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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.

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Live Long and Prosper

Many computer manufacturers are switching from standard hard disk drives(HDDs) to solid-state drives (SSDs), which are smaller, faster, and have no moving parts that can malfunction. But SSDs have their own issues, and if you want to make sure that your drive lasts as long as possible, you should take a few precautions.

But before we get into those precautions, let’s talk a little about SSDs and how they work.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.30, 2015  7:16 pm No Comments

Lemons into Lemonade

How to Turn an Old Laptop Into a Chromebook with CloudReady

If you haven’t used a Chromebook in a while, they’ve come a long way. But you don’t need to shell out cash for a new laptop just to run Chrome OS. You can install it on nearly any laptop with an application called CloudReady.

Google’s version of Chrome OS isn’t available for users to install, but its open source base, Chromium OS, is—and CloudReady, from developerNeverware, makes it dead simple to install it on your laptop. No need to fiddle with drivers or find compatible hardware—just click to install.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.28, 2015  4:30 pm No Comments

Lost and Found


Routers protect their web interfaces, where you can configure their networking, parental control, and port forwarding settings, with a username and password. These default passwords can be changed to protect the router’s settings.

If you’ve forgotten a router’s password – or if you acquired a used router and don’t know its password – there’s a way to reset the password. You may also be able to forward ports without knowing the password.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.26, 2015  4:26 pm No Comments

Up to Date

The first big update to Windows 10, reportedly arriving in early November, fixes a lot of problems with Windows 10. Microsoft is streamlining activation, restoring colored window title bars, integrating Skype, and improving the Edge browser. But they’ve also added advertisements to the Start menu.

This release was referred to as “Threshold 2” in development — Windows 10 itself was “Threshold.” It’ll report itself as version “1511”, as it was released in the eleventh month of 2015. It’ll arrive through Windows Update – not through the Store, as Windows 8.1 did.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.24, 2015  4:25 pm No Comments



A few years back, Intel noticed that less and less people were as interested in buying desktop and tower PCs as they were during the roaring 90’s. As sales continued to decline for the dinosaurs of modern computing, the company decided to mix the best of both worlds up in a blender to see what came out the other side, and their new line of NUC computers are the result of that experiment.

But what is a “NUC” exactly? Confusing acronyms and ad-speak aside, are these tiny little boxes worth enough that you should you look into buying one for yourself? Read on in our guide to find out.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.22, 2015  4:23 pm No Comments

Moving Day


To view your photos on your iPhone or iPad, you can use a cloud service to store them and then access them on your device. However, what if you want your photos available offline? Transferring your photos to your iPhone or iPad is easy using iTunes.

You can automatically create photo albums on your device by organizing your photos into subfolders within your main photos folder on your PC before syncing them to your device. The subfolders become albums.

To begin, connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC using a USB cable. Open iTunes and click the icon for your device in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.20, 2015  4:11 pm No Comments

Step by Step

smartphone security

Many online services offer two-step verification or two-factor authentication. Enable this for an account and it’ll require more than just your password to sign in. You’ll also need something else — and there are many different types of additional authentication methods you can use.

Different services offer different two-step verification methods. But, when you set up two-step verification, you’ll often be able to choose between a few different methods. Here’s how they work and how they differ.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.18, 2015  4:10 pm No Comments

Up Close and Personal

Many people claim that sitting too close to a monitor or TV will permanently damage your eyes, but is there any empirical evidence to back it up? And what is the ideal sitting distance for regular computer users?

The answer is quite simple.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.16, 2015  4:07 pm No Comments

Not Dead Yet

Windows 10 is an evolution of earlier operating systems and you can find traces of Windows past if you look close enough. As such, we’ve rounded up some of the remnants from Windows XP that still exist in Microsoft’s newest operating system 14 years on.

While big features like the Start Menu have undergone drastic changes, you can still find pictures of CRT monitors, pixel icons, and retro dialog boxes in certain places.


Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.14, 2015  4:05 pm No Comments

The Hostess with the Mostess

These days, web hosting can be dirt cheap. Mainstream services start somewhere around $5 per month, which is already affordable, but if you dig a little deeper, you can find affordable web hosts for as little as $1 per month.

Here are nine of the cheapest web hosting sites available today, all priced at under $3.50 per month. For less than the price of a Starbucks latte, you can run your very own website for the world to see. Exciting, isn’t it?

With the exception of one, all of these are shared web hosts.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.12, 2015  4:04 pm No Comments

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