Lounge Life

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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Frying can happen any time you blink

Lounge member amcpherson moved his computer from one room to another, then discovered that his keyboard and a mouse had not survived the move.

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When a printer can’t work: Troubleshooting

When a Lounge member couldn’t enable printer sharing, he knew it wasn’t the printer’s fault — the problem was in Vista’s Network and Sharing Center.

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See whether the dinosaurs come out for QBasic

A Lounge member still uses QBasic. His problem with this program brought out self-described dinosaurs to help him consider it.

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Staying in touch selectively: Any tricks?

A Lounge member asks for advice about a problem that threatens almost everybody with an email account: how to eradicate spam from a compromised email address.

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Webway robbery: You can lose your domain

Lounge member hobkirk was aghast to learn from GoDaddy that a domain name he’d owned, paid for, and locked had been suddenly transferred to someone else.

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