Lounge Life

Where workers work: data access at home (or not)

Lately, Lounge members have been pondering data security: can (or should) one accord greater or lesser degrees of trust to workers, depending on where they’re doing their jobs any given day.

Lounge member Neil asks whether it’s possible to configure
Terminal Services in Small Business Server 2008 to differentiate network services, giving users broader access to data at the office than at home.

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Old tricks, new tools: more than you know

Most people establish handy ways to use their software, so when they move to new versions, they regret some of the changes.

Lounge member mikemullett misses an easy feature of older Word and wants to find it in his newer Word.

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A hard case: Vista Black Screen of Death

How to begin repairing a Vista Home Premium laptop that shows a black screen and a mouse pointer, period?

Lounge member DwayneR describes the problem and soon discovers he’s not alone — many other Vista users report suffering from the same difficulty.

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An especially busy week for computing oddities

New this week in the Lounge: Excel doesn’t print the numerals 6 or 8, a user’s machine thinks Windows 7 is fake, and some very old calendars show up in Outlook.

Lounge member farscape_fan, an Exchange admin, reports the strange case of many old calendars showing up in some of his users’ Outlook Calendar views.

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Beta Windows Secrets Lounge launched

The new year brings a crop of new beta websites, including our very own Windows Secrets Lounge.

Lounge member t8ntlikly posted a URL (see below in Other Applications) for a French startup company that hopes to be an app store for Windows and a lot of other products. T8ntlikly invites everyone to watch that beta website.

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WOT gives shocking warning during Web browsing

A Web of Trust (WOT) warning about a seemingly innocuous site has a Lounge member wondering whether WOT is crying wolf.

Lounge member peterg was doing research on the Web and received a “ferocious” WOT screen. It even refused to let him read the intended site’s content.

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When Microsoft claims your Windows is invalid

Operating-system installation surprises include a variety of validation error messages.

You may have a perfectly legitimate reason to swap out a factory-installed operating system for an older version, but brace yourself for possibly startling reactions to your product key.

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Windows Secrets Lounge moving to new platform

To anyone who has used the Windows Secrets Lounge, it’s no secret that our forum is more difficult to use than it should be.

To make the Lounge a more inviting site, we’re moving it to a new platform — vBulletin — and giving it a new look.

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Many approaches to password protection

Of the many debates about personal-computing security, password protection is a perennial favorite.

Password schemes range from the what-me-worry, “I’ll just use my dog’s name,” to computer-generated ciphers that defy memorization and end up on sticky notes next to the PC.

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Word solution to field addressing goes viral

Sometimes seemingly obscure topics generate an unexpectedly large response from Lounge members.

This phenomenon is often triggered when a member posts a new solution to a vexing problem.

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