Lounge Life

Playing out the future of DVD playback

A few days ago, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky published a FAQ concerning Windows Media Center and DVD playback in Windows 8. According to Sinofsky, only buyers of Windows 8 Pro will be able to include Windows Media Center and its DVD playback software with their operating system.

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Looking at MSE 4.0 in Security & Backups

Several people tried out Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 and reported their findings in the Security & Backups forum. It’s now shipping and the reviews are positive, despite some quibbles.

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Cross-discipline style confusion wrecks format

An editor who posted a manuscript to a website discovered that the paragraph formatting had been converted to a “Normal” she didn’t like. So she asked the Lounge members in the Word Processing forum how to reverse the look of the manuscript, simply, to what it used to be.

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‘Tell your beloved to uninstall his adapter’

As with sniffles and bad moods in a family, if one householder has computer trouble, most likely it will spread one way or another to her relatives. Lounge member sylviesinc thought IE 9 was responsible for failed connections to websites when she checked in to the Internet Explorer forum for assistance. Soon, she was benchmarking DNS servers — and soon after that, her computer was working fine again.

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How to pass an audit (of your computer)

You might be comforted to know that computers managing e-commerce transactions are typically certified. If a business accepts credit-card payments, its customers should know their information is secure on the e-commerce servers. However, Lounge member WaterBoyz is not in the comfort zone yet: his Windows 7 computer was audited — with the report that its port 111 is open to the outside world.

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Take good Lounge advice: Be prepared

The Windows 8 forum in the Lounge is full of postings this week — the recent Win8 Consumer Preview release has been occupying a lot of minds and computer hard drives. If you’re interested in Microsoft’s next operating system, you’re likely to find lots of interesting commentary in the Win8 forum.

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Hello, World: Windows 8 shows its face

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been keeping a lot of people busy lately, including those of us at Windows Secrets. We’ve added a forum for Windows 8 in the Lounge, where you can see that a lively conversation has begun.

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Know thyself: applies to your hard drive, too

Nothing works better than a nearly full hard drive to stimulate a fit of cleaning. But wait — what exactly are those hundreds of security-licensing-slc-component-sku- … files taking up so much valuable space?

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Ribbon creep or Ribbon triumph: Which is it?

From its introduction in 2007, the Office Ribbon has had its vigorous detractors, tepid supporters, and rare champions. But with each iteration of Office and Windows, the Ribbon survives and spreads.

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E-mail power user makes a Win8 mail-client wish

Many people organize their work and lives in e-mail folders. Lounge member kelliann1’s system is particularly robust. She wants to see an Outlook Express/Windows Mail client in Windows 8. So she asks other Loungers in the Non-Outlook E-mail forum whether they’ve heard any pleasing rumors about a Windows 8 mail client.

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