Over the past two weeks we have, like we do every year, given you a snapshot of the essential apps, extensions, and downloads we think every user of every major platform should try. Miss one? Here they all are, in one tidy package.
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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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If you’ve migrated your operating system from a mechanical hard drive to a solid-state drive, the partitions may not be properly aligned. This could result in slower performance, which you can fix by re-aligning them.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.27, 2016 9:30 am No Comments
Windows 10 supports a featured called deep linking. Deep linking works with Windows Store apps and allows users to pin certain features to their Start Menu. In this article you’ll learn which apps support deep linking and how you can make the most of this feature to re-invent your Start Menu experience.No Comments
Just in case you’ve somehow ignored (or are unaware of) the threat from ransomware, it’s time to get up to speed.
Ransomware is a form of malicious software, more commonly known as malware, that encrypts your data. The key to decrypting that data is hidden from you until you fork over a ransom, which usually starts at an unreasonable price and increases the longer it takes you to pay.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.21, 2016 11:04 pm No Comments
We have all experienced this situation where we are deeply immersed in some task on our computer and suddenly a dialogue box or a notification pops up asking you to update a software. Or there’s an alert about your PC’s security. It’s quite annoying and we mostly ignore it. Ignoring a software update can be fine, but, ignoring a security alert will surely not.
Researchers have found that the reason behind you ignoring the warnings and popups is that you might be weak at multitasking.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.15, 2016 2:29 pm No Comments
People who only have a single desktop computer in their homes might choose to wire their machine directly into the ISP-provided modem. After all, why introduce unnecessary additional hardware and cables when less is more, right?
Plugging your device directly into your modem without using a router is a terrible idea. In this article, I’m going to explain the dangers of going “router-less” as well as provide some extra thoughts on why routers are great to have regardless.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.13, 2016 2:19 pm No Comments
You’re working on your laptop and you realize that it’s time to go. So, you shut down your laptop, but Windows insists on updating. Ten minutes later, you’re still waiting for Windows to update and you’re going to be late.
There is a way around this: a way to can shut down immediately even when there are updates waiting to install.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.11, 2016 2:15 pm No Comments
Over the years, Windows has gotten much better about how it handles networked printers. But if you want to share a printer over the network, you may still need to do a little legwork to get it all up and running. Here’s how it all works.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.09, 2016 2:12 pm No Comments
Windows 10’s Anniversary Update brings a new “Quick Assist” feature. Built into Windows 10, Quick Assist allows you to take remote control of another person’s computer so you can help them troubleshoot it. It works similarly to Remote Desktop, but is available on all editions of Windows 10.No Comments
Being hit by any kind of malware is nasty, but ransomware packs an extra-tough punch because it locks you out of your own data. We’ve shown ways to protect yourself from ransomware, and it’s important to stay vigilant in the fight against these terrible attacks.
Now, there’s a site that everyone should visit to learn about ransomware, and it’s called NoMoreRansom.org. Sponsored by Kaspersky and Intel Security, the site aims to be a resource for anyone to learn about ransomware, as well as to help people affected by the infection get their stuff back if possible.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.05, 2016 9:14 am No Comments
Microsoft’s BitLocker encryption always forces you to create a recovery key when you set it up. You may have printed that recovery key, written it down, saved it to a file, or stored it online with a Microsoft account. If your BitLocker drive isn’t unlocking normally, the recovery key is your only option.
There are many reasons you may get locked out of your hard drive–maybe your computer’s TPM is no longer unlocking your drive automatically, or you forget a password or PIN. This will also be necessary if you want to remove a BitLocker-encrypted drive from a computer and unlock it on another computer. If the first computer’s TPM isn’t present, you’ll need the recovery key.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.03, 2016 7:58 pm No Comments
Multiple monitors are awesome. With two screens side by side, you can more easily see all your windows at once, keeping you productive. Got an iPad? You can use it as a second display for your Mac or PC.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Sep.01, 2016 7:46 pm No Comments
If you have certain webpages that you visit every time you open your browser, you can save time by having them automatically open when you start your browser. We’ll show you how to set this up in the five most popular browsers.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.30, 2016 7:43 pm No Comments
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is here, offering up the biggest change to the operating system since its release. There’s a lot to explore, so we’ve rounded up some of the best tips and tricks for you to try out.
We’ve previously covered the larger new features in the update, so this will be an exploration of tweaks you may not have noticed. If you haven’t got the new update yet — Microsoft is pushing it out in batches –, check our guide on how to get the Anniversary Update now.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.28, 2016 12:22 pm No Comments
One of the most severe problems afflicting Windows 10 users: system corruption. Corruption manifests in a variety of ways, ranging from random blue or black screens of death (BSOD) to driver errors. If you’ve tried everything else, you might want to experiment with three tools that come pre-installed with Windows.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.26, 2016 12:14 pm No Comments
After paying little attention to all the files you’ve downloaded over the years, there comes a time when you start thinking about cleaning up the unorganized mess. But it’s not an easy task. You first need to set a priority to the files that you’ll use the most and then start creating appropriate folders for them. And most probably rename the ones that are already present and delete the unnecessary ones. It’s a time-consuming task for sure where we need to deal with multiple files and folders.
To ease this task, I’d like to show you a nice little tool that can save you a lot of time when messing around in the file explorer. It’s called ExtraBits. It gives you the power to copy multiple filenames and even rename them in just a few clicks. And, not just that. It’s got a good list of commands up its sleeves. Let’s explore.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.24, 2016 1:49 pm No Comments
Enable BitLocker encryption, and Windows will automatically unlock your drive each time you start your computer using the TPM built into most modern computers. But you can set up any USB flash drive as a “startup key” that must be present at boot before your computer can decrypt its drive and start Windows.
This effectively adds two-factor authentication to BitLocker encryption. Whenever you start your computer, you’ll need to provide the USB key before it will be decrypted. This would be particularly useful with a small USB drive you carry with you on a keychain.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.20, 2016 1:43 pm No Comments
Curve Dental has added online forms to its practice management software, providing doctors with the ability to create any form that can be accessed by any device with all data written automatically to the patient’s record.
“Our online forms are the easiest way to collect, process and manage patient information,” said Ian Zipursky, President of Curve Dental. “The level of automation we have added will significantly reduce the time a practice spends entering and updating patient information.”
Curve Dental uses drag-and-drop functionality to minimize the time required to create a form. Any information can be gathered by a form, such as an address, medical history, or a digital signature. Patients access the form via e-mail and a secure patient portal. The patient can complete the form using any digital device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
All data captured by a form is automatically written to the patient’s record in Curve Dental. Patients who fail to promptly complete a form can receive e-mail or text. While most features are available now others will be available soon. Curve Dental plans to make online forms available to all customers at no charge for a limited time only. Call 888-910-4376 for details.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.18, 2016 4:55 pm No Comments
Which of your hard drives is the fastest, and is it really as fast as the manufacturer promised? Whether you have a desktop PC or a server, Microsoft’s free Diskspd utility will stress test and benchmark your hard drives.
NOTE: A previous version of this guide explained using Microsoft’s old “SQLIO” utility. However, Microsoft now only offers the “Diskspd” utility, which replaces SQLIO, so we’ve updated this guide with brand new instructions.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.18, 2016 1:42 pm No Comments