Lounge Life

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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Service says you’re online when you’re not?

Forum member davy had exited Skype and turned his PC off, but his friends still “saw” him online — according to Skype. Davy wondered why and asked for help from fellow Loungers in the Social Media forum.

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Rethinking passwords and their keepers

When Lounge member DavidToronto aired his reservations about password managers in the Security & Scam forum, he launched a discussion about security that went well beyond how one uses a particular tool.

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Phone calls from knowledgeable strangers

Imagine Lounge member Cmptrgy’s frustration: A friend turned her computer over to phone scammers less than a week after he’d restored her troubled system to a good-as-new state. She wasted $200 and four hours, all because strangers told her they were from Microsoft Technical Support. She was “warned” that she had 30,120 infections — which they could fix.

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