft Devices

Nokia Lumia 2520 10 inch tablet

The Microsoft ecosystem of devices and apps is thriving and deserves your consideration when you’re looking for your next tablet or phone. Here are some of the latest developments.

WINDOWS PHONES

Nokia Lumia phones are impressive! Well engineered, reasonably priced, with the best cameras on the market, bar none, and a selection of Nokia apps that add real value. […] continued

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Afterword: Amazon And Microsoft Are Preparing To Offer Hosted Desktops

Amazon Workspaces - hosted desktops

Previously:
Looking Forward: Why You Might Never Buy Another Computer
Looking Forward: Computing Without A Computer

Amazon and Microsoft are well along in their plans to offer hosted desktops as a cloud service. In 2014 you will have the option to use a virtual computer to access a copy of Windows with your documents and programs from any device, including tablets. […] continued

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Looking Forward: Computing Without A Computer

Hosted desktops - computing without computers

Previously:
Looking Forward: Why You Might Never Buy Another Computer

This is one possible future for small business computing.

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO COMPUTE WITHOUT A COMPUTER

You sit down at a monitor and keyboard. There’s no computer in sight but there’s a login prompt onscreen. Log in with your user ID and password and your Windows desktop appears. […] continued

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Looking Forward: Why You Might Never Buy Another Computer

Why you might have bought your last computer

Science fiction readers are familiar with novels that describe a near-future built on an outlandish concept, followed by an Afterword where the authors reveal that they are describing very real technology that is further developed than you realized. (Recent examples, all recommended: Daemon by Daniel Suarez, about artificial intelligence; Zero Day by Mark Russinovich, about cyberterrorism; and Nexus by Ramez Naam, about brain-to-brain communication.)

Let me describe a possible future to explain why you might never buy another desktop computer. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: How To Install The Windows 8.1 Upgrade

windows81storeupdate

If you have a Windows 8 computer, laptop, or tablet, it’s time to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Here are a few tips to make the upgrade go smoothly and to enjoy the results.

Microsoft has a thorough tutorial that walks you through each step of the upgrade. It’s recommended reading before you launch the upgrade. […] continued

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How To Improve Your Password Security (And Why The Adobe Disaster Proves That It Matters)

How to improve your password security

Passwords are the keys to your digital kingdom. Everything important on your computers and online is secured by passwords. Your passwords are your defense against identity theft, financial loss, compromised computers, and breaches of confidentiality and privilege. If you use a weak password, or if you use the same password over and over every time something calls for one, you are jeopardizing yourself and your business. […] continued

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