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.
We probably all use our computers every day, but do you really know everything about them? There might be many simple and helpful tricks that you’re not aware of.
There’s much more to Windows than first meets the eye – you can be a power user for years and still not realise the full potential of the operating system.
Let’s run through some Windows features that aren’t highly advertised and which can help you be more productive.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Dec.18, 2014 8:58 am No Comments
Great news if you have been on the fence about equipment purchases: Congress raised the Schedule 179 deduction from $25,000 to $500,000. The bad news? It is only good through December 31, 2014. If you have been holding off on your purchases from The Digital Dentist, speak with your accountant, and then call us right away if you want to take advantage of the deduction. Since Schedule 179 requires the equipment to be “in service”, the orders will need to be placed ASAP.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Dec.17, 2014 9:09 am No Comments
When it comes to cloud storage solutions, the biggest and the most popular of them all isDropbox. And it has become so popular, and so ingrained with web culture, that the word “dropbox” is slowly turning into a verb (“I’ll Dropbox that file to you”).
Some of that popularity may be due to their API, which enables third-party developers to make all kinds of add-on tools, as well as integrating Dropbox into their apps. When you are using an app which has Dropbox integrated by default, it makes it difficult to start using any other kind of cloud storage.
Here are 5 add-on tools developed by third-party developers which you may want to start using, if Dropbox is an essential part of your web workflow.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Dec.17, 2014 8:56 am No Comments
Virtual machines and virtual servers — what are they and how do they differ?
Are they related to virtual private networks? And what’s the difference between virtual hosting, shared hosting, and dedicated hosting?
These are important questions, especially if you’re going to host a website or a remote server. Fortunately, the answers are pretty simple and the usefulness of virtual servers may end up surprising you.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Dec.16, 2014 8:54 am No Comments
Ever wondered why you can recover files that are deleted? It’s a scary thought, isn’t it. Well, either scary or useful depending on your situation.
But the fact that deleted files, even ones you’ve emptied from the Recycle Bin, can be recovered, means that there’s some sort of caveat to this whole file deletion process. What is it? Read on to find out.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Dec.15, 2014 8:52 am No Comments
The first rule of Wi-Fi networking is you don’t leave your network unprotected. The second rule of Wi-Fi networking is you don’t connect to unprotected Wi-Fi (not without a VPN at least). And yes, feel free to talk about this one.
WEP, WPA, and WPA2 are three different kinds of security protocols. When you set up your router and add a password, one of these formats was selected. Does it matter which one you choose? If you care about security more than the average Joe, yes it does.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Dec.14, 2014 8:50 am No Comments
Once again there are urgent security patches released for Windows, and this time the problems they fix are “potentially catastrophic” issues with the encryption stack. This is why you should have Windows install updates automatically.
It’s possible you leap into action every time you see the security notification, but many people don’t. And, if you do, what’s the point of installing critical security updates manually? Just have them install themselves.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Dec.13, 2014 10:01 am No Comments
Still think it’s ok to run Windows XP in your office? Willing to bet $150,000 on that?. This breach and fine was for ” running outdated, unsupported software”. Translation: Windows XP.
Time to get with the program and update your computers. Call us, when can help.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Dec.12, 2014 9:38 pm No Comments
You may want to switch to another cloud storage service — perhaps moving to Microsoft’s OneDrive to get that now-infinite cloud storage. Yes, you could just download and re-upload all your files, but you can also do this a faster way.
Your home Internet connection’s upload speed is usually the bottleneck here. Use a service that will move your files between services for you and you won’t have to worry about your upload speed or even leaving your computer on.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Dec.11, 2014 9:57 am No Comments
Some people spend hours — maybe even days — trying to clean an infected Windows system and ensuring it’s actually clean and safe afterward. It’s usually not a good idea to do this — just reinstall Windows and start over.
This may seem like a daunting task, especially if you don’t have good backups of your important files. But it’s worth it to quickly obliterate an infection and ensure your system is safe.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Dec.10, 2014 9:55 am No Comments