Author Archives: Tracey Capen

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.

An especially busy week for computing oddities

New this week in the Lounge: Excel doesn’t print the numerals 6 or 8, a user’s machine thinks Windows 7 is fake, and some very old calendars show up in Outlook.

Lounge member farscape_fan, an Exchange admin, reports the strange case of many old calendars showing up in some of his users’ Outlook Calendar views.

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Beta Windows Secrets Lounge launched

The new year brings a crop of new beta websites, including our very own Windows Secrets Lounge.

Lounge member t8ntlikly posted a URL (see below in Other Applications) for a French startup company that hopes to be an app store for Windows and a lot of other products. T8ntlikly invites everyone to watch that beta website.

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WOT gives shocking warning during Web browsing

A Web of Trust (WOT) warning about a seemingly innocuous site has a Lounge member wondering whether WOT is crying wolf.

Lounge member peterg was doing research on the Web and received a “ferocious” WOT screen. It even refused to let him read the intended site’s content.

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When Microsoft claims your Windows is invalid

Operating-system installation surprises include a variety of validation error messages.

You may have a perfectly legitimate reason to swap out a factory-installed operating system for an older version, but brace yourself for possibly startling reactions to your product key.

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Windows Secrets Lounge moving to new platform

To anyone who has used the Windows Secrets Lounge, it’s no secret that our forum is more difficult to use than it should be.

To make the Lounge a more inviting site, we’re moving it to a new platform — vBulletin — and giving it a new look.

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Many approaches to password protection

Of the many debates about personal-computing security, password protection is a perennial favorite.

Password schemes range from the what-me-worry, “I’ll just use my dog’s name,” to computer-generated ciphers that defy memorization and end up on sticky notes next to the PC.

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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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