Welcome to The Digital Dentist
I’m Dr. Lorne Lavine, The Digital Dentist. If you’re thinking of adding to or upgrading the technology systems in your dental practice, then you’re in the right place. I started The Digital Dentist after discovering that dental professionals need focused, trained IT professionals to understand and work with their specific technological needs.
Just like a bag of chips or a piece of cake, when it comes to monitors, you can always have more. If you’re a coder, writer, or you do any kind of work that involves more than two windows, you’ll appreciate the hell out of a multi-monitor setup. For coders, you often have multiple browser windows open for testing, and being able to emulate different devices on a separate screen while you code is a godsend. And unlike a couple of years ago, getting there is easy and cheap. Windows 8 comes with spectacular multi-monitor features, and good displays start at just $150.
So whether you want to add a trove of monitors to your high-end desktop or just an external monitor to your laptop, I’ve got you covered. Best of all, you don’t need to install any extra piece of software to do any of this. Let’s get started.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.15, 2014 11:00 pm No Comments
Mac and Linux have “workspaces”. Known as virtual desktops in the productivity circle, they allow you to use multiple desktops at the same time. So you can have an entire desktop running a set of programs while your current desktop has no clue about it. Of course I can joke about how you can use this in your college or workplace to keep that game, video, or social media window off the eyes of pesky onlookers. But workspaces are useful in boosting your productivity as well.
Virtual desktops allow you to organize your windows according to use cases. So all your work related stuff can be on one desktop while chat apps or RSS reading can be on another. It’s less distracting than having everything open on one desktop or juggling between minimized/maximized windows. Oh and there are keyboard shortcuts to quickly switch between the desktops.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.14, 2014 10:58 pm No Comments
Stuck without a data connection on the road? Free public Wi-Fi is one of those little luxuries that can make travelling easier, but you do need to exercise caution in how you use it.
Here are some tips on what to look out for when using public Wi-Fi, whether you use a laptop, smartphone or tablet.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.13, 2014 9:36 pm No Comments
A hidden file or folder is just a normal file or folder with a “hidden” option set. Operating systems hide these files by default, so you can use this trick to hide some files if you share a computer with someone else.
This trick is far from foolproof. It’s trivial to enable the “show hidden files” option and find a hidden file. Operating systems hide many system files by default — just to get them out of your way.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.12, 2014 9:29 pm No Comments
It’s time to upgrade to an SSD if you’re still using a mechanical hard drive in your computer. An SSD is the single biggest upgrade you can give your computer, and prices have come down dramatically.
Solid-state drives are so much faster because they don’t have a spinning magnetic platter and moving head. After upgrading, you’ll be amazed at the performance improvements and wondering why you waited so long.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.11, 2014 9:27 pm No Comments
You can hide files on any operating system, but hidden files can be accessed by anyone with access to your PC or its storage. Encryption actually protects your files, preventing people from accessing them without your encryption key.
Even if intelligence agencies could bypass this encryption — and we’re pretty sure they can’t — it’s still useful. Encryption can protect sensitive financial, business, and personal data from people with access to your hardware.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.10, 2014 9:25 pm No Comments
What’s the best PDF printer for Windows? We checked 7 of the most popular options to find out.
It’s kind of shocking that printing in Windows 8 doesn’t come with a PDF option; Mac and Linux users have had this by default for years. Windows users still need dedicated software, and it’s all of varying quality.
PDF printers let you save any file you can print as a PDF, meaning that any computer on Earth can open it without much trouble. Because these programs disguise themselves as regular printers, you can use them to create a PDF file in any program that lets you print. We’ve shown you how to print to PDF on Windows 8, but such software is by no means new: you can use it on any version of Windows.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.09, 2014 9:23 pm No Comments
Chances are that you have encountered a pop-up advertisement at some time in your online life. These pop-ups can appear out of nowhere and surprise you, and if you panic you may make a stupid mistake.
Often, these ads offer fake free goods, threaten you, falsely tell you of required updates, or redirect your browsing. None of these are behaviors you want to experience, so it’s wise to protect your browser of choice against these pop-up ads. Read on to find out how.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.08, 2014 9:21 pm No Comments
Bit by bit, Windows’ reverse compatibility is fading. Here’s how to fight that – and get incredibly old 16-bit software and games like Chip’s Challenge running.
In case you didn’t know: 64-bit versions of Windows can’t run software from the 16-bit era. This isn’t going to be a problem for most people: Windows 3.1, the last 16-bit version of Windows, was released way back in 1992. But if you’ve got an ancient piece of software you want to run on a new computer, are you simply out of luck?
Not completely. Let’s go through your options for running 16-bit Windows software on a 64-bit computer.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.07, 2014 9:20 pm No Comments
Bloatware has been a problem on Windows PCs for years. Computer makers sell the hard drive space of new computers like ad space, which helps pad the manufacturer’s margins. Users don’t like it, of course, but by the time they see it they’ve already purchased the PC!
Eventually, the problem became severe enough to cause consumer backlash and as a result, bloatware has diminished over the last five years. You’ll still find it on many new computers, however, and it can be particularly annoying on budget systems, which are still likely to be a bloat-a-thon. Here’s what you can do to avoid it and uninstall it both before and after purchase.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.06, 2014 9:14 pm No Comments