Tip: Use F.lux To Adjust The Warmth Of Your Monitor

f.lux - better lighting for your computer

F.lux is a free utility that is useful if you use the same computer during the day and in the evening. F.lux will adjust the display on the monitor to match the lighting to the time of day. It’s easier on your eyes and might even help you sleep.

The program does not change the monitor brightness. […] continued

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Windows Tip: Turn Off Transparency In Windows 7

Windows 7 - Tip: Turn Off Transparency

There are thousands of ways to customize Windows 7. This week I’ll describe a few that might fit a few people and be unimportant for others.

Almost everyone runs Windows 7 with Aero enabled. Aero harnesses the video power in the current generation of motherboards and video cards to produce the thumbnail window previews that appear when you hover over taskbar icons, along with subtle animations and many more effects. […] continued

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What Happens If Windows 8 Fails?

Windows 8 - Blue Screen

Previously:
Windows 8 And Post-PC Computing
Windows 8 And The Metro UI

Windows will continue to be the dominant platform for enterprises and professionals but it runs the risk of becoming irrelevant – or at best, just another equal but decreasingly important option – for a generation growing up with no particular loyalty to it. […] continued

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Windows 8 And The Metro UI

windows8-startscreen

The Start screen on your Windows 8 computer will look something like the screen above.

If Microsoft is successful is finding a place in the market for mobile devices, this is what the Start screen will look like on your next tablet:

windows8-tablet

 

And the Start screen on your next phone will look something like this:

windows8-phone

The look will be consistent. […] continued

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Windows 8 And Post-PC Computing

Windows 8 Logo

The logo for Windows 8 that was unveiled over the weekend symbolizes a lot of things that will have a deep effect on you sooner than you think. In a couple of weeks Microsoft will unveil a “consumer preview” of Windows 8 and begin a drumbeat of publicity that will lead up to the launch of the new operating system at the end of the year. […] continued

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Bruceb Takes A Few Days Off

Conference on blah blah - oh, heck, I'm just skiing

Loyal clients know that each year I attend the annual conference on Developments In Dynamotronic Computational Datamancy so I can stay up to date on the latest developments in the field. It’s a fast-moving technology world and I can’t look away for a second. No, no, don’t thank me, it’s just something I have to do. […] continued

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Backup Strategies

Bruceb Cloud Backup - monitored online backups

There is a lot of interest in online backups but they are only one part of a bigger picture. Let’s take a quick look at the options you have for backups.

Backing up the data on company servers is serious business for another article. Let’s assume that you have some robust way to back up the company servers. […] continued

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Bruceb Cloud Backup – Price Reduced

Bruceb Cloud Backup - monitored online backups for small businesses

Bruceb Cloud Backup provides monitored online backups at prices that are comparable to the unmonitored "business" plans offered by competitors.

The Bruceb.com web site has been updated with new information about Bruceb Cloud Backup. You’ll find answers to all your questions there.

I introduced the online backup service a few months ago. […] continued

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Are There Any Questions?

andrewberls

While I recover from the flu, take a minute and read the article by Andrew Berls, “Are There Any Questions,” about what it means to take advantage of opportunities and be exceptional.

After he finishes his second year as a UCSB Computer Science student, Andrew will spend his summer as a Software Engineer intern at RingRevenue. […] continued

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How Does Google Make Money?

How does Google make money?

Google is a fantastically rich company. It reported revenue of more than ten billion dollars in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Google also offers a vast array of services. In addition to the search engine that we interact with dozens of times a day, Google runs all of these properties:

  • YouTube
  • Google Apps, a hosted business platform competing directly with Microsoft
  • the Android operating system, which runs on more smartphones than Apple’s iOS
  • Google+, competing with Facebook for social networking
  • Chrome, catching up fast to Internet Explorer as the most popular web browser
  • Mail (Gmail), phone service (Google Voice), photos (Picasa), mapping/GPS (Google Maps/Google Earth), digitizing the world’s libraries (Google Books), and oh so much more

How does Google make so much money? […] continued

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Postscript: Crashes On Mobile Devices

Crashes Per App Launch - iOS and Android

Previously: Technology Is Not Getting Easier!

Forbes published an article today that provides a nice postscript about new devices becoming more complex and cranky. Do iOS Apps Crash More Than Android Apps? A Data Dive is rich with details but the important lesson is that these simple, reliable devices in our pocket crash all the time. […] continued

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Technology Is Not Getting Easier!

Rube Goldberg - Technology Is Not Getting Easier

It’s supposed to be getting easier! After all, smartphones and tablets should be simple to use, right? iPhones and iPads are exposing hundreds of millions of people to Apple’s fabled ecosystem, and for years we’ve been told that everything is easy and intuitive in the Apple world. Meanwhile Windows 7 brings impressive advances in hardware support and security and stability to our computers. […] continued

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LogMeIn Basics

logmeinlogo2LogMeIn has become the most widely used product for remote access to a home or office computer. Remote access is requested by more offices all the time as a cheap and efficient way to use line-of-business programs at the office from a home computer or notebook or iPad. LogMeIn is free or cheap, it’s secure, and many people find it easier than any alternative, even if there’s a Small Business Server at the office that will set up a Remote Desktop session. […] continued

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