Lounge Life

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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Getting informed about cloud storage

Lounge member georgelee needs more storage for photos and is looking for information on cloud storage — info mostly about OneDrive. Like almost all software and technical services, cloud-storage capacities and costs are evolving rapidly. It’s a topic ripe for discussion.

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How Cortana gets to know you, step by step

Lounge member handcuff36 was bemused by the apparent activity of Cortana, who wasn’t supposed to be working yet in Montreal.

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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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