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.
“Encrypt everything to protect your data!” It’s common advice these days, with concerns about snooping and privacy reaching a fever pitch. But average computer users don’t really need to encrypt everything.
More operating systems are including encryption by default, which is fine. But, if your operating system doesn’t, you probably don’t need to start encrypting everything with third-party software.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.22, 2014 11:19 pm No Comments
Many companies want to sell you “memory optimizers,” often as part of “PC optimization” programs. These programs are worse than useless — not only will they not speed up your computer, they’ll slow it down.
Such programs take advantage of inexperienced users, making false promises about boosting performance. In reality, your computer knows how to manage RAM on its own. It will use RAM to increase your computer’s performance — there’s no point in having RAM sit empty.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.21, 2014 11:17 pm No Comments
Installing and uninstalling programs can be easy and quick when it’s just a one-off, but what about when you need to perform this action in bulk? It can be a hassle and a time consuming process, so we’re going to teach you how to do it in a flash.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with installing programs in turn from the developer’s website or using the native Windows uninstaller to remove them. Actually, it’s sometimes better for single instances to do it like that. But it’s not efficient en masse.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.20, 2014 11:13 pm No Comments
When Microsoft released the Windows 10 Technical Preview, many users installed it without a second thought. It turned out to be unsuitable as a main OS and users scrambled to revert back to Windows 7 or 8. None of that would’ve been necessary if they had just used a virtual machine instead.
If the term “virtual machine” soars over your head, don’t worry. It’s not as hard as you think and you’ll benefit greatly from using one. Here’s why.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.19, 2014 11:11 pm No Comments
Some PC applications just work together like two peas in a pod. I’m talking about pairs like Winamp and Last.fm. There’s Skype and Pidgin, Steam and Raptr, and more. When you’re using one of these, launching the next one just feels natural. However, having too many paired program groups like this can really cause some serious clutter on the desktop.
That being said, is there really a need to have both shortcuts on your desktop when two applications work alongside each other? If you don’t think so and you’re running Windows, let me show you how to combine both applications into a single shortcut icon for your desktop.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.18, 2014 11:10 pm No Comments
Windows has so many apps. Some like Chrome, Office, etc, are used every day, all day. Then you’ll find more obscure apps like TrueCrypt or Recuva – single purpose software that you need once in a blue moon. But when you do need it, there’s no time to go download.
Portable apps for Windows are used for two reasons:
- For keeping obscure single use apps handy for when you need them.
- Always carrying apps like Recuva, TrueCrypt, and your personal favorite browsers with you in a pen drive when you need to use/fix someone else’s PC.
Portable apps, just like their desktop counterparts, are dime a dozen and it’s possible to over do yourself if you’re not careful. Read on to find out the must have portable apps for Windows.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.17, 2014 11:01 pm No Comments
With so many of my posts talking about encryption, I thought a little refresher on what encryption is and some basic ways to encrypt would be in order.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.16, 2014 1:03 pm No Comments
If you’ve been eyeing the falling prices on spacious solid-state drives but putting off an upgrade because you don’t want the hassle of reinstalling everything, we here to help. Read on as we show you how to clone your old HDD onto a new HDD and get your entire system back up and running in under an hour; no reinstallation of Windows and all your apps necessary.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.15, 2014 11:11 pm No Comments
Running Windows? You should probably run your updates about now. A serious new vulnerability has been confirmed as present in all versions of Windows from Vista onwards which has the potential to let hackers execute their own arbitrary code.
The issue (CVE number CVE-2014-6321) is rated critical by Microsoft, and affected users are being strongly encouraged to update their systems.
Vulnerable versions of Windows include Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 (both RT and non-RT). Also at risk is Microsoft’s server family of operating systems, including Windows 2003, 2008 and 2012.
Microsoft has issued a patch to fix the issue, currently available to download. There are no known workarounds or mitigation tactics to address this issue.
Curious about how this vulnerability works, and how this impacts you? Read on for more information.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.14, 2014 3:10 am No Comments
The technology industry is rife with buzzwords. The packaging of a computer or computer hardware is crowded with technical terms and badges. One of the more prominent ones is 64-bit. So, it begs the question, what exactly does 64-bit mean? What does it imply? And, most importantly, what does it mean for you?
This article serves as both a technical and practical explanation about nature of 64-bit computing.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.13, 2014 11:06 pm No Comments