Lounge Life

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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Quick and flawless upgrade or a different kind?

Lounge member Drew1903 began a jaunty new thread this week in the Windows 10 forum, reporting his good experience upgrading from Win8.1 to Windows 10. >And he was pretty certain he wasn’t alone in happy circumstances; he said that he’d heard “there were 63 million upgrades in 72 hours, averaging 250 installs per second — 14 million on the first day.”

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Detecting DISM-tool corruption takes patience

As anyone who uses tools for work knows, sometimes the tools themselves demand attention. Forum member bbearren reported such an interlude recently in the Maintenance forum.

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No shortage of morals to software stories

Lounge member petesmst uses the system management tool Belarc and was recently disturbed to see it displaying the wrong product keys for most of his software. The situation wasn’t catastrophic: he still possessed the original and correct product keys, so he wasn’t facing a tool failure or misinformation.

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Hardware trouble: Process of elimination

Lounge member Slorm’s PC is suddenly shutting down intermittently. He wasn’t seeing definitive clues in his Events reports, but a message from his motherboard mentioned something about power surges.

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