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Tracey Capen

About Tracey Capen

Editor in chief Tracey Capen was the executive editor of reviews at PC World magazine for 10 years, from 1995 to 2005. He was InfoWorld's managing editor of reviews from 1993 to 1995 and worked in the magazine's test center and as networking editor from 1989 to 1992. Between his stints at InfoWorld, he was senior labs editor at Corporate Computing magazine.

Word solution to field addressing goes viral

Sometimes seemingly obscure topics generate an unexpectedly large response from Lounge members.

This phenomenon is often triggered when a member posts a new solution to a vexing problem.

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Thoughts on the nominal end of Windows XP

As a rule, we don’t mention Windows Secrets articles here in Lounge Life.

But our recent story on the life and times of Windows XP — prompted by the announced end of XP sales — drew strong interest, both in the WS newsletter and in the Lounge.

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Searching for an easy-to-use e-mail client

Sometimes the best application is not the one with the most bells and whistles — it’s the one that does the job with minimal fuss.

Lounge member Dick Moores is helping out a friend who’s migrating to Windows 7 but may find Outlook more than is needed. Dick raises the question of what’s the best, simple e-mail client, and gets a passel of opinions.

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Taking our summer break — see you Sept. 9

The Windows Secrets crew is taking our annual summer break for the next two weeks. Time to go out and smell the pine trees.

We’ll be back with Fred, Woody, and the rest of the gang starting September 9, bringing you the latest in Windows and PC secrets.

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Audio conversion project stopped by Win7 upgrade

Microsoft has done a reasonably good job of making the Windows XP-to-Win7 upgrade process as painless as possible.

But as with most operating system changes, it’s the legacy drivers for audio and video that cause the most problems.

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At some point, you just have to move on

When I say it’s time to move on, I’m not talking to the millions of PC users who continue to use Windows XP and refuse, for now, to upgrade to Windows 7.

No, I’m talking to those procrastinators who cling to Windows XP SP2 in spite of Microsoft’s July 13 support cutoff date.

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What’s the best choice for a novice Linux user?

It’s unlikely that Linux will ever be on every desktop PC, but there’s a growing and dedicated corps of PC users that find it far more than a curiosity.

Linux use ranges from simple desktop terminals to super computers, and advocates point to its flexibility and open-source coding as just some of the reasons it makes a superior development platform.

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All subscribers get a free book excerpt

We like to give loyal Windows Secrets subscribers a little something extra when we can.

This month, every subscriber can download a two-chapter excerpt of the new book Hacking Exposed Wireless, Second Edition by Johnny Cache, Joshua Wright, and Vincent Liu.

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Thumbs-up scores spotlight interesting posts

One week ago, we launched a new thumbs-up rating system in the Windows Secrets Lounge as a way for Lounge members to highlight particularly useful posts.

Seven days later, the thumbs-up scores are starting to roll in. Over 90 posts have received a thumbs-up so far, with more coming daily.

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Looking for input on safe browsing strategies

By now, you’d be hard-pressed to find even a novice PC user who doesn’t know that bad things come through browsers and Internet links in e-mail.

It’s amazing that in a battle as old as the Internet, we still don’t have clearly defined strategies for protecting our PCs from all forms of malicious attacks.

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