Lounge Life

SkyDrive delivers old news after Win8.1 upgrade

A Windows Secrets Lounge member thought his upgrade to Windows 8.1 had gone well. But then he noticed old data in a spreadsheet he kept in SkyDrive.

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Parsing Office 365 requirements: Always online?

Lounge member CWBillow has been offered a deal: Office 365 for U.S. $20 a year through his university. But he worries about what will happen to his productivity in the Office suite if he loses his Internet connection.

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In Outlook, search might be a sometime thing

A Lounge member can’t find what he’s looking for in Outlook 2010 — even after rebuilding its index twice.

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Look for software’s official download site

Lounge member globalist’s experience with the VLC media player began badly — twice. Because it came with so much junkware, he didn’t trust it.

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Measuring the virtues of drive imaging

On a recent afternoon, Lounge member bbearren meddled with his Windows 8 registry and rendered his computer unbootable. Happily, he had a three-day-old, restorable drive image.

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Multilingual spellchecker offers too much help

Lounge member elycett works for an international organization in Canada and corresponds via email in several languages. The Outlook 2013 mail program he recently began using produces spellchecking in every language it encounters in messages, which is not what elycett wants.

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Phone service without a landline: What’s easiest?

When Lounge member Rfarmer’s mother-in-law moves into assisted care, she’ll have Wi-Fi and cell-phone reception but no landline. Unfortunately, learning to use wireless devices previously proved too challenging for her.

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What’s roomy, safe, and cheap in cloud storage?

A Lounge member wants to know who in the cloud to trust with his and his family’s digital files. He’d like a lot of space, he wants an established company offering it, he wants uploads to move smartly — but he’s also minding his budget.

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How safe will Word 2003 be next spring?

Noting that Microsoft intends to end support for Word 2003 in April 2014, Lounge member ila wonders how safe it will be to continue to use it.

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Loungers discuss Google versus privacy

In the Social Media forum, administrator ruirib draws Lounge members’ attention to the brief filed by Google in a class-action suit against the company in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

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