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.

Slim and Trim

Use the drivers Windows provides and you won’t have to worry about bloatware. If you do have to install the drivers provided by your manufacturer, here’s how to avoid all the heavy control panels and startup applications they include.

These applications are sometimes useful, but they often aren’t. Install a few different driver packages and you may find your computer takes noticeably longer to boot and has quite the collection of system tray icons.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.26, 2014  10:43 pm No Comments

Prying Eyes

Internet privacy has been under sustained attack over recent years. Thanks to the heroic efforts of whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden and organizations such as Wikileaks, we are all wiser and can now take precautions to protect our right to privacy.

The list of organizations and companies that have access to your data or want to spy on you just keeps growing. As we rant about the NSA and other similar national agencies, Google continues to pervade our lives and collect loads of personal data with its numerous products. Facebook was also in the news lately for all the wrong reasons with its creepy psych experiments.

The browser you use is a key factor in protecting your privacy. Out of the box, Google Chrome and Firefox run JavaScript and accept cookies and while Internet Explorer blocks third party cookies, it also runs JavaScript. So, the most popular browsers don’t do a great job at protecting your privacy. You could always use the private browsing feature that now comes with all the major browsers but advertisers and government agencies would still be able to track you.

We searched around and came up with the following three browsers that are designed to make your browsing as private and secure as possible.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.25, 2014  10:40 pm No Comments

Hot Child in the City

Microsoft releases a new version of Windows (be it a complete revision or a service pack) every couple years, but the space between these major releases is far from barren. In fact the company serves up a constant stream of minor updates that address bugs, security problems or minor functionality issues.

Updates that impact all versions of Windows are always released through the Windows Update service, but less important fixes are not. Searching for a hotfix is one of the first things you should do when your Windows PC has a problem.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.24, 2014  10:38 pm No Comments

Cut Up

Ask any PC tech person how to make your computer faster, and almost every one of them will tell you to defrag your PC. But do you really need to manually trigger a defrag these days?

The quick answer: You don’t need to manually defragment a modern operating system. The longer answer: let’s go through a couple scenarios and explain so you can understand why you probably don’t need to defrag.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.23, 2014  9:16 pm No Comments

Drive My Car

Unknown devices show up in the Windows Device Manager when Windows can’t identify a piece of hardware and provide a driver for it. An unknown device isn’t just unknown — it’s not functioning until you install the right driver.

Windows can identify most devices and download drivers for them automatically. When this process fails — or if you disable automatic driver downloads — you’ll have to identify the device and hunt the driver down on your own.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.22, 2014  9:13 pm No Comments

Search and Rescue

Search engines are becoming ever-more integrated into mobile operating systems, but you can still change your default search engine on your smartphone or tablet. You don’t have to stick with the search engine the device manufacturer chose for you.

As services are integrated more deeply into each operating system, changing your search engine is becoming more difficult. For example, there’s no way to change the default search engine used by Google NowApple’s Siri, or Microsoft’s Cortana.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.21, 2014  9:07 pm No Comments

Lessons Learned

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.20, 2014  8:08 pm No Comments

Hidden Gem

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.19, 2014  9:06 pm No Comments

Network Know How

Today we’re taking a look at the home networking hardware: what the individual pieces do, when you need them, and how best to deploy them. Read on to get a clearer picture of what you need to optimize your home network.

When do you need a switch? A hub? What exactly does a router do? Do you need a router if you have a single computer? Network technology can be quite an arcane area of study, but armed with the right terms and a general overview of how devices function on your home network you can deploy your network with confidence.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.18, 2014  9:03 pm No Comments

Open and Shut Case

It’s happened to everybody at some point—you go to install a new application, and Windows tells you to reboot first. Or reboot after. Or it asks you to close out of every other application first. Why does it do that?

In today’s geek lesson we’ll explain exactly why Windows can be so irritating with all this rebooting, and hopefully give you a better perspective into why things work this way.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Aug.17, 2014  9:02 pm No Comments