Lounge Life

Multilingual spellchecker offers too much help

Lounge member elycett works for an international organization in Canada and corresponds via email in several languages. The Outlook 2013 mail program he recently began using produces spellchecking in every language it encounters in messages, which is not what elycett wants.

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Phone service without a landline: What’s easiest?

When Lounge member Rfarmer’s mother-in-law moves into assisted care, she’ll have Wi-Fi and cell-phone reception but no landline. Unfortunately, learning to use wireless devices previously proved too challenging for her.

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What’s roomy, safe, and cheap in cloud storage?

A Lounge member wants to know who in the cloud to trust with his and his family’s digital files. He’d like a lot of space, he wants an established company offering it, he wants uploads to move smartly — but he’s also minding his budget.

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How safe will Word 2003 be next spring?

Noting that Microsoft intends to end support for Word 2003 in April 2014, Lounge member ila wonders how safe it will be to continue to use it.

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Loungers discuss Google versus privacy

In the Social Media forum, administrator ruirib draws Lounge members’ attention to the brief filed by Google in a class-action suit against the company in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

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Stop (and ask) at the forum before you shop

This week, various Lounge members are picking brains in the forums before they download software, replace hard drives, and so on.

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When Microsoft really does call you on the phone

Forum member marshallman reports to the Security & Scams forum this week his recent experience with an “I’m from Microsoft” telephone scam. He wasn’t looking for a solution; he just wanted the impressions of others with similar experiences.

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Video-editing app lost after OS upgrade

Lounge member sumac liked his “simple yet effective” Pinnacle Studio 9 video editor, but then he upgraded his operating system to Windows 7.

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How to protect nonprofit tools from volunteers

A lot of good work happens at nonprofit organizations. Unfortunately, a lot of computer mayhem can be caused by insufficiently savvy users. Lounge member cmptrgy asks in the Maintenance forum for tips on limiting the damage to computers in his charge, including how to prevent irresponsible downloads.

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Electricity is hot topic in Hardware forum

When a WS Lounge member ordered a surge protector for his new system, he asked his friends in the Hardware forum what they knew about claims that surge protectors slow Internet speeds.

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