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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.

Please, take a look at the products and services we have to offer, read through my blog below, and we have more resources through our newsletter. Also feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Thanks for reading.

Take Your Dental Practice to the Next Level!

Why is it that some dental practices seem to always be on top of their game, consistently increase their client bases, easily get positive patient reviews and just run a more efficient practice? Is there something that they’re doing that is so different from other practices? Well, it turns out that the answer is yes. Dentists who have incorporated modern technology into their front desk communications have reported:

– Increased Production

– Improved Collections

– Stronger Patient Loyalty

– A More Efficient Front Desk

This is why more and more dentists are turning to Weave’s innovative technology that syncs their practice management software and phone systems into one simple tool.

Weave distills down the most essential data from your PMS, integrates it with the data from your business phone and at the moment the phone rings, funnels only the most relevant details for that patient (name, age, last visit, family members, whether they have an outstanding balance) into a single, simple, elegant desktop interface, which works like a magic prompt to help foster more productive and meaningful conversations between your front desk team and your patients.

Want to learn more? Sign up here for a free demo!

http://try.getweave.com/smartphone-v1-5/

Posted by Lorne Lavine on May.26, 2016  3:59 pm No Comments

Get Shorty

It’s hard to believe Windows 10 has been available for close to a year. Even through Windows 10 isn’t perfect, reception has been generally positive.

When Windows 8 was new, we compiled a mega-list of Windows 8 shortcuts to make getting around easier than ever. Windows 10 introduces a whole slew of new shortcuts, including apps, keyboard shortcuts, touchscreen gestures, and more — it’s time to refresh that list!

Let’s take a look at all the different types of shortcuts available in Windows 10 that you can start using now.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on May.26, 2016  11:49 am No Comments

Core of the Matter

The processor is the brain of a computer — but understanding the difference between processors requires a lot of brainpower of your own!

Intel hasn’t made it any easier for customers with their strange naming schemes, and the question we get asked most often is: What’s the difference between an i3, i5, or i7 processor? Which one should I buy?

It’s time to demystify that. In this article, we won’t be touching on Intel’s other processors like the Pentium series or the new laptop-centric Core M series. They’re good in their own right, but the Core series is the most popular and confusing, so let’s just focus on that.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on May.24, 2016  11:48 am No Comments

Toolbox

These hidden Windows tools can prolong your PC’s life and save you if disaster strikes.

We tend to take it for granted that our PCs “just work”. It’s easy to forget that (like any piece of technology) they need regular maintenance and fine tuning to prolong their life and keep them working smoothly. A number of often overlooked Windows applications can help you keep your computer up to speed.

Some of the tools mentioned will rectify a problem. Others have features that are worth using immediately because they’re good preventive measures to ensure you’re protecting your PC, in case disaster is nigh.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on May.22, 2016  11:46 am No Comments

Leaky Faucet

Reports that a massive leak of webmail accounts includes a huge number of credentials never seen before has been met with a mixture of panic… and doubt. How accurate is the news, and could your Gmail, Hotmail/Outlook or Yahoo Mail credentials be in the mix?

Posted by Lorne Lavine on May.20, 2016  11:45 am No Comments

Hide and Seek

We all love privacy. It gives us our peace of mind that there’s no one going through our stuff. Albeit, it’s the biggest issue in all fields of technology. No matter how hard you try, some or the other way it will be endangered. However, we should never stop trying. If you believe in that, then let me show you how you can hide your “personal stuff” stored in those specifically partitioned disk drives on Windows.

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Here, I’ll show how you can password protect your disk drives and keep your sensitive data safe. So, without further ado, let’s dig in.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on May.18, 2016  11:43 am No Comments

Safety First

Every day we get to hear about new vulnerabilities and online hacks. Hackers are preying around to steal your crucial data. The most recent hack was of XDA-Developers forum. Though no user details were compromised. Android smartphones are already suffering from different vulnerabilities. And, we all are fighting a never ending war to protect our privacy online. So, among all these cyber hassles what can you do to protect data? What can an average Joe do? Well, don’t panic. We have you covered.

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In the past, we had shared some extensions for secure browsing on Chrome. But, here in this guide, I’d like to go a little broader. I’d like to explain to you the basics of security in browsers (no matter what web browser you use) and also add some cool tips that will give you complete safe browsing experience. This guide is simplified for the Average Joe.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on May.16, 2016  11:43 am No Comments

Browser War

The Web browser is likely the most used piece of software on the average computing device. Yet despite its ubiquity, there is relatively little competition in the browser space. These days even experienced users would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the major offerings. Internet Explorer’s new Edge incarnation is slightly different, but Firefox, Chrome, and even Opera are indistinguishable both in appearance and features available.

There may be some small differences, but for the most part a Web browser is a Web browser is a Web browser.

This is especially true when there’s no Web browser. The rise of the embedded browser in mobile apps has very nearly eliminated the need for a dedicated one if you spend most of your time in mobile applications. But the disappearance of the browser is not a bad thing. The point after all is not the browser—it’s the Web it accesses.

As the argument goes, the more the browser gets out of your way, the better it is. Simple, reasonably cross-platform uniformity between today’s browsers helps to get more people online. So this boring, seemingly crippled Web browser of today may improve the overall Web browsing experience for the majority.

But this argument implies that the “average” person using a Web browser needs to be spoon fed as simple of an experience as possible. Google’s infamous man-on-the-street interviews demonstrated that many people have no idea what a Web browser is or even that they’re using one, but it did not demonstrate that they don’t know how to use a browser. Most people have no idea how a car works either, but they still manage to drive one.

Judging by the user interface design and disappearing features, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari have very little regard for the intelligence of their users. If you work with the Web the way these options want you to, consider yourself lucky.

On the other hand, if you find yourself installing a dozen or more extensions just to bend the browser to your will, you might want to check out the newcomer to the browser scene—Vivaldi. This powerful, customizable Web browser doesn’t try to dictate how you browse the Web… and it just hit version 1.0.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on May.12, 2016  9:48 am No Comments

Diamonds in the Rough

The Internet never ceases to amaze; it’s simultaneously the best resource for learning, the biggest tool for relieving boredom, and – ahem – the best place to see cats.

Even if you’re an online ninja, you’ll never have seen it all – as of today, there are a mammoth one billion websites online. To put that into context, you’d have to visit a new page every second for 31 years to get through it all.

With that in mind, here’s our look at the top thirty websites that you probably don’t know about…

Posted by Lorne Lavine on May.10, 2016  9:43 am No Comments

Toolbox

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating systems (OS), but it’s far from flawless. Since its launch in July 2015, several people have encountered issues – both after upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1, and after buying a new PC.

If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10, read about the common upgrade issues and how to fix them.

Thankfully, many free programs exist that will fix the most common problems on your PC. Our top five address major Windows 10 issues in the simplest ways possible.

These tools will fix your faulty or broken drivers, restore PC components that aren’t working, easily enable or disable hidden settings, resurrect features you loved from earlier Windows versions, and lock down your privacy settings.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on May.08, 2016  9:42 am No Comments

Back from the Dead

Ransomware is on the rise. Cybercriminals have upped the stakes in the battle for your data, introducing swathes of advanced malware designed to encrypt your personal data. Their ultimate goal is to extort money from you. Unless their demands are met, your encrypted files will remain out of reach.

Unavailable. Lost.

Attacks on individuals are not ground-breaking. Nor are they hogging the headlines. But 2015 saw the FBI receive just under 2,500 complaints relating directly to ransomware related attacks, amounting to some $24 million in losses for victims.

Just over two weeks ago, a new ransomware variant, Petya, emerged. However, just as soon as security researchers had begun to administer warnings concerning the ransomware’s capabilities and specific modes of attack, an irritated individual cracked the Petya encryption. This means thousands of potential victims can safely decrypt their files, saving time, money, and mountains of frustration.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on May.06, 2016  9:39 am No Comments

Cool Hand Luke

Many believe that Windows 10 is the best Windows system Microsoft has ever released. And, many think that it failed to deliver the best. It might be cool but not perfect. So, if you think the same then let’s make Windows 10 cooler by hacking through the registry editor of Windows 10.

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Here, I’d like to share with you, my 5 most favorite registry hacks for Windows 10 that makes it cooler. Registry Editor is made by Microsoft for those advanced users that want to change the looks and behavior of the Windows OS according to their needs.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on May.04, 2016  9:37 am No Comments

Lost and Found

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So you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network from way back when, but you can’t remember what the password is. Whether you’ve changed the default password or not, it’s simple to find it. You can look up any Wi-Fi network password if you’ve previously connected to that network from your computer or phone.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on May.02, 2016  3:08 pm No Comments

Data Hog

Windows 10 is designed to be an always-connected, always-up-to-date operating system. It’s the most data-hungry version of Windows yet, but you can restrain it from going all-out on your home network with a few tricks.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.30, 2016  3:07 pm No Comments

Shopping List

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Reinstalling Windows is a good way to fix serious problems with your computer, or just to get a fresh slate. But before you reinstall Windows, you should make a list of programs you currently have installed on your PC so you know what you want to reinstall on the new system.

Having a list of installed programs is also useful if you just bought a new computer and you want to install the same programs you had on your old computer. Here are a few different methods for doing so on Windows 10, 8/8.1, and 7.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.28, 2016  3:05 pm No Comments

Diamond in the Rough

In Windows 10, the beloved Accessories folder is a little harder to find than it was in the old days. It used to be front and center in the Start menu, always ready to provide you with access to the default Windows tools like Paint, Notepad, Run, and so on.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.26, 2016  11:05 pm No Comments

Hangers On

If you aren’t already, you should be checking your network and all of the devices connected to it every once in a while. It sounds like a technical task, but it’s actually way easier than you think.

It can be easy to fall into a pattern of connecting devices to your Wi-Fi without a second thought, but when your Wi-Fi begins to slow down, or if you’re worried about security, or even if you’re just doing some home computing improvements, you may want to know what devices are running on your network.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.24, 2016  11:02 pm No Comments

Avoid the ‘noid

The upgrade to Windows 10 has been smooth for most, but some users will always encounter issues. Whether it’s the screen flashing, not being able to connect to the Internet, or the battery draining too quickly, it’s time to resolve these problems.

We’ve rounded up the most common and annoying issues that users encounter in Windows 10, along with easy steps to fix them. Don’t downgrade from Windows 10 just yet, your woes could be solved.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.22, 2016  10:57 pm No Comments

RAMbo

Most system tuning utilities for Windows provide memory optimizer as an option to clean up the RAM so that your PC can have a fresh start. These utilities also come with other tuning tools that might not be necessary to you. Maybe you just want the memory optimization feature. But, that can’t be possible. So here I’d like to present a tiny utility that can fulfill this particular purpose.

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Toady, I’d like to show you a script. This script has 4 different commands that will let you free up the memory in 4 different ways using the command prompt. I’ll also show how you can create a shortcut for these commands so that you can easily run these commands with a double click.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.20, 2016  10:54 pm No Comments

On the Go

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Maybe you’re the guy who fixes computers or a generous friend wanting to help his less geeky friends. You must be using a USB Flash drive with some most important rescue software. And, one of them must be an antivirus software. It’s one of the most important software you need to have on your external drive. Well, if you don’t have one then here I’d like to show you some of the most used and free portable antivirus software that you can add to your portable software repository.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.18, 2016  2:31 pm No Comments


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