Lounge Life

Software updates: For more than new tricks

When capehartjd downloaded some videos using iTunes, he thought he should be able to view them using iTunes, too. But they were unwatchable.

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What’s better than an external hard drive?

Lounge member moon1130 needs a big external hard drive and came to the Lounge for recommendations.

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Malware hitches a ride home on a thumb drive

Lounge member WindowsWasher took some files to be printed at a local UPS store and brought back four Trojans from the store on his thumb drive.

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Read specs, say the experts — even to one another

When a Lounge member saw a deal on a desktop computer at a well-known supplier, he was happy. When he got his computer home, he was a great deal less happy.

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Lounge members discuss costs of upgrade

When an enthusiastic early adopter pauses to ponder whether he really ought to add Office 2013 to his collection of new toys, he brings his question to the Lounge. Wherein a discussion of licensing terms, business- and home-use subscription models, and the good sense of keeping an older Office ensues.

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Call it unreliable: your precious hard drive

“I think my HDD is going bad,” says Lounge member Look — which isn’t nearly as grim a statement as “I think my HDD is dead!” It pays to watch, not wait, for failure of your hard drives because you remain vigilant about backing up your data.

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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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