Lounge Life

Superfish has been around longer than you think

Lounge member Jagworld wonders about the notorious Superfish, recently in the news because it was factory-installed on Lenovo computers. He found it in his Windows Registry — and he doesn’t have a Lenovo.

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Searching for less-is-more software

Lounge member gsmith-plm is a semi-retired computer guy and wants a less baroque set of tools than Office to suit his streamlined intentions. “Any hope,” he asks his fellow Loungers in the General Productivity forum, that we’ll “ever see a simple word processor and spread sheet that will work with Office documents?”

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Getting informed about cloud storage

Lounge member georgelee needs more storage for photos and is looking for information on cloud storage — info mostly about OneDrive. Like almost all software and technical services, cloud-storage capacities and costs are evolving rapidly. It’s a topic ripe for discussion.

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How Cortana gets to know you, step by step

Lounge member handcuff36 was bemused by the apparent activity of Cortana, who wasn’t supposed to be working yet in Montreal.

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Living a useful life making mistakes

When you reformat the wrong hard drive and erase nearly 2TB of your own data, it’s remarkably generous to mention to anyone what software you used to recover from your giant error. Sadder but wiser Lounge member CLiNT kindly offered a review of the recovery software he used. You might find the information extremely useful — you just never know when.

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Tools, both plain and fancy, on the Web

Lounge member chambless came to the General Productivity forum looking for a snipping tool. Amid the recommendations that poured in, he found exactly what he was looking for.

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Fine print: Bigger is not always easier to read

Forum member billrice wants a new and bigger monitor. To make a better-informed decision, he asked for help from Lounge members in the Hardware forum.

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Offering humble opinions about antispyware

Lounge member LesF used to trust Spybot. But with the appearance of error messages and recalcitrant updates, he’s lost faith in it. So he seeks recommendations for a replacement spyware detector in the Other Applications forum.

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Asked wrong question, got good answers anyway

Lounge member DeadVAIO tells his fellow Loungers in the Windows 7 forum that his wireless keyboard isn’t working. Turns out, it’s not wireless. But he still got valuable assistance.

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Resigned response: “I’ll get used to it”

After downloading Firefox 34.0.0, Lounge member ldb wondered whether the browser’s search engine might be broken. Posting in the Third-Party Browsers forum, he described the differences between his new and old versions of Firefox.

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