Lounge Life

What kind of computer does an older woman want?

Lounge member Double Tap is deeply annoyed that the WOW! computer his 90-year-old mother bought can use only an HP inkjet printer. He wrote to the Non-Microsoft OSes forum for advice — he wants to hack the WOW!’s Linux operating system to make it accept a Brother black-and-white laser printer.

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Technology, terminology — and talk about both

Lounge member RetiredGeek had encouraging news to report in the Networking forum: his newly purchased cable modem was not only going to save him money, but his download speeds were notably faster. Speedily enough, discussion turned to speed-testing tools. Faster still (from across the pond in the U.K.) were nomenclature questions. Do we all understand exactly what “cable modem” means in the U.K. and the U.S.? Is “Mbits” the same as “Mbps”?

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In praise of the now-rare Easter egg

Maybe the recent holiday made them do it, but Lounge members hanging out in the General Productivity forum went hunting for Easter eggs this past week. Some of their find s— of the software kind — are colorful, indeed.

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Patience an elusive virtue among computer users

Lounge member cmptrgy has created a couple of desktop shortcuts for shutting down and restarting the computers he maintains for a nonprofit organization. He wants a message stating that the shutdown shortcut will take fewer than 30 seconds — or, ideally, fewer than than 15 seconds.

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Keeping tools of the always-changing trade

Because Lounge member mrjimphelps couldn’t get online recently, he was forced into an investigation of causes. He discovered quickly enough that not one of his USB devices was working.

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Updates can cause as well as fix trouble

When Lounge member IreneLinda posted in the Graphics/Multimedia forum about Windows Live Movie Maker’s frequent crashes, she was frustrated.

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Record-keeping macro seems fun for volunteers

Time-trackers are important tools in many workplaces, and their users expect accuracy and often want a full set of features. But for all the finicky requirements presented by Lounge member CHE to improve a time-tracking tool, the Excel forum members cheerfully offered the necessary solutions and many extras.

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Swarms of locusts: Junkware on the Internet

When Lounge member beiland had some work done on his computer, the shop installed IObit Uninstaller. Inevitably, beiland had occasion to test his new uninstaller.

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Superfish has been around longer than you think

Lounge member Jagworld wonders about the notorious Superfish, recently in the news because it was factory-installed on Lenovo computers. He found it in his Windows Registry — and he doesn’t have a Lenovo.

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Searching for less-is-more software

Lounge member gsmith-plm is a semi-retired computer guy and wants a less baroque set of tools than Office to suit his streamlined intentions. “Any hope,” he asks his fellow Loungers in the General Productivity forum, that we’ll “ever see a simple word processor and spread sheet that will work with Office documents?”

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