Personal Computers Are Just Too Hard To Use, And It Isn’t Your Fault

Computers are just too hard to use

“Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn’t your fault.”

That was the first line in the first column that influential tech journalist Walt Mossberg wrote on October 17, 1991 for the Wall Street Journal.

It’s still true. It’s twenty-five years later and it’s still true. That’s profoundly disappointing, and it has big consequences for our world. […] continued

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Microsoft Edge Is Windows 10’s Biggest Mistake

Microsoft Edge - inferior to Google Chrome in just about every way

Microsoft Edge is the web browser that Microsoft developed to replace Internet Explorer. When you upgrade to Windows 10, Edge is set as the default browser, regardless of your previous settings. It is also set as the default program to open PDFs, even if you were using Adobe Acrobat or some other program designed for PDFs. […] continued

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Intuit Quietly Sells Quicken To Private Equity Firm

Intuit sells Quicken to HIG Capital

Intuit completed the sale of Quicken to private equity firm HIG Capital last week.

Longtime readers will recall that Intuit issued a very strange press release in August begging someone, anyone, to take Quicken off their hands. Intuit said it was completely focused on Quickbooks Online and TurboTax and found Quicken too distracting. […] continued

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Is LastPass Causing Internet Explorer To Crash?

LastPass 4.0 - new logo

A lot has happened with LastPass recently – an acquisition, a new version of the program, a redesigned logo, and maybe some new problems running LastPass in Internet Explorer. Let’s take it one step at a time.

If you’re new to LastPass, it is the essential cloud service for storing passwords and other confidential information. […] continued

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The Decline Of Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer market share is shrinking fast

Market share for Internet Explorer is going down fast. Google Chrome is the Internet browser being chosen by more people every year. If you’re an Internet Explorer user, you’re not required to switch! This is an interesting trend, not an emergency. Nonetheless, I recommend having Chrome installed on every Windows computer, either as the default browser or as the fallback for websites that Internet Explorer does not handle properly. […] continued

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The Ignored, Unloved Windows Store

Windows 10 Store on taskbar

Windows 10 has two new icons on the taskbar. One is Microsoft Edge, the new unfinished web browser that Microsoft should have kept under wraps for a while longer. You’ve noticed that one because the “E” is intentionally designed to resemble the old Internet Explorer icon.

The other one, on the far right in the above picture, leads to the Windows Store. […] continued

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Another One Bites The Dust: Say Goodbye To Picasa

Moving on from Picasa

Google posted an announcement a few days ago that Picasa will be closed down soon. Picasa is two things – a cloud service for storing photos online, and a desktop application for managing photos on your computer. Both of them will be shut down in the next few months. Google is committing all of its resources to Google Photos, the online photo service that duplicates much of what is in Picasa, and more importantly works perfectly on mobile devices, the focus of everyone’s efforts these days. […] continued

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Simple Photo Editing From Adobe

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We are awash in photos. Our phones take better photos every year, and it’s so easy now to snap a dozen pictures where we would have taken one in the past, trying to get a picture with everyone’s eyes open. The selfies and landscapes, the pictures of food and loved ones and dogs and cats, all of them are accumulating in our Camera Roll and Pictures folders by the hundreds and thousands. […] continued

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Another Way To Disable Windows 10 Upgrade Notices

Windows 10 - use GWX Control Panel to disable upgrade notices

Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela sat down for a remarkably frank interview on the Windows Weekly podcast a few days ago. One of the topics was the insistent push that Microsoft is making to drive Windows 10 upgrades – notices when you start your computer, notices popping up from the lower right corner, notices that do not have any obvious Cancel button (“Choose the time for your upgrade: [] Now  [] Tonight”). […] continued

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An Amazing iPhone App You’re Not Using (But You Should Be)

myEcho - dictation app for iPhone & Windows

myEcho is an iPhone app that can take your dictation and insert it into any Windows program. It’s remarkably accurate, it’s easy to use, and, oh yes, it only costs $1.99.

If you’ve spent any time trying to set up dictation in Windows, you might appreciate the awesomeness of that achievement. […] continued

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The Future For Quickbooks Is Cloudy

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Previously: Intuit’s Plans For Quicken And Quickbooks Aren’t What You Expect

Intuit wants you to use QuickBooks Online. It really wants you to use QuickBooks Online. It’s going to pressure you to give up the familiar desktop version of QuickBooks Pro that’s been running your business for years.

First, a brief note to keep you from being unduly alarmed. […] continued

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Intuit’s Plans For Quicken And Quickbooks Aren’t What You Expect

The future of Quicken and Quickbooks

Quicken and Quickbooks are among our oldest friends on desktop computers. Millions of people use Quicken for their home finances. Most small businesses use Quickbooks as their accounting system.

Changes are coming.

Intuit is trying to sell Quicken. There’s no buyer lined up. Intuit just desperately wants to get rid of Quicken, as it made clear in one of the strangest press releases I’ve seen recently. […] continued

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Easy To Do Lists With Wunderlist

Easy to do lists with Wunderlist

Wunderlist makes it easy to manage to do lists. You can use it on iPhones, Android phones, tablets, Windows and Mac computers, and on the web. Your lists will be kept in sync no matter where you look at them. The design is simple and elegant. Oh, and it’s free.

Sounds good, eh? […] continued

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Office 2016 Is Now Available! Well, For Some Of You, Anyway

office2016_everywhere

The new version of Office 2016 for Windows is now generally available.

The takeaway:

•  Most of you will get it automatically.

•  Most of you won’t care very much.

Microsoft has completely lost control of branding and licensing. There is no way to explain any of this without getting hopelessly tied up in knots. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Make The Edge Browser Disappear Until It’s Finished

Windows 10 - make Edge disappear until it's finished

Edge is the new Microsoft web browser that replaces Internet Explorer in Windows 10. The name “Edge” was chosen so Microsoft could use a similar E icon down in the taskbar. (Seriously.) But Edge is actually brand new, written from the ground up to be fast and safe, as well as meeting all the current standards for web pages. […] continued

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