Lounge Life

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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Malware removal: Learning the hard way

If your good judgment fails in a fit of holiday exuberance and you end up with malware on your computer, keep the Security & Backups forum in mind. Currently, fellow Lounge members are helping Tiger4 get out of a complete jam.

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Do you mix and match your scanner software?

Possibly you like your image scanner’s hardware just fine.

But you have nothing but criticism for the software that comes with it. What can you do about that?

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Among the browsers: Firefox endangered

In the wild landscape, foxes stay alert not only for their own next
meals but also to avoid becoming a morsel for a bigger set of teeth.

In the tech landscape, Firefox might be endangered because it failed to
follow either of those imperatives — according to growing number of blog
and press reports. You can see one posted by Lounge member Roderunner.

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