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.

Not-So-Perfect 10

Windows 10 is a huge step forward into the future! Or wait, isn’t it a step back? Either way, it’s a technical preview that isn’t finished yet, which gives us a huge opportunity to help shape what the final version might look like.

Let’s face it, Windows 10 is basically justWindows 8 with a Start Menu and windowed “Modern” apps, which you can get with third party software like ModernMix. Even the newVirtual Desktops that were integrated are not much different than what you can get with third-party software.

And the whole reason we have a Windows 10 is because Windows 8′s reputation is terrible, and the changes forced on power users were so annoying that many people just jumped ship after 20 years of using Windows.

So why are so many tech people acting like we should defer to Microsoft and wait to see what the final release is like?

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Oct.25, 2014  11:30 am No Comments

Perfect 10

The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available to everyone who wants it, but Microsoft’s claim that it’s an early build is no joke. There are bugs, driver issues and other problems that make it a poor choice for your primary computer. If you don’t have a second PC to install it on, however, don’t fret. We’ll guide you through the new Windows one screenshot at a time.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Oct.24, 2014  11:26 am No Comments

Blast from the Past

Love the speed and security of Windows 8, but miss the transparent look of Windows 7? Or maybe the blues and greens of Windows XP?

Here’s how to make Windows 8, or even 8.1, look like your favorite version of Windows from the past.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Oct.23, 2014  11:25 am No Comments

Up in the Air

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!

Instead, we urge you to review how to customize Windows Update and we demonstrate how you can protect yourself from faulty updates and yet keep your operating system up to date and secure.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Oct.22, 2014  11:23 am No Comments

Learn to Share

Cloud storage isn’t just for your own personal files. You can use it to easily share files without any hassle. Share files back-and-forth with your friends and colleagues, or make them available to the entire Internet.

Shared files can automatically sync to each person’s computer, or you can access them via the web or mobile app. It’s a more convenient way to share files than emailing them back and forth.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Oct.21, 2014  7:52 am No Comments

Down in the Dumps

When Windows blue-screens, it creates memory dump files — also known as crash dumps. This is what Windows 8′s BSOD is talking about when it says its “just collecting some error info.”

These files contain a copy of the computer’s memory at the time of the crash. They can be used to help diagnose and identify the problem that led to the crash in the first place.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Oct.20, 2014  7:49 am No Comments

Email 101

We send a lot of email these days—at work, at home, on our phones… But do you know what all the email jargon means? Keep reading to find out more about the difference between the various ways to receive email.

Whether you use Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo mail, or email configured on your own website—there’s more to receiving email than it might seem like on the surface. Today, we’ll be focusing on some answering some of the most common stumbling blocks when it comes to setting up new email accounts and explaining the difference in clear language. For our geekier readers who already know that stuff, feel free to join in the discussion—let us know how you explain to relatives and tech-challenged coworkers the difference in common email setups… or simply share this guide and save yourself the trouble of explaining it!

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Oct.19, 2014  7:47 am No Comments

Gone Baby Gone

Most of the time we rarely spare a thought for deleted files outside of knowing they are now out of our way, but what actually happens to those files when we delete them? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a curious reader’s questions about the deletion process.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Oct.18, 2014  7:43 am No Comments

Numbers Game

If you’re running Windows 8, Chrome is easily the best browser you can be running — so what happens when you run into issues during installation?

Installing Chrome on Windows 8 isn’t as simple as you might think. Let’s run through a few of the choices you have and issues you might run into while trying to install it.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Oct.17, 2014  7:37 am No Comments

Start your Engines!

The Windows 8.1 update brought a host of great changes to the modern interface, allowing you to more easily customize your Start Screen and organize your modern apps. We’ve already covered 10 Windows 8 Start Screen hacks that can improve your experience, but with these Windows 8.1 tips and tricks, you’ll master your Start Screen tiles and modern apps.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Oct.16, 2014  7:35 am No Comments

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