Lounge Life

Trading privacy for really great tools?

When you acquire a new device such as a smartphone, it can force a range of other upgrades on you.

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Questions and more questions when HD fails

When Lounge member IreneLinda’s external hard drive mysteriously began to drop out of action and then back in again, she wrote to the Lounge for advice about diagnostic tools. In due time, she wrote again, asking for recommendations for new external hard drives. The way of all flesh is a rule of digital life, too. More.

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When security requires a conversation

“The data must not be accessible by the administrator” is an intriguing requirement. Lounge member Philjarrah seeks to improve security in a family computer, and keeping data safe from the administrator is one of his aims. It doesn’t take long for his advisors in the Lounge to make some human as well as technical suggestions.

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In case you’d rather be lucky than good

Lounge member jbacinti was perplexed by a friend’s trouble with a local network.

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Hard drive fares badly in dust storm

Under the right — or more accurately, wrong — circumstances, your computer can suffer from storms in your study.

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“Don’t show this update again” is a good option

Many Windows Secrets readers were recently exasperated by a merry-go-round of .NET patches. These were apparently already installed successfully but then presented themselves in the users’ tray, ready to be installed again.

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No joy: Can’t get YouTube videos on his PC

There’s no shortage of entertainment on the Internet — except when you can’t view it on your own machine.

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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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