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.
The Windows registry is one of the most poorly understood parts of the Windows operating system. Understanding it, and using appropriate tools to manage it, can make the difference in having a well-functioning computer.
Whatever version of Windows you’re using, the registry remains a core piece of how software “plugs in” to the OS. For many years, it’s been the secret weapon for many IT technicians. It is a place where, if you know what you’re doing, you can increase performance of your PC. Of course, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you might not see any performance increase at all or you can actually cause the dreaded blue screen of death.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a PC guru to gain the benefits of registry tweaks. Several tools can simplify the registry, and help you find and repair any issues that might be causing problems for your computer.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.27, 2014 10:52 pm No Comments
Microsoft is slowly decommissioning its former Windows flagship. Since October 31st, theconsumer editions of Windows 7, as well as Windows 7 Ultimate, have officially been retired. If you don’t want to move on to Windows 8.1 with your next hardware upgrade, we’ve got some options for you.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.26, 2014 10:51 pm No Comments
From malware apps to the NSA to Google itself, it seems like everyone wants to get your private data. And that doesn’t even include someone just getting physical access to your phone. Security experts usually say that given the current snooping technologies there’s not much you can do to hide your data from people who really, really want to have it. Your best defense is to be so uninteresting, they just won’t care about it.
It’s the same story if you save your data on the “cloud.” You don’t know who has access to your data stored on someone else’s servers.
But you can’t just give up on privacy all together. You need to take a stand somewhere and one way to do it would be encryption. I’m sure you’ve heard of the term before. But what does it mean related to the personal data on your Android phone? And how is that going to be helpful in securing your data? Read on to find out.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.25, 2014 8:00 am No Comments
Using Windows Update to deliver novel features could have been awesome, but then Microsoft got ahead of themselves. Again.
In preparation for a rapid release cycle, Microsoft promised to deliver more than just security fixes with Windows Update. To reflect this change, they renamed the age old Patch Tuesday into Update Tuesday this past August. Unfortunately, the novel features included in the anticipated new kind of update were underwhelming. Worse, some updates caused havoc for a subset of users, forcing Microsoft to immediately pull them.
It’s not the first time that Windows updates have caused trouble. In combination with its other annoying features, such as forced restarts and delayed shutdown and boot, this might encourage some users to disable it entirely. Please don’t!No Comments
Chrome’s address bar doesn’t do much at a glance. Type in a URL and you’re taken to a web site. But it can do a lot more if you know how to use it.
Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.23, 2014 11:24 pm No Comments
“Encrypt everything to protect your data!” It’s common advice these days, with concerns about snooping and privacy reaching a fever pitch. But average computer users don’t really need to encrypt everything.
More operating systems are including encryption by default, which is fine. But, if your operating system doesn’t, you probably don’t need to start encrypting everything with third-party software.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.22, 2014 11:19 pm No Comments
Many companies want to sell you “memory optimizers,” often as part of “PC optimization” programs. These programs are worse than useless — not only will they not speed up your computer, they’ll slow it down.
Such programs take advantage of inexperienced users, making false promises about boosting performance. In reality, your computer knows how to manage RAM on its own. It will use RAM to increase your computer’s performance — there’s no point in having RAM sit empty.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.21, 2014 11:17 pm No Comments
Installing and uninstalling programs can be easy and quick when it’s just a one-off, but what about when you need to perform this action in bulk? It can be a hassle and a time consuming process, so we’re going to teach you how to do it in a flash.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with installing programs in turn from the developer’s website or using the native Windows uninstaller to remove them. Actually, it’s sometimes better for single instances to do it like that. But it’s not efficient en masse.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.20, 2014 11:13 pm No Comments
When Microsoft released the Windows 10 Technical Preview, many users installed it without a second thought. It turned out to be unsuitable as a main OS and users scrambled to revert back to Windows 7 or 8. None of that would’ve been necessary if they had just used a virtual machine instead.
If the term “virtual machine” soars over your head, don’t worry. It’s not as hard as you think and you’ll benefit greatly from using one. Here’s why.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.19, 2014 11:11 pm No Comments
Some PC applications just work together like two peas in a pod. I’m talking about pairs like Winamp and Last.fm. There’s Skype and Pidgin, Steam and Raptr, and more. When you’re using one of these, launching the next one just feels natural. However, having too many paired program groups like this can really cause some serious clutter on the desktop.
That being said, is there really a need to have both shortcuts on your desktop when two applications work alongside each other? If you don’t think so and you’re running Windows, let me show you how to combine both applications into a single shortcut icon for your desktop.Posted by Lorne Lavine on Nov.18, 2014 11:10 pm No Comments