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. […] continuedRead more
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. […] continuedRead more
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In the news:
Fast Company: “Hear From The IT Blogger Whose Review Apple CEO Tim Cook Blasted”
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.Read more
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. […] continuedRead more
If your Internet connection feels a little slow, it’s probably because the Bruceb News site is sucking up the world’s bandwidth to accommodate well-wishers, gawkers, and passers-by eager to see what all the commotion is about. It’s a milestone: this is article number 2400 in the never-ending series of Bruceb News posts! […] continuedRead more
There’s a new little icon in the lower right corner of the screen for Bruceb Remote Management subscribers.
Most of my clients’ computers are running the Bruceb Remote Management service, which silently monitors them to make sure things run troublefree. Desktop and laptop computers are kept up to date with the latest patches for Windows and Office plus dozens of other utilities and programs – and staying up to date has become the single most important thing you can do to be safe online. […] continuedRead more
Bruceb Cloud Backup provides secure online backups to Amazon S3’s global server network. One of its most useful features is the ability to restore previous versions of files when they are inadvertently edited or deleted and there’s a need to roll back the clock. Here are some tips about restoring individual files from the online backup. […] continuedRead more
On Patch Tuesday this month, Microsoft released an upgrade to Microsoft Security Essentials, the security program used by just about everyone. The program itself is being updated – it’s more than just new virus definitions – and it was supposed to be installed automatically with the other Patch Tuesday updates. […] continuedRead more
My flapping retina has been stitched into place and I’m comfortably sitting with my head facing down in a chair that looks like it would also be useful for shoulder massages or bizarre bondage experiments.
“Comfortably” might be an overstatement.
I’m back at work, more or less. I’ll be sitting upright at my desk answering calls and mucking around with your computers for a few hours each day. […] continuedRead more
Next week Dr. Christine Ku will suck all the fluid out of my right eye.
Normally a detached retina is an emergency event. A shadow falls across your vision, surgeons scurry about, and a procedure is done the same day to glue the retina back into place.
But not me. I’m special. […] continuedRead more
Sometimes it seems as if we’re making progress against spam. Spam filters have improved and we don’t bother to check the Junk Mail folder any more because we know it’s all junk. Oh, sure, some crud gets through to the Inbox from the bad guys but on the whole complaints about spam have dropped way down. […] continuedRead more
Your brush with danger from the weekend Java vulnerability ought to help you appreciate the importance of staying up to date on all the programs targeted by malware: Windows, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Acrobat & Reader, and the other programs that are under attack by the bad guys. […] continuedRead more
Season’s greetings! I hope you all get lovely new technology for the holidays and have a wonderful time poking and clicking and pinching and zooming!
I’ve been looking ahead to 2013, trying to guess what will fill our time in the technology world next year. Here are some of the things that are coming, in no particular order. […] continuedRead more
On September 11, 1997, I registered the domain name “bruceb.com.”
I’ve been providing computer support for thirty years, ever since I got my first Kaypro II in 1982 and began tugging on people’s sleeves to show them how cool it was. For more than a decade I was the guy down the hall in my law firm that you’d visit when your printer didn’t work or you couldn’t figure out a WordPerfect feature. […] continuedRead more