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By David Rivers | Sunday, September 07, 2014

Keep Up with Technology — and Keep Your Career Afloat

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I’ll be the first to admit I’m no spring chicken. Over the past 20 years, I’ve personally witnessed major changes in the workplace and the way we do business, thanks to the evolution of technology.

They call it “progress” and for the most part, these changes have been for the better. But new graduates, who were born into a high-tech world and do almost everything with technology, have a distinct advantage over existing workers who feel like they’re being left behind while struggling to keep up with all the changes.

Yes, getting lazy about learning new technology is a great way to kiss your career goodbye. But staying relevant doesn’t have to be scary—or even difficult.

By David Rivers | Sunday, August 31, 2014

Students! 3 Time-Management Tips for Staying on Track

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There’s a motto I value and it can really help students who are in the midst of another school year: “Manage your work; don’t let it manage you.”

Of course, this is much easier said than done. That’s why I’d like to share these time-management tips to help students stay in control, reduce stress levels, and enjoy a happier school year!

By David Rivers | Saturday, August 23, 2014

Parents! Get Back-to-School Organized—with Evernote

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Back-to-school month is an exciting time for everyone in the family. But if you’re not ready, it can become one of the most stressful times of the year.

You can avoid start-of-the-school-year panic if you’re organized—and Evernote can help.

By David Rivers | Friday, November 08, 2013

What’s new this week in Office 365

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Great news for Office 365 users this week: Microsoft has released an update improving the Office Web Apps that are included with Home Premium and Business subscription plans.

While the Office Web Apps started out as a companion to the desktop experience, Microsoft has been improving functionality within the Web Apps with the intention of shifting them into their own, standalone Office experience on the web.

With this in mind, users of the Office Web Apps will notice some improved features and functions in this latest update.

By David Rivers | Thursday, October 17, 2013

8.1 reasons to check out Windows 8.1

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Back in October of 2012, a lot of hype surrounded the release of Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8. Reviews were mixed. While the performance and security enhancements were well received, there was considerable criticism about the new and redesigned user interface. Many felt it was confusing, difficult to learn, and limited in some areas. Microsoft responded to this criticism with Windows 8.1, the first major update to Windows 8.

Having worked closely with both versions now, I can tell you there are plenty of improvements to satisfy even the harshest of critics.

Here are my 8.1 reasons to check out Windows 8.1:

By David Rivers | Thursday, July 09, 2009

Windows 7 RC Preview takes you under the hood of Microsoft Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7 Release Candidate public beta is here and it’s yours for the taking! And the lynda.com newly released preview training for Windows 7, Windows 7 RC Preview, takes you under the hood of Microsoft’s successor to Windows Vista, exploring what’s new and enhanced in Microsoft’s newest operating system.

Many people resisted the jump from Windows XP to Vista, and for the most part, I would have to agree they had good reason. Windows 7 is not just a prettier version of Windows Vista. It’s stable, it’s fast, it’s secure, and it’s loaded with new and improved features designed to create a superb windows experience. In Windows 7 RC Preview, I tackle those features – not just telling you about them, but also guiding you through the steps to use them properly.

For example, the user interface contains a number of improvements to make life easier when performing those repetitive tasks, like searching for files and programs, switching between open programs, and arranging windows. You’ll be able to follow along with me as we explore and test these features with real programs and sample files.

In this title, we’ll also explore the new or enhanced windows apps and utilities included with Windows 7, including one that is sure appeal to those Windows XP users who are still nervous about changing their OS. If you’re thinking that upgrading to Windows 7 means you won’t be able to use those programs that run in Windows XP only, think again. I’ll show you how to setup and use the new Windows XP Mode to run your XP programs in a separate window, side by side with your Windows 7 programs.

Connecting to networks and connecting devices to your computer just became simpler in Windows 7, too, so we’ll be sure to explore features like Home Group, Device Stage, and Location Aware Printing in this title.

With the release of Windows 7 come new versions of Internet Explorer and Windows Live Essentials. Instant search capabilities, accelerators, and web slices in Internet Explorer 8 are exciting features that are covered in detail in this title. And if staying connected online is important to you, our coverage of the latest and greatest in Windows Live Essentials will help you to communicate online, synchronize your files online, and even share them securely.

Windows 7 will truly be considered a quality release and it has me excited for many reasons. As I researched for this title, the new features and enhancements had me blurting out “Wow!” on more than one occasion. I can’t wait to show you why.

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