Lounge Life

Are you keeping away from the OS bleeding edge?

When Lounge member Fascist Nation read an off-hand remark by tech writer Ian Paul that Win8.1 users are very happy with their free upgrade to Win10, he wondered why some Win8.1 users are sticking with Win8.1

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Who maintains Windows — you or Microsoft?

Posting in the General Windows forum, Lounge member moon1130 asked for the denial or confirmation of a frequently repeated rumor: that Windows 10 will be automatically replacing Windows 7 and 8.

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The mystery of dueling email-service passwords

Lounge member Vincenzo writes to the Non-Outlook Email forum to describe the puzzling behavior of a friend’s email account. Vincenzo’s friend uses Cox.net as his ISP and Windows Live Mail as his email service. He states, “The Cox email account is the only email account that is configured in WLM.”

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Opportunistic scam via new tool: Win10 Upgrade

Lounge member Coochin wrote to the Security &Scams forum to describe scam artistry recently practiced on one of his clients. Coochin’s customer, an elderly man, believed the “Microsoft Support” person who called one day and claimed he could fix infections on the client’s Win7 computer.

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How to learn video editing: starting with tools

Lounge member cosmlou made a wedding video and wants to extract five minutes of audio and video from one DVD and burn it to another. He doesn’t know how to do that, so he asked, in the Graphics/Multimedia forum, what he needs to do and use to accomplish the task.

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Angles on the bootable USB flash drive

Lounge member tb75252 posted in the Other Applications forum, asking how to make a USB flash drive capable of booting a computer. Meanwhile, in the Windows 7 forum, Lounge member nanv asked a similar question, although a little more urgently; her computer didn’t come with a CD.

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Preparing for bad digital-life eventualities

Lounge member Rhinoceros has been thinking about economical ways to recover from a system failure. He’s particularly concerned about recovery when his machine won’t boot.

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Learn something new about an old app

Lounge member naomi inherited an org chart created in Visio but found it partly crippled: boxes moved only horizontally, not on the vertical plane. She asked for suggestions for solving this problem in the Other Apps forum.

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Learning new-to-us facts by accident

Lounge member access-mdb accepted genial ribbing from fellow Loungers in the Third-Party Browsers forum, when he confessed he’d learned a Firefox tab-moving trick by accident. In the ensuing discussion, he learned why he might want to use that feature in future — as did some other Loungers. You might want to see discovery in progress by checking in on that conversation.

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Too darned hot: Computers prefer to keep cool

When a Lounge member wrote to the Hardware forum about his overheating laptop, he set off a flurry of concerned responses.

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