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.

Wrong Way

You’re guaranteed to stumble into an occasional error page while browsing the web. This guide will help you understand exactly what each error page means and what to do when you see them.

Note that each browser displays and words its error pages differently. A certificate error or malware warning looks different in each different browser, but the different types of error pages mean the same thing.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Jan.30, 2015  10:52 pm No Comments

Speed Up

Have you noticed your usually speedy Google Chrome browser slowing down, or even crashing on you? Unnecessary plugins, extensions, and even browsing data can slow your browser down to a crawl, or make it crash. Here’s how to fix it.

In this article, we’ll show you how to disable plugins and extensions and clear browsing data to speed up Chrome and prevent it from crashing on you.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Jan.29, 2015  10:49 pm No Comments

Register to Vote

Did you hear that fixing your registry would speed up your computer? Or did you read somewhere that ‘fixing’ your registry will remedy any Windows malaise on your machine, that a quick registry clean-up will solve your computing problems for good? Many of these articles are not only wrong, but some can be downright harmful for your machine in the long run.

Here we’ll explore how to identify, isolate and fix registry problems – and when to just not bother at all.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Jan.28, 2015  10:47 pm No Comments

Map Quest

Whether you’re missing a key on your keyboard or just want to improve your productivity, remapping can be extremely useful.

Remapping keys on your computer’s keyboard allows you to change any key to any other key, allowing you to personalize your keyboard exactly how you like it. Don’t like the location of a particular key? Just change it.

Though we’ve looked at how to remap keys in the past, let’s look now at some ways in which that can be useful.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Jan.27, 2015  10:45 pm No Comments

Pass the Salt

Passwords are a tricky beast. You want a password that you can remember, but you also want to make sure it’s secure. How do you find the balance?

One option, is a password manager, and it’s a great option. But if you insist on keeping track of your passwords manually, using tricks that only you can remember. If you can’t decide which method to use, of you just want some general tips, we’ve got you covered with this awesome infographic.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Jan.26, 2015  10:44 pm No Comments

Mr. Freeze

If you’ve ever wanted to maintain a system state to keep it secure and not allow any changes, then you might want to try deep freezing your Windows computer.

Unlike a factory reset, which wipes everything back to the manufacturer’s default, a deep freeze allows you to create a specific system state that you want your computer to restore back to. Windows 8 has built-in utilities to restore and refresh your system, but this is a bit different.

There are paid and free applications to help you accomplish this, so we’re going to look at both and see what’s available on the market.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Jan.25, 2015  10:40 pm No Comments

Driving Miss Daisy

Windows 7 made the plug and play feature a big hit. With amazing support for most common hardware, users were able to just plug in their new devices and use them without having to go through configuration of any kind. The support got better with Windows 8, but still there are many drivers that need to be installed manually. Also, the option to check for driver updates is basically of no use in Windows and there’s no option to back the drivers up either.

While there are many utilities available for driver management, most of them force you to pay money to use. While some give you the option to evaluate the product for free, they come with a download speed cap that can really frustrate you. So today I am going to talk about an all-new app called DriveTheLife that is a one-stop, free driver management app that scores low on the frustration side.

Let’s get started and check out how the app performs.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Jan.24, 2015  10:37 pm No Comments

Mr. Clean

You can now clean crap more efficiently with CCleaner v5.

Microsoft Windows is actually a great operating system, even though it gets attacked often. However, one valid criticism is how much junk builds up in various places of the OS. CCleaner, or Crap Cleaner, has long been one of the best tools to optimize your PC, and the new v5 update continues the fine tradition.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Jan.23, 2015  8:40 am No Comments

Bits and Pieces

Almost everyone one of you knows what defrag means when it comes to the computer terminology. But how many of you know what it actually means? It’s very simple. Defragmentation is the process of speeding up your computer. How does it speed up your computer? Let’s see, the process decreases the amount of fragmentation on your hard drive, this is done by physically organising the content you have on your hard drive so it can store files into the smallest number of neighboring regions. Another thing that defragmentation does is it tries to create larger regions of free space, this is done by using compression and to prevent the any fragmentation from coming back.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Jan.22, 2015  10:54 pm No Comments

Thin is In

Since Intel’s introduction of the category a few years ago, ultrabooks have poured into the market in the last couple of years. But the laptops themselves aren’t a mutation of some sort. Intel simply put a new spin on an evolving category of laptops that are incredibly thin, battery-efficient, and use low-voltage processors. Interestingly enough, these laptops were previously known as CULV laptops (CULV stands for consumer ultra-low-voltage processors), but Intel decided, and rightly so, that CULV doesn’t exactly sound sexy to consumers. In fact, it doesn’t sound like anything at all. Voila, ultrabooks.

But what exactly comprises an ultrabook? Intel has a long list of specifications on its blog. While the specifications continue to evolve, the main ones are a low-voltage Intel Core processor, a frame no thicker than 0.83 inch, at least five hours of battery life, and fast boot times. The last spec relies on an Intel technology called Rapid Start, which makes use of flash storage embedded on the laptop’s motherboard.

With Windows 8 and 8.1, touch screens look to become an integral part of the ultrabook spec, with all eyes on Windows 8 and how Microsoft’s operating system will drive this segment. Indeed many of the new Windows 8-equipped ultrabooks that have launched feature touch screens.

By including touch functionality, Intel is also anticipating that its ultrabooks will include detachable tablets and hybrid laptops as well, and some of the new PCs bear that out. The implementation of hybrid models have met with mixed results so far, but expect more to launch in the near future.

An unspoken factor is that Intel would like prices for ultrabooks to come in well below the $1,000 mark. What we’ve seen so far doesn’t really bear that out. Sure, there have been a few ultrabooks that are retailing for less than that, but most are just above the $1,000 price point, depending on the configuration.

Are ultrabooks for you? You can figure that out by reading our primer on the category and then studying our buying guide. But before you do, check out our picks for the 10 best ultrabooks on the market today. Be sure to also check out ourtop overall laptop picks.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Jan.21, 2015  10:43 pm No Comments

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