Lounge Life

Opportunistic scam via new tool: Win10 Upgrade

Lounge member Coochin wrote to the Security &Scams forum to describe scam artistry recently practiced on one of his clients. Coochin’s customer, an elderly man, believed the “Microsoft Support” person who called one day and claimed he could fix infections on the client’s Win7 computer.

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How to learn video editing: starting with tools

Lounge member cosmlou made a wedding video and wants to extract five minutes of audio and video from one DVD and burn it to another. He doesn’t know how to do that, so he asked, in the Graphics/Multimedia forum, what he needs to do and use to accomplish the task.

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Angles on the bootable USB flash drive

Lounge member tb75252 posted in the Other Applications forum, asking how to make a USB flash drive capable of booting a computer. Meanwhile, in the Windows 7 forum, Lounge member nanv asked a similar question, although a little more urgently; her computer didn’t come with a CD.

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Preparing for bad digital-life eventualities

Lounge member Rhinoceros has been thinking about economical ways to recover from a system failure. He’s particularly concerned about recovery when his machine won’t boot.

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Learn something new about an old app

Lounge member naomi inherited an org chart created in Visio but found it partly crippled: boxes moved only horizontally, not on the vertical plane. She asked for suggestions for solving this problem in the Other Apps forum.

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Learning new-to-us facts by accident

Lounge member access-mdb accepted genial ribbing from fellow Loungers in the Third-Party Browsers forum, when he confessed he’d learned a Firefox tab-moving trick by accident. In the ensuing discussion, he learned why he might want to use that feature in future — as did some other Loungers. You might want to see discovery in progress by checking in on that conversation.

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Too darned hot: Computers prefer to keep cool

When a Lounge member wrote to the Hardware forum about his overheating laptop, he set off a flurry of concerned responses.

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Avoiding Windows 10 lurking among updates

Lounge member joro has decided to stick with Windows 8.1 a month or two more, ducking the Win10 upgrade for the time being. But Windows 10 nevertheless stands among the weekly patches, waiting to be downloaded along with the updates he does want.

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Consensus concerning computers chronically on

Whether it’s best to turn a computer off at night or leave it on; it’s a split decision in the General Windows forum.

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Great to have backup from good old computer days

Lounge member LesF’s Task Scheduler in Windows 7 is corrupted, he finds; he wonders what to do about it. His fellow Loungers in the Windows 7 forum offer suggestions, information, and encouragement.

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