In October the market will be flooded with new laptops and hybrids, powered by a new generation of Intel processor. If it’s convenient, wait a month or two to buy new computers.
The manufacturers will almost completely turn over their lineups of computers and laptops in the next 60-90 days. […] continuedRead more
It’s the little things that count. My mouse pad makes me happy. It’s my favorite $7 accessory.
I’ve used a 3M Precise Mouse Pad for years. 3M calls it a “mousing surface.” It’s got a microtexture on the surface that you can barely feel with your fingers, something like a subtle version of the ridges on those pictures that you can tilt back and forth to get a 3D effect. […] continuedRead more
Spoiler alert! How do you speed up a slow computer? For most of you, the answer is: Buy a new computer.
Realistically, there isn’t a better choice for most people. It’s a numbers game. If you have to pay someone for help with technical jobs, then the economics tip over quickly to a new computer. […] continuedRead more
The new Microsoft Surface 3 combines the good qualities of the Surface Pro 3 with a dramatically lower price tag. It’s a real Windows PC, with none of the compromises of the earlier Surface 2, so you can run all of the programs you can run on any other Windows laptop or desktop computer – but pull the keyboard off or fold it back and the Surface 3 is also quite a nice tablet. […] continuedRead more
The next generation of USB is making its debut this month, and it’s a big step forward. USB-C is so much more versatile than existing ports that it can and eventually will replace most of them. It doesn’t just handle USB devices like memory sticks and external hard drives; USB-C can also handle high-resolution video, Ethernet data, and it carries power in and out, allowing it to be used to charge a computer or for the computer to charge a device plugged into it. […] continuedRead more
When you’re shopping for a new computer, especially a laptop, take a look at the Microsoft store for Signature Edition PCs. The selection is interesting, the prices are comparable to what you might pay elsewhere, and the opportunity to get a clean PC is worth considering.
A new computer is more likable when there is no crapware installed on it – the junk programs chosen by the manufacturers to make a few extra dollars by preinstalling unnecessary utilities, useless apps, terrible games, and advertising-laden trials of unwanted programs. […] continuedRead more
These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2015.
We are required to be paranoid and vigilant. We run our businesses and manage our personal lives online, and the bad guys are endlessly inventive in their effort to find ways through our defenses.
The consequences are greater if you make a mistake. […] continuedRead more
Dell is selling a new 2015 version of the XPS 13 laptop that represents Dell’s return to form after years of ho-hum products. It’s one of a number of exciting laptop announcements this month that make me optimistic for the entire computer industry.
There are two sides of the big picture. […] continuedRead more
In some ways Microsoft did not have a great year in 2014. Windows 8 deserves better but it can only be called an interesting failure and Microsoft is anxious to put it in the rear view mirror. Windows Phone does not show any sign of gaining momentum.
There is better stuff coming from Microsoft. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft and Google are stepping up their efforts to gain market share by encouraging manufacturers to sell large quantities of ultra-cheap phones, tablets and computers. And in an interesting new development, some of those cheap devices won’t suck.
Let’s talk for a minute about the strategy behind the upcoming flood of low-end devices, then look at some examples. […] continuedRead more
There are too many possible connections for monitors. It’s increasingly likely that you won’t be able to set up the monitor configuration you want without frustrating trips to Amazon searching for the right adapter.
There are no answers here except to be prepared for stumbling blocks when you set up a new computer and monitor, especially if you have a laptop and you want to use dual displays. […] continuedRead more
Here are some shopping tips about the best Windows laptops on the market today.
It’s a good time to buy. There’s nothing revolutionary on the horizon. Later this year or early next year, Intel’s next generation of processors will extend battery life even further, but not enough to justify a delay. […] continuedRead more
Here’s a tip for people who buy and set up business computers.
Dell sells almost all of its business desktop computers with Windows 7 pre-installed. That continues to strike me as wrong in many ways, especially now that Windows 8.1 has been significantly retooled for keyboard and mouse users, but perhaps it suits conservative enterprise buyers. […] continuedRead more
Windows 7 and 8 are hard to attack if the user does not have local administrator privileges. Small businesses can reduce the amount of adware and malware and cruddy software on office computers by removing administrator rights from employees.
This requires some background, and it’s not a magic bullet – there are some tradeoffs when you implement this. […] continuedRead more
InstantGo is new laptop technology that is making its first conspicuous appearance in the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 laptop/tablet. Expect to see it mentioned in marketing materials for more new laptops in the next year. It’s a subtle but wonderful feature that new processors and hardware can use to improve your experience. […] continuedRead more