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.

Please, take a look at the products and services we have to offer and read through my blog below. Also feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Thanks for reading.

Spam Scam

There are people making millions from meddling with your computer. Every click and e-mail can bring you within reach of them. How do you protect yourself? By learning what techniques they use and what you can do about them. Here’s your guide to ransomware and the other threats that you might encounter.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.18, 2014  3:52 pm No Comments

Microsoft killed support for Windows XP last week. If you still have a computer that runs Windows XP, you should seriously consider upgrading the operating system, or finding new uses for the computer’s hardware.

If you’re not upgrading to a newer version of Windows, here are some great ways where you can still use your old hardware.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.17, 2014  3:51 pm No Comments

Back from the Dead

Microsoft killed support for Windows XP last week. If you still have a computer that runs Windows XP, you should seriously consider upgrading the operating system, or finding new uses for the computer’s hardware.

If you’re not upgrading to a newer version of Windows, here are some great ways where you can still use your old hardware.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.17, 2014  3:47 pm No Comments

Pros and Cons

Although we’ve recently published articles discussing Chromebook’s inherent positives, it would be short-sighted to pretend that the devices are perfect and without flaws.

We at MakeUseOf find Google’s Chromebooks extremely useful – the Chromebook is great for travel, you can work offline with a Chromebook, and it’s possible to dual-boot Linux on your Chromebook. They also provide a simple level of computing to those who don’t want the complexity of traditional Apple or Microsoft machines.

However, here’s a look at three ways Chromebooks can be improved and some workarounds for the meantime…

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.16, 2014  4:10 pm No Comments

7 is More Than 8

It seems like Microsoft is hitting the nail with Windows only every other version. So it’s understandable that, if you’re upgrading from Windows XP or looking for a new computer, you want to go for Windows 7 rather than Windows 8.

Thing is, Microsoft doesn’t directly sell Windows 7 anymore. Here’s what you can do so you’re running a legal copy of Windows 7.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.15, 2014  3:33 pm No Comments

Five Finger Discount

Windows Explorer thinks the file you’re trying to delete is still open, but it’s not? This commonly happens with video files that were played back in Windows Media Player but it can happen with any other file, too. The file is either running in the background or it wasn’t closed properly. You can even run into this issue with files you haven’t opened in years! Fortunately, this can be resolved in a few different ways.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.14, 2014  8:57 am No Comments

Shiny Chrome

Chrome is a powerful browser, whether you’re using a desktop PC, smartphone, or tablet. These tips will help you browse faster and take advantage of Chrome’s features on the go.

You can grab Chrome for Android from Google Play if it didn’t come with your device. Chrome is available for iPhone and iPad in Apple’s App Store.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.13, 2014  8:50 am No Comments

Part-y Time

Hard disks, USB drives, SD cards — anything with storage space must be partitioned. An unpartitioned drive can’t be used until it contains at least one partition, but a drive can contain multiple partitions.

Partitioning isn’t something most users will need to bother with, but you may need to work with partitions when installing an operating system or setting up a new drive.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.12, 2014  9:45 pm No Comments

Decisions, Decisions

PC manufacturers are now beginning to create all-in-one Android desktop PCs. They also sell Android laptops and convertibles that transform from a laptop-with-keyboard to a tablet. But should you buy one?

The short answer is that Android is better suited to tablets, while full Windows is much more powerful on desktop PCs and laptops. These Android devices are closer to extra-large tablets than typical PCs.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.11, 2014  9:40 pm No Comments

Movin’ On Up

With the April 8, 2014 end-of-support date looming, it’s long past time to upgrade from Windows XP. If you have a Windows XP system filled with your personal data and settings, upgrading can be daunting. These tools will help you easily migrate your data from Windows XP to a modern version of Windows, Mac OS X, or even Linux.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.10, 2014  9:39 pm No Comments