Why An SSD Is The Most Important Part Of Your Next Computer

Hard disk drive vs SSD performance

If you get a solid state hard drive (SSD) instead of a conventional spinning hard drive in your next computer – laptop or desktop PC – it will make more of a difference than any other choice you make for the computer. An SSD changes the performance of a computer more than any other single component in the history of personal computing. […] continued

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The Best Laptop You Can Buy: Lenovo Updates The Thinkpad X1 Carbon For 2016

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga

The huge electronics trade show CES is in progress in Las Vegas, with manufacturers showing off a dizzying array of new laptops and tablets for 2016, along with talking refrigerators and autonomous drones and a lot of useless gadgets that will never actually make it into production. The best announcement so far: at the show Lenovo announced this year’s update for the Thinkpad X1 Carbon, the single best business laptop on the market, plus an unexpected addition to the Thinkpad X1 lineup. […] continued

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Season’s Greetings From Bruceb Consulting!

Season's greetings from Bruceb Consulting!

Happy holidays! Welcome to the end of 2015! I knew we’d make it. Take a deep breath. There’s no reason to feel the urge to throw a computer out the window for at least a couple of weeks.

It’s been an interesting year in technology, mostly good news but with occasional infuriating bits – which is actually the way it’s been for the last couple of decades, isn’t it? […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Find A Lost Laptop

Windows 10 Find My Device

A new feature quietly appeared in the Windows 10 November update: you can have your laptop send its location every few hours to Microsoft. If your laptop is lost or stolen, you can view the last location where it was online. Android phones, iPhones, and Macs have had this ability for years so Microsoft is playing catch up, but it’s still a welcome addition. […] continued

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Dell XPS 13 And XPS 15: The Great Laptops You Can Afford

Dell XPS 15 - new Infinity Screen

Dell is selling a refreshed model of last year’s XPS 13, the laptop that won the hearts of everyone who saw it. The XPS 13 introduced Dell’s “InfinityEdge” screen, with a disappearing bezel that allows a 13” screen to be packed into an 11” case. The upgraded XPS 13 now comes with 6th-generation Intel Skylake processors and extended battery life. […] continued

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Why You Should Wait Until October To Buy A Laptop

Intel Skylake processor - new laptops & tablets soon

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. […] continued

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The Future Of Windows Mobile: Windows 10 And Continuum

Microsoft wants to put a computer in every pocket

In 1980, Bill Gates declared that Microsoft’s goal was to put a computer on every desk and in every home.

In 2015 Microsoft will announce that it can put a computer in every pocket. Later this year, Microsoft is going to introduce smartphones that turn into computers, using technology named Continuum that’s built into Windows 10. […] continued

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The 3M Precise Mouse Pad Is My Favorite $7 Accessory

3M Precise Mouse Pad

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. […] continued

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Eliminate Crapware With Signature Edition PCs

Microsoft Signature Edition PCs - no junkware

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. […] continued

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New Dell XPS 13 Signals A Good Year For Laptops

Dell XPS 13 2015 edition

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. […] continued

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Thinkpad X1 Carbon 2015–The Perfect Laptop Gets Better

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 2015

Lenovo will shortly begin selling a laptop with a rare distinction: it is perfect. It has everything that a business user wants from a laptop. It comes at a premium price, granted, but perfection has a price.

In 2013 Lenovo introduced the Thinkpad X1 Carbon, a nearly perfect laptop – impossibly light and thin, with everything that road warriors want. […] continued

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Microsoft And The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Microsoft - just wait until next year, things will be better, you'll see

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. […] continued

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Microsoft, Google And The Race To The Bottom

Microsoft, Google And The Race To The Bottom

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. […] continued

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The Confusing World Of Video–VGA, DVI, HDMI & DisplayPort

The Confusing World Of Video–VGA, DVI, HDMI & DisplayPort

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. […] continued

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The Best Thin And Light Windows Laptops You Can Buy Now

Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook

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. […] continued

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