Maintaining a computer: The car analogy

Kathleen Atkins

The small network of old, underpowered computers at work in a restaurant causes various problems for the owner — and for cmptrgy,the computer-literate friend who tries to rescue them.

When cmptrgy describes these troubles in the Lounge, he’s offered both practical advice and philosophical remarks on the nature of maintenance. Do you take care of your computer as well as you take care of your car — or as badly? Join the discussion.

The following links are this week’s most interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions for which you might have answers:

Office Applications    
General Productivity Why is Office 2013’s color scheme so bland?
Word Processing Clear radio buttons in Word 2007
Spreadsheets Need to change lines in Excel 2010 chart
Databases Access 2010 alignment quirk?
Presentation Apps PowerPoint: Hide selected objects from printout?
Visual Basic for Apps VBA GetPivotData for variable number of rows
Microsoft Outlook Receive mail from three email IDs in one inbox?
Non-Outlook E-mail How to stop spam?
General Windows Choosing between Windows 7 and Windows 8
Windows 8 MS account vs. local account when updating from Win7 to Win8
Windows 7 External monitor attached to laptop: must resolutions match?
  New Win7 user has some questions
  Windows 7 goes to signout screen after 60 seconds
Windows Vista New to Lounge; need help with Windows Update
Windows XP Multiple issues on XP/CE computers
Windows Servers How to set up domain controller and IP addresses?
Internet Explorer So many popups; how to block them?
Third-Party Browsers Project Gutenberg problem: Can’t go to pages for individual books
Networking UPnP networking flaw puts millions of PCs at risk
Social Media Google Sync question
Software Development
Web Design & Development Changing nameservers at GoDaddy?
Other Technologies
Security & Scams How to stop files from phoning home?
Maintenance Running Epiphany and having trouble with portable HD
Hardware Make Windows access hard drive again?
Graphics/Multimedia Taming iTunes in Windows
Other Applications Revo Uninstaller not backing up registry keys

starred posts: particularly useful

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Kathleen Atkins

About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.