Lounge Life

Favorite software of the image-editing crowd

Lounge member jsachs177 knows exactly what he hopes to find in an image-editing program. So he made a list of his wishes and posted it in the Graphics/Multimedia forum. Happily, fellow Loungers provided helpful — and well-reasoned — recommendations.

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The ‘try something else’ solution for Hotmail

When Lounge member oldn advised his wife to sort her Hotmail messages into folders to make them easier to find, she did. But after she made her messages easier to see, she couldn’t move them on her own laptop.

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Confusion about latest Windows security update

When Lounge member compiler sought help in the Security & Scams forum concerning recent Security update KB 2964358, he wasn’t the only person failing to understand conditions and prerequisites for the download.

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Making a list: Counting virtues of Windows 8

If Windows 8 were a kid, it might feel picked on ever since first setting foot on the playground. But based on discussion begun by Lounge member Prescott in the Windows 8 forum, you might gather that the playground is growing a little friendlier (Windows 8 runs fast, people admit), however grudgingly. Others allow that Windows 8 has grown more attractive in other respects, too.

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New tools, new features: Getting to know them

An upgrade in one technology often forces upgrades of others. Lounge member PamS reaffirmed this truth when she explained how she came to be using NotePad++ as her new text editor.

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Times-have-changed department: Marital chat

Lounge member donny wants to talk to his wife. He wants to talk to his wife while he’s downstairs and she’s upstairs. He wants instant messaging to work between two computers in the same house, using the same router.

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Simplifying life: How to have email, sans PC?

Writing on behalf of two colleagues, Lounge member klxdrt asked members in the General Productivity forum for some advice: How to send and receive email without using a personal computer? “Don’t laugh,” he said — because his coworkers were serious.

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All’s well one day; can’t load browsers the next

Veteran Lounge member KenWA keeps tight security on his well-equipped Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit system. Nevertheless, he found himself with a seemingly impossible problem: one recent morning, he couldn’t load any of his browsers.

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Evaluating ISP’s security recommendations

Lounge member Not Brightest Bulb wondered about the motives of his new ISP, Frontier, when it sent an email advising him to upgrade his email security settings. He hates scare messages. What kind of outfit is Frontier, anyway?

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When your ISP server is blacklisted

Lounge member Compiler uses Thunderbird email on two computers. Mail sent from one machine made it to a recipient; mail on the other didn’t. “Why?” Compiler wondered in the Non-Outlook email forum.

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