Best wishes for a happy and healthy and prosperous 2012!
This has been a fast-moving year in technology, continuing the movement away from dependence on individual PCs and towards multiple devices and towards the cloud. There are new challenges, new buzzwords, new tools, and a flood of new companies / names / programs / services / devices that feels overwhelming. […] continuedRead more
Many Dropbox users quickly start to store all interesting files in their Dropbox folders, especially current files that are being used on more than one computer. The faster you can get to your Dropbox folders, the easier it is to use.
Here’s a tip about using Windows 7’s libraries for quicker access to your Dropbox folders – and perhaps it will give you some other ideas about how to use libraries. […] continuedRead more
External USB hard drives are everywhere. All of you have one or two set up for backups of each computer, right? Many of you also use them for saving video and photo collections that are too big for the hard drive in your computer.
(If you’re shopping, you’ll find that hard drive prices are skyrocketing, almost double what they were a few months ago. […] continuedRead more
Lots of forces are combining to change the services that you need for your small business or law firm, and at first glance most of them appear to limit my usefulness. You can get cloud services that don’t require ongoing maintenance, your devices are getting simpler and cheaper, and outsourced support is becoming available at a price that might undercut my hourly fee. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft released a particularly large crop of patches and updates on Tuesday. Your computer probably restarted on Tuesday or Wednesday night.
If you’re a subscriber to the Bruceb Remote Management service, your computer is also installing additional Microsoft updates that were released at the same time as the critical updates sent through Microsoft’s Automatic Updates system. […] continuedRead more
When Microsoft announced that it will provide free or cheap support for Windows and Office and common computer problems, it wasn’t a surprise for any IT consultant who’s been paying attention.
This is a look behind the scenes, some thoughts about the trends that are changing the landscape for IT consultants. […] continuedRead more
A few days ago Microsoft launched Answer Desk with little fanfare – no press release, just a new web site (www.answerdesk.com) offering live technical support for Windows and Office, plus PC tuneups, virus removal, and software training – 24×7, 365 days/year.
It might be your new best friend, it might disappear without a trace. […] continuedRead more
Reddit has become one of the most popular sites on the Internet. It didn’t happen overnight – Reddit has been around for five years – but 2011 is when it came into its own and became a social force.
It is a firehose of posts submitted by its users, loosely organized into “subreddits” in bewildering complexity. […] continuedRead more
We’re all busy. Life is full of choices about what deserves attention and what should be passed off to someone else.Read more
SUMMARY: Once you have some experience with Windows 7 searches, Mark Minasi has some tips for power users here.
Old Windows XP computers are falling over left and right, meaning every day people are being exposed to Windows 7 for the first time. […] continuedRead more
(Update 09/2017: Jungle Disk is a much different company in 2017 than when I wrote this article. Think of this as a snapshot in time, but don’t let it influence you if you are evaluating them many years later – everything has changed. Jungle Disk lives on with new owners and new products.) […] continuedRead more
While we’re talking about the Kindle Fire, it’s worth noting one strange omission: the Kindle Fire does not have a built-in connection to Exchange mailboxes. The picture on the left shows all the built-in mail connectors: Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, and “other” (which covers POP3 and IMAP accounts). Where’s Exchange? […] continuedRead more
Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire is a fascinating device! We got ours last week but this isn’t a review – opinions are still forming over here at the global headquarters of Bruceb Consulting.
For now I want to point out a single issue: some people are having trouble connecting their new Kindle Fires to wireless networks. […] continuedRead more
Happy Thanksgiving from Bruceb Consulting! Remember to look up from your computer and smartphone and iPad and Kindle Fire on Thursday – your family and friends are right there hoping to spend some of that old-fashioned face time with you.
Friday is shopping time, right? Well, so the retailers want you to think. […] continuedRead more
Western Digital is shipping the first device available in the US with Microsoft’s small business storage and backup software, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.
Microsoft has a gift for names, doesn’t it? It’s a little embarrassing to gush over a product that is brand new on the market and very appealing when it has a wince-inducing name like “Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.” […] continuedRead more