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The end of Windows XP?

The end of Windows XP? Dell is going to stop bundling Windows XP as of October 1st, 2010. Microsoft will stop selling XP October 22nd, 2010. They will, however, provide driver support until April, 2014. If you're current computer doesn't have Windows 7, you're next one will!

Mac vs PC, part 2: Security

A professor I once knew offered me the following analogy regarding the various security capabilities of Macs vs. PCs: A Mac is like a beautiful house set out in the middle of the country. Its windows and doors are all kept unlocked because nobody ever comes out to visit with malicious intent. A PC, on the other hand, is like a house in the middle of the city with its doors locked with deadbolts and its windows covered with bars. The point of this analogy, explained in a bit more detail below, is that a Mac is inherently less secure, but it’s not a target, while Windows is more secure, but is getting attacked more frequently.

Hospital grade monitors - Should you have them in your practice?

A local dentist asked us if a better monitor would make his schick xrays look better.  He was currently using a Dell 17” ultrasharp monitor and had heard about xray specific monitors used in hospitals.  We hadn’t heard about these, but we did some legwork and got our hands on a few to do some comparison testing.

Mac vs PC, part 1: Hardware

This new series of blog entries is a little more controversial than most. I'm going to be talking about something that has a tendency to polarize computer guys (and gals) like almost no other issue. There have been multiple radio, print, and video ad campaigns addressing it. I am, of course, talking about Macs Vs. PCs. As a disclaimer, I generally use a PC for all of my computing needs, but that's just the way it worked out. I don't have an ax to grind against Macs, or Mac users, but I also don't use them all that much. In addition, any time I refer to “PC”, I'm speaking about Microsoft Windows. There are a lot of other operating systems that can run on different types of computers, but for simplicity's sake, we're going to stick with the Windows Vs. Mac operating system. So, with that out of the way, let's get on to the meat!

Wi-Fi, some thoughts.

What is Wi-Fi? At its heart, Wi-Fi is a way to allow computers to communicate with each other without the use of a physically wired network. In other words, a computer equipped with wireless technology can talk to other computers (and usually the Internet) without being physically plugged in to any wires.

Google voice – Is free calling really here?

In a word, yes.  Google Voice (formerly Grand Central) offers free calling and a multitude of other features.  Depending on how you use your cell phone it can be a great value.

Grand Rapids Dentist Office Burns Down

We think it won’t happen to us, and we hope it doesn’t.  For Dr. Vanderlinde’s office, unfortunately, a total loss due to fire damage became a reality.  On the morning of Tuesday, February 2nd the office at Breton and Saginaw had all but completely been destroyed by flames.

If you’re not on the Firefox bandwagon, you should be.

As Mozilla’s web browser, Firefox, continues to gain market share on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, many people continue to evaluate which is better, safer, and easier to use. In my own experience, I’ve never dealt with a virus on a PC that runs Firefox as its default browser. Internet Explorer, however, has brought many a virus to my attention. Both Firefox and Internet Explorer have continued to release new versions, and Firefox remains the browser of choice. Here is what I like about it.