Lounge Life

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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Cultural expectations organize our documents

When Lounge member HowardC posted a question about page numbering in the Word Processing forum, it took a couple of rounds before his advisors understood what he was trying to accomplish.

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Managing your e-mail by understanding it

After Lounge member MauryS migrated an Outlook 2003 mail account to Outlook 2010, he found that the mail folders weren’t stored as he expected. He asked for a refresher course on POP and IMAP.

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Do Microsoft warning popups really protect you?

Lounge member StickBoy is irked by Windows 7 popups that pause the action when he tries to open files. His exasperation sets off a discussion in the Windows 7 forum regarding the various pros and cons of warning messages.

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Not joking: Keep laptop off your lap

Lounge member brencoz first thought he had a wireless mouse problem, then a USB-hub driver problem. He was mystified — his laptop functioned only intermittently, for no apparent reason.

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Trading privacy for really great tools?

When you acquire a new device such as a smartphone, it can force a range of other upgrades on you.

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Questions and more questions when HD fails

When Lounge member IreneLinda’s external hard drive mysteriously began to drop out of action and then back in again, she wrote to the Lounge for advice about diagnostic tools. In due time, she wrote again, asking for recommendations for new external hard drives. The way of all flesh is a rule of digital life, too. More.

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