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.

Speed Demon

After researching 57 different cable modems, the $90 ARRIS / Motorola SurfBoard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 remains the cable modem we recommend for most people. If instead of renting from your ISP, you buy your own cable modem, you can get a better device and recoup the cost in as little as a year—and then start saving anywhere from $6-$10 each month, depending on your ISP’s rental fees.  Yes, you can probably find a slightly cheaper cable modem that only works with your ISP. We prefer our pick because its flexibility makes it a better long-term investment if you change service during the lifetime of the device. Unlike the competition, the SurfBoard is compatible with almost all of the fastest Internet plans from seven of the eight biggest cable Internet providers, including Charter, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable. You can move almost wherever you want and be assured that this buy-once, use-for-awhile device will still work. And you get the flexibility to switch providers if there’s a better deal in your area.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.18, 2015  8:27 am No Comments

Video 101

Explaining the difference between codecs and containers is relatively simple, but hard part is attempting to understand each format. The lines start to get blurred when you realize that most common codecs aren’t exclusive, and can make use of multiple compression technologies in order to get the job done. The blurred line becomes nearly invisible when you start to talk about formats like MPEG-4 which could be classified as a bit of a container and a bit of a codec, but that’s a rather complicated classification that’s best left for another time.

So, how do you teach yourself the difference between dozens of codec and container options? Don’t. There is only a handful of technologies that are used for online video, and the bulk of your effort will be spent understanding how these work, as well as understanding the trade-offs you’re faced with when deciding on what to use.

You could spend weeks studying technologies that are only used for a relatively small number of applications, so instead we’re going to focus our attention on what technologies you’ll use for most of your video encoding and playback needs.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.17, 2015  1:27 pm No Comments

Back from the Brink

Suffering corrupted data can happen to all of us. In an ideal world we’d all have backups of our data, but that isn’t always the case. If you’ve got an Office file that’s corrupted and refusing to open, don’t worry – there may be a way to save it.

You can try loads of different methods for recovery. Sometimes, Office can be smart enough to repair the file itself, while other times, you might need to rely on some third-party programs or your detective skills to hunt down an alternate copy of the data.

If you’re in a jam, then hopefully these tips will help you out. 

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.16, 2015  1:26 pm No Comments

It’s All in a Name

Kids these days have the most convoluted web site names. Facebook? Twitter? eBay? I’m sorry, but I like my coffee black and my web sites self-explanatory. Here’s a handful of actually useful web sites that do exactly what they sound like.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.15, 2015  8:12 am No Comments

Red Alert

Despite the ever increasing reach of cellular data networks there are still plenty of places where the only cell coverage you’re going to get is sparse at best with phone calls and plain text messages (SMS) only. Read on as we show you how to set up text message alerts so even when your email client can’t update you’ll still get critical notifications.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.14, 2015  8:11 am No Comments

To Protect and Server

Surge protectors aren’t like diamonds. They have a definite lifespan. At some point, your surge protector will stop protecting your gear from power surges and become a dumb power strip.

It’s difficult to tell exactly when a surge protector loses those protective powers and just functions as a power strip. But, if you’re still using an old surge protector you purchased ten years ago, it’s probably long past time to replace it.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.13, 2015  8:09 am No Comments

Time Shift

There’s so much stuff on the Internet, we hardly have time to read most of it. Suffice to say, it can be a distraction. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best ways you can save webpages to read later.

We have to say, the Internet is perhaps the most effective time-waster ever devised by humans, and all that wasted time can equal hundreds of hours of lost productivity. A few minutes here for this interesting article, a few minutes there for this cat video, and the next thing you know, you’ve lost a decent part of your day. Wouldn’t it be better to save something that catches your interest to read later?

Read later services have been around for a couple of years now. The gist is this, something pops up in your newsfeed or email newsletter, and you then can take that link and send it to a list, which you can then pull up later to read on any device, anywhere. It sounds simple and it is, but that doesn’t mean all read later services are equal.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.12, 2015  8:08 am No Comments

Backdraft

Windows 8 offered support for restoring Windows 7 backups, but Microsoft removed this feature in Windows 8.1. There’s still a way to restore your files from Windows 7 backups on Windows 8.1 or 10, but it’ll take a bit more work.

Windows 8.1 does offer support for restoring system image backups, but that won’t help if you’ve just used Windows Backup on Windows 7 to create backup copies of your important files.Backups can be complicated on Windows.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.11, 2015  8:06 am No Comments

Control Your Destiny

If you want to be the master of your Windows experience, the Control Panel is where it’s at. While some people speculate that it may be replaced by the Settings app in Windows 10, it’s hard to imagine the Control Panel will ever go away. It may, however, join the Run menu and the Command Prompt as a power tool more or less exclusively employed by advanced users.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.10, 2015  11:52 pm No Comments

Risky Business

It’s well known that USB flash drives are supposed to be ejected before removing them. Your computer will often display a scary warning if you fail to safely eject the drive. But do you really still need to do this? What happens if you don’t?

Let’s take a look.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Apr.09, 2015  11:51 pm No Comments


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