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.

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

Shiny Chrome

You can never be too safe on the internet. Sure, you’ve learned to not open links from phishy emails, or to click on links from Facebook and Twitter that sound like spam, but once in a while, maybe through no fault of your own, you’ll end up at a bad corner of the internet. And that might lead to malware or some compromised data.

How do you stay safe on the internet? Well, by making sure the site isn’t known to spread malware, by forcing HTTPS everywhere, and by disabling cookies for websites like Facebook who try to follow everything you do online. How can you do all that and more? Chrome extensions of course. Check out these must-have security extensions.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Oct.15, 2014  7:30 am No Comments

Implant Webinar

With the dental implant market expected to grow to $6.6 million in 2018, there’s never been a better opportunity for general dentists to start placing implants.

What if you could restore a smile without having the patient bounce between multiple clinicians? Discover how to provide treatments that are minimally-invasive, affordable and created specifically for the general dentist.

This complimentary webinar provides dentists like you with the knowledge to incorporate implants seamlessly into your practice. Not only will you be able to provide a treatment with long lasting results, but you’ll be creating a more efficient and progressive practice.

Register here: http://dcdentalwebinars.com/feck/index.php

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Oct.14, 2014  1:47 pm No Comments

Dropbox Warning

As many of you may have heard, there was a reported massive breach of Dropbox yesterday. Dropbox is, of course, denying it. If you use Dropbox, change your password and set up two-factor authentication ASAP. This is why I never recommend putting ePHI in Dropbox, it’s not HIPAA compliant and now you know why.

Posted by Lorne Lavine on Oct.14, 2014  10:30 am No Comments

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