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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.

SSD 4 Me

Not long ago we covered some considerations you should make when buying a new hard drive, but the world of home computing is moving towards solid state drives for storage. Should you buy one?

We explored the pros and cons of SSDs a few years ago. At the time, most users were put off SDDs because of high prices, limited storage capacities, and potential for compatibility issues. Most of those issues have cleared in recent times, so yes, you should get one!

That being said, there are a few points to consider before diving right in. Don’t go into it blindly. Stay educated so you can make the best decisions when purchasing your next SSD.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.30, 2015  2:11 pm No Comments

Short and Sweet

Get more out of your computer: learn keyboard shortcuts. It sounds like a pain, but seriously, every new shortcut you learn will quickly become something you can’t live without.

Have you ever watched a “computer person” quickly do things in a way that blew your mind? It’s a good bet they know their keyboard shortcuts, and you’re using the mouse like a sucker. If you’ve put off learning those shortcuts, it might be because you’re intimidated. Don’t be: learning shortcuts is easy, and Cool Websites and Apps today is going to point out a number of tools.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.29, 2015  2:07 pm No Comments

Tune Up

With all of the advancements in computing technology, it can be hard to keep current. The jargon thrown around by sales associates when purchasing a new device seldom helps and it seems that those who are pushing you toward a specific computer don’t understand how 64-bit computing works or benefits the user beyond the ability to access more RAM.

In this article, we will look at how the operating system and application software chosen to run on a 64-bit system, as well as a few features of the processor itself, affect the overall performance of the computer.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.28, 2015  2:04 pm No Comments

Start Me Up

Some of us can’t adjust to changes around us, even if it’s as minor as replacing morning coffee with a cup of green tea. I know, its healthy, but then we just don’t care about it, as we hate changes. Let’s take Windows as an example. With Windows 8, they dropped a bomb on users by taking away the good ol’ Start Button and replaced the simple Start Menu with a much complicated Start Screen.

start menu style

Of course there are always those few users who are excited about the changes, but most of us, that includes me as well, simply hated the change. With Windows 10, Microsoft has tried to create a bridge for users who liked the classic Start Menu and those who love the Start Screen. But still, if you really want to go back to what was familiar, here is a complete guide on how you can achieve the classic styled Start Menu on Windows 10.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.27, 2015  2:03 pm No Comments

Drop in the Bucket

Dropbox is a fantastic way to sync your personal files across multiple devices. It’s not ideal for patient data (due to HIPAA concerns), but for your personal files, it’s awesome. Get a free account here.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.26, 2015  9:22 pm No Comments

Over the Edge

Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows 10. And unlike Internet Explorer, it’s not all bad. It’s really basic, doesn’t have extensions and it’s not for pro users. But for casual users, it’s probably good enough. Plus, if you work in an office environment, you might be forced to use Edge. Edge is a new browser, with mostly a new UI. So it will take a while to figure out just where everything is.

Here's an overview of the new UI in Microsoft

Where’s the download list? How to clear history? We’ll answer that and more below.

Edge comes with a “Hub”. You get there by clicking the “list” icon in the toolbar. It’s the one highlighted in the screenshot below.

This Hub houses different sections for your Favorites, Downloads, History and the new Reading List features. Oh and you can pin the Hub as a sidebar by clicking the Pin button in the top-right.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.26, 2015  2:00 pm No Comments

Memory Block

Windows 10 has mandatory updates. Because, and I’m not being sarcastic, updates are good for your computer. Most of them are important security updates and with new exploits in the wild every week, prompt updates are more important than ever. And this time, Windows is being smart about it. It will automatically download the updates but will only install it at times you’re not using the computer – say 3 AM.

Disable windows 10 updates

While security updates are great, not all updates are made equal. Driver updates sometimes damage your work or are buggy. Plus, you might be using a limited internet connection and you just can’t afford to download a couple hundred MBs of updates every now and then. In times like these, there are ways to basically delay or block specific updates. But if you’re running the Home edition of Windows 10 you can’t disable Windows 10 updates forever (for Pro edition users, there’s a solution).

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.25, 2015  1:42 pm No Comments

Image is Everything

Windows 10 is the biggest and most aggressive Windows rollout to date. Before you take the plunge you need to image your hard drive so, should you wish to return to the familiarity of Windows 7 or Windows 8 you can do so with the click of a button.


Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.24, 2015  3:29 pm No Comments

Ba Da Bing


Windows 10, by default, sends everything you search for in the Start Menu to their servers to give you results from Bing search — so you better make sure that you don’t type anything private into your own PC’s Start Menu. Or, you could just disable the Bing integration in the Start Menu.

It’s worth noting that Android’s default search and even iOS will also send your search results to their servers to try and get more relevant results — but somehow it seems different when you’re on your personal computer in your house trying to search through your personal files.

We’re definitely glad that they included a way to easily disable the web integration — it’s just worth noting that if you want to use Cortana, you don’t have any choice in whether the Start Menu uses Bing, so you’re going to have to disable Cortana to disable the web integration.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.23, 2015  5:46 am No Comments

To Be or Not To Be

Windows 10 is finally out — kind of. Microsoft initially promised that everyone could take advantage of the free upgrade offer on July 29, but you may have to wait a while before Microsoft offers the upgrade to your PC.

We recommend holding off on Windows 10, at least for a little while. Wait and see how stable Windows 10 is on other people’s PCs before you make the leap. That’s how Microsoft itself is choosing to roll out Windows 10, too.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.22, 2015  5:42 am No Comments

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