Lounge Life

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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Why would you change your default calendar?

If you carry a smartphone or other portable device, it’s likely you want your calendar to have the same data on it, no matter where you are. Lounge member t8ntlikly posted a query asking how to make his Windows Live calendar the default calendar in Outlook — just so he could keep Outlook and his Windows phone synchronized.

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Loungers consider new Google privacy policy

Users of Google’s various services are previewing the revised privacy policy going into effect March 1. The terms of Google’s new policy have provoked discussion in the Lounge’s Social Media forum. How much personal information must we surrender to allow desired services to function?

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Do e-readers need antivirus protection?

A recent purchaser of a Kindle Fire assumed she needed AV software for it. But her mother isn’t so sure about that. Are e-readers vulnerable to malware? Lounge member Author Miss Mae brings the question to the Other Applications forum and hears about a surprising range of additions that other Lounge members have made to their Kindles and Nooks.

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Tablet users curious about smartphone apps

Windows Secrets reader Repainter saw last week’s Top Story on smartphone apps and wondered whether he could use those same apps on his tablet. He took his question to the Lounge, where he was encouraged to give them a try.

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Continuing ed: VBA programmers like books

Longtime programmers accustomed to one conceptual model for writing code can have difficulty embracing different models.

That’s why Lounge member Dick-Y asked for recommendations for books about VBA object-oriented programming. He’s a COBOL, “verb-oriented” programmer.

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