Lounge Life

When the short answer is ‘probably’

As with other technologies upon which we heavily depend, we prefer unambiguous answers when we’re seeking help to cure troubles in a computer.

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Nothing lost in translation after all

This week, a Quicken user in Cornwall ran into frustration trying to restore his Quicken 2004 files after a brief, unsatisfactory experiment with Quicken 2010.

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FTC takes on telephone scareware scammers

Thanks to six lawsuits filed last week by the FTC, there should be fewer bogus tech-support calls for a while.

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Does Microsoft have an ‘official’ Facebook page?

Many businesses, including Microsoft, maintain Facebook pages. As it happens, numerous business units within Microsoft maintain Facebook pages, user-friendly and familiar, now that millions of people know how to “Like” a page and post comments on it.

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The decline of the PC, measured in DRAM

Blogger Arik Hesseldahl noted in an All Things D post that in the second quarter of 2012, PCs consumed only 49 percent of all DRAM memory chips produced. He took this as signifying the beginning of the end of the PC era.

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Can you come back from a bad website unscathed?

When Lounge member WindowWasher found himself redirected to a site he’d not intended to visit, he backed out of it. He then wondered how to prudently assess the real danger of sites such as the one he’d just visited.

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Always good advice: Check your settings!

A Lounge member voices a frequent complaint about e-mail messages: incoming e-mail fonts are too small! He simply wants Thunderbird to use a normal font size for incoming mail.

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Java: Conduit for new zero-day attack

In the Security & Backups forum this week, moderator Tinto Tech provides links to reports of a zero-day attack that uses Java to gain entry to machines.

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Do graphics tricks without Photoshop

When members of a high-school class reunited this summer to celebrate their long-ago graduation, they asked one of their classmates to get their senior-year annual online. Lounge member t8ntlikly ran into perplexity reproducing captions and photos that spanned spreads.

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New malware claims it’s the FBI, shuts you down

A post by RetiredGeek in the Security & Backups forum alerts computer users to a report of a new scam claiming the FBI has shut down your machine.

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