Upgrading Windows: An ever-more-complex decision

Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10122 gives a clear image of where Windows is going. But do we want to follow? Also: Finding a quick solution to Firefox synching issues and a useful discussion about machine names on the ShieldsUp! site.

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Learning to use Visual Basic for Applications

Lounge member ADAMESKI wants to streamline the repetitive process of filling out forms at work. He thinks a couple of VBA commands show potential, but he’s unable to make them work.

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Elephant fixes her water-pressure problem

In the midst of bathing, Faa Sai, the elephant, decided to adjust her personal sprinkler. Her plumbing techniques might not work for everyone, but they were certainly effective for her.

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How to secure network-attached drives and data

Knocking off a Godzilla-size list of updates

Win10 build 10122: Two steps forward, one back

May’s Win10 build 10122 release is a bit shaky, but many of its new features are coming into sharper focus. Improvements include a more functional Edge browser, a cleaner start menu, a much improved Tablet Mode — and even the return of an optional Win7-style backup/restore.

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Off-the-record discussions about technology

Get a group of techies together, and there’s bound to be some interesting discussions — such as how to revive old technology. Also: A handy tool for discovering local IP addresses, and another unscheduled batch of updates from Microsoft.

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Changing our ways with our many credentials

Lounge member Photorer stores almost all his Internet usernames and passwords (295 of them) in his principal browser — Google Chrome. He’d like a recommendation for a program that will let him export all these credentials to a colleague.

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Do you want an app for the time of day?

Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter had some fun recently at Apple’s expense, as they quizzed Siri about the time of day via Andy’s new Apple Watch. As everybody knows, Apple doesn’t make mistakes. So you can watch this video for the wry pleasure of two comedians’ take on technology — and on our sometimes misplaced expectations. How many times have you said: “Gee, I must be doing something wrong.” Click below or go to the original YouTube video. Post your thoughts about this story in the WS Columns forum.


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Windows 8 upgrade error locks user’s files