Lounge Life

Maintaining a computer: The car analogy

The small network of old, underpowered computers at work in a restaurant causes various problems for the owner — and for cmptrgy, the computer-literate friend who tries to rescue them. When cmptrgy describes these troubles in the Lounge, he’s offered both practical advice and philosophical remarks on the nature of maintenance.

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As if paying taxes weren’t hard enough

Sometimes your software makes your tax-paying ordeal even mightier. Lounge member hodget’s first obstacle to completing his tax preparation was upgrading TurboTax.

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Don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

It should be no surprise to learn that people love some fonts and hate others. Oddly, it turns out that people can be just as particular about their screen cursors.

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Restoring Remote Desktop from afar

Holidays can distract the mind in good ways and bad. When it’s the latter, any ensuing trouble can be prolonged while everyone is away for the holidays. That’s what happened to Lounge member LosFeliz when he disabled Remote Desktop in order to work undisturbed on his servers.

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Generous in the Lounge all year ’round

For excellent examples of what’s great about folks who use the Windows Secrets Lounge, take a look at the Hardware forum.

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Bad news just in time for the holidays

If you use PayPal, check out the Security & Scams forum for a new posting about a pretty persuasive PayPal phishing scam.

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Technology to warm your heart — it works

Lounge member t8ntlikly needs to share a OneNote file with a known scatterbrain and is tired of sending and resending links that are lost and lost again.

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The fizzy season of festivities and fraud

Before commencing your holiday online gift-buying binge, you might want to fortify yourself with a few cautionary tales.

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Effective naming practices of scareware

How’s this for an impressive product name: “Windows 7 Antivirus Pro 2013″? Don’t buy it. It’s malware.

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Win8 early adopters compare notes in the Lounge

After you successfully download the Windows 8 operating system flavor of your choice, you have still more software adventures on which to embark. To help you concentrate your effort, this week’s Lounge Life focuses on Windows 8 questions.

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