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.
Celebrating my 52nd birthday today, even I get a day off from blogging! See you all tomorrow…
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Mar.09, 2014 1:57 pm No Comments
Windows has quite a few features for automatically arranging windows, placing them side by side or tiling them on your screen. These features are a bit hidden, so you may not have noticed them.
We used Windows 7 here, but all of these tricks also work on Windows 8 except the ones that require the Task Manager. Many of the tricks also work with earlier versions of Windows
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Mar.08, 2014 1:51 pm No Comments
You saved an old hard drive (or three) from previous computers and now you’d like to get at the data on it. Is there an easy way to access the data without cracking open your current computer and mounting the hard drives inside?
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Mar.07, 2014 1:47 pm No Comments
The laptop has, for many people, become the only home computer needed. Fast, yet portable, they offer the best of both worlds, and can be had for $500 (or less). Their lure is understandable.
Yet a laptop is also more complex and, compared to a desktop, far less flexible. A desktop user unhappy with a monitor, keyboard or mouse can simply replace it, but laptop buyers have no options. This means picking the right system is both more important, yet also more difficult. Here’s what to look out for if you’re ready to open your wallet.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Mar.06, 2014 1:46 pm No Comments
Miniaturization continues to shrink the size of the average PC. What once required several rooms can now fit in your pocket. And while most people think of smartphones or tablets as examples of small, modern electronics, desktops also deserve mention.
There’s a new category, the mini-PC, that’s becoming popular. Early variants, like the Apple Mac Mini and Inspiron Zino HD, have been well received, but now the formula has been improved with the introduction of fanless systems. Tiny, silent and often inexpensive, these miniature wonders save space without eating into your bank account.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Mar.05, 2014 1:45 pm No Comments
Sharing should be simple, right?
Sharing perhaps comes a close second to searching when it comes to our everyday online wanderings. What could be better than to take our hunt for free seconds to some “time shaving” online services that make sharing a quicker job than it is.
After all, when you get rid of the fluff, there is something to be said about simplicity. We don’t notice it till it proves its usefulness. We don’t notice it till it starts making a difference to our everyday tasks. Simplicity is there all around us, and that does not exclude the Web. Use it just right and simple web apps can really total up the seconds for productivity.
Here are ten web apps which follow the credo of simple sharing, preferably without any registration and sign-in. Perhaps, you don’t use them as much.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Mar.04, 2014 1:43 pm No Comments
Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP, its 12 year old OS, on April 8, 2014. After which, there will be no technical assistance provided, and the automatic updates that protect your PC will stop as well.
According to the latest stats, Windows XP still has a 28.98% market share. That’s a lot of computers running on last-last-last gen OS. The fact that so many users are reluctant to move on for XP means there must be some reason behind it. You can either hold on to XP for as long as you can or move on and embrace the new world of Windows. Of course, we’re talking about home computers only: any XP computers in your office after April 8th will render your office as non-HIPAA compliant.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Mar.03, 2014 1:40 pm No Comments
When you don’t have unlimited mobile data on your Android or iPhone, every megabyte counts. Mobile browsers like Google Chrome and Opera offer a built in data compression feature, allowing you to browse with less data.
There are only a few small trade-offs here. If you want to use less data, enabling this feature will allow you to browse all the same websites with little noticeable difference.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Mar.02, 2014 11:24 am No Comments
Using trusted USB drives that you own on your up to date, well-secured operating system is one thing, but what if your best friend stops by with their USB drive and wants you to copy some files to it? Does your friend’s USB drive pose any risks to your well-secured system, or is it just baseless fear?
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Mar.01, 2014 10:58 am No Comments
Even if you’re a Windows (or Mac) user, knowing how to use Linux is a valuable skill, and it can run a bunch of awesome things in your home—even if it isn’t your main desktop OS. Here are 10 ways you can use Linux even if you’re not ready to go full Ubuntu.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Feb.28, 2014 10:51 am No Comments