Microsoft Will Delay Your Windows 10 Upgrade For You

Windows 10 - upgrade ready notice

Microsoft is reneging on its promise to deliver Windows 10 to you on July 29 – and it’s the best thing it could have done. I still want you to wait 30-60 days after July 29 before you upgrade, but Microsoft may help by not letting you see the upgrade button until then. […] continued

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Do Not Upgrade To Windows 10!

Windows 10 - do not upgrade for 30-60 days!

Do not – do NOT – upgrade your computer to Windows 10 for at least 30-60 days after it launches.

Please tell your employees not to upgrade right away. Tell your friends and relatives. I’m dead serious. Spread the word far and wide.

Your computer will not be updated automatically, even if you “reserved” a copy of Windows 10. […] continued

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Don’t Panic! LastPass Has Been Hacked, But Only A Little

LastPass has been hacked. Don't panic!

If you use LastPass to store your passwords, you probably got an email yesterday reporting that hackers stole some data from the LastPass servers. Here’s the official announcement.

There are many things to worry about in this world. This is not one of them. The bad guys don’t have your passwords. […] continued

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The Threat That Nearly Destroyed Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office everywhere - now with Dropbox and Box integration

Microsoft is continuing an aggressive push to ensure that Word, Excel and Powerpoint continue to be the standard business file formats as we move into a new world of mobile devices and files stored online in a variety of services. Recent examples: Dropbox has added support for editing Office files online, and Box will be adding similar support soon. […] continued

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What Would Happen If Microsoft Killed A Program And No One Noticed? The Sad Story Of MSN Travel

MSN Travel - the abandoned Windows 8 app

Alas, poor MSN Travel! We knew it well.

That’s not true. If we had paid any attention to it, it would probably still be alive.

At some point in the last month, Microsoft gutted MSN Travel, one of the apps created as a showcase for the new program designs in Windows 8 and Windows Phone. […] continued

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The Windows 10 Start Menu Is A Cluttered Mess

Windows 10 Start menu

Windows 10 is being tested by millions of people as it enters its final development phase before being released later this summer. Its technical underpinnings are solid and mature. There are genuinely innovative new features. It will be given away for free to more than a billion people worldwide; more or less every computer in the world running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will be offered a free upgrade for a year after Windows 10 is released. […] continued

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Get Outlook 2013 For Better Performance With Large Mailboxes

Microsoft Outlook 2013

If you have a large Office 365 mailbox, Outlook 2010 may be slowing down even if your computer is otherwise running at full speed. A new feature in Outlook 2013 – the “sync slider” – might improve performance significantly, and as a nice bonus you would also get the benefit of the other improvements in Outlook and the other Office programs. […] continued

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Adobe Releases New Version Of Acrobat 12 – um, “Acrobat DC”

Adobe Acrobat DC - Document Cloud

Adobe has released Acrobat DC, a new version of Acrobat with a completely revamped look and lots of Features You Probably Won’t Use™.

Let’s see if we can answer some of the basic questions about what’s new, where you can get it, and how much it costs. But we’ll start with the most pressing question. […] continued

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Introducing Bruceb Remote Access

 

Bruceb Remote Access - secure, inexpensive alternative to LogMeIn

Bruceb Remote Access gives you remote access from anywhere to your home or office computer. It is a low-priced alternative to LogMein for Bruceb Consulting clients.

For $25/year per computer, you can log in at https://www.bruceb.com/remoteaccess and work on a remote computer as if you were sitting in front of it. […] continued

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Leaving LogMeIn

Leaving LogMeIn

LogMeIn is the highly regarded company that makes the best known remote access program in the world. It also provides top-rated tools for enterprises and IT professionals, including LogMeIn Rescue, the support tool that I’ve used for years to start remote sessions on client computers.

I’m leaving LogMeIn. You don’t have to follow my lead (although I might tempt you to switch to a different remote access program), but let me give you some background about why I think LogMeIn is on the wrong track. […] continued

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Use The Space Bar To Scroll Up And Down Web Pages

Use the space bar to scroll up and down web pages

Sometimes it helps to make sure you know some of the basic tricks. Here’s one that everyone should be using. It goes back to the dawn of computing, more or less.

When you’re viewing a long web page, hit the space bar to scroll down one screen.

Hit Shift + space bar to scroll up one screen. […] continued

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OneNote Clipper Is The Best Way To Save Web Pages (And OneNote Keeps Getting Better)

OneNote Clipper is the best way to save web pages

An update to OneNote Clipper has made it the easiest and best way to save content from the web, from entire web pages to just the content you want – articles, recipes, pictures, or anything else. It’s only the latest in a series of updates for OneNote; Microsoft has been improving OneNote continuously, taking an already great program and making it better, especially on mobile devices. […] continued

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Let Your Eyes Relax With f.lux

F.lux - free program to adjust the warmth of your monitor

I stand at my desktop computer at all hours of the day and night. When I reformatted the hard drive on my desktop computer, f.lux was the first program I installed after I got Windows running. I’ve used it for many years to reduce eyestrain at night and make it easier to sleep. […] continued

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Using HP Scan & Capture To Create PDFs From Your Scanner

HP Scan and Capture - free Windows 8 app for creating PDFs from your scanner

HP Scan and Capture is a free app for Windows 8.1 that can create PDFs from scanned documents – if your computer and scanner meet the requirements. It may help some of you avoid paying Adobe’s expensive subscription rate for Adobe Acrobat.

The takeaway

•  HP Scan and Capture reaches out to your HP scanner and creates either JPGs or multi-page PDFs. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: How To Delete PDFs Without Throwing Your Computer Out The Window

How to delete PDFs in Windows 8 and not go mad

Here’s a trick that may keep you from going crazy one day. I wish I’d known it before I gouged this nasty dent in the top of my desk with my forehead.

It’s such a simple thing. Open up File Explorer in Windows 8. Find a PDF that you don’t want. […] continued

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