Lounge Life

Living a useful life making mistakes

When you reformat the wrong hard drive and erase nearly 2TB of your own data, it’s remarkably generous to mention to anyone what software you used to recover from your giant error. Sadder but wiser Lounge member CLiNT kindly offered a review of the recovery software he used. You might find the information extremely useful — you just never know when.

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Tools, both plain and fancy, on the Web

Lounge member chambless came to the General Productivity forum looking for a snipping tool. Amid the recommendations that poured in, he found exactly what he was looking for.

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Fine print: Bigger is not always easier to read

Forum member billrice wants a new and bigger monitor. To make a better-informed decision, he asked for help from Lounge members in the Hardware forum.

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Offering humble opinions about antispyware

Lounge member LesF used to trust Spybot. But with the appearance of error messages and recalcitrant updates, he’s lost faith in it. So he seeks recommendations for a replacement spyware detector in the Other Applications forum.

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Asked wrong question, got good answers anyway

Lounge member DeadVAIO tells his fellow Loungers in the Windows 7 forum that his wireless keyboard isn’t working. Turns out, it’s not wireless. But he still got valuable assistance.

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Resigned response: “I’ll get used to it”

After downloading Firefox 34.0.0, Lounge member ldb wondered whether the browser’s search engine might be broken. Posting in the Third-Party Browsers forum, he described the differences between his new and old versions of Firefox.

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Need tools: Good but not too expensive

Lounge member dc696969 needs a PDF creator, and he has some requirements and preferences concerning how it works and the range of files it works on. He brought his list of wishes to the Other Applications forum.

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When your problem turns out to be a known issue

Lounge member (and student) bassfisher6522 signed up for the free educational version of Office 365. All was well until one afternoon when Outlook informed him he needed to reactivate his account.

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Tool to prevent one problem can cause another

Lounge member EWek11 is baffled by a Windows Group Policy error message that arises in response to the Google Picasa updater.

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Diagnosis: It just might take a village

Lounge member ggmcbreen, a graphics designer, relies heavily on graphics properties of certain tools such as thumbnails, which suddenly were not showing up in her folders. Instead, she saw mainly blank icons.

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