Two new features for Dropbox sharing

Faced with growing competition from Microsoft, Google, and others, Dropbox seems determined to be the king of file synching and sharing. This week, I took one of the new features for a spin; the other, I’m still trying to figure out.

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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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Strolling down a beach — with strandbeests

Dutch artist Theo Jansen has been building animals out of PVC pipe, sails, and other materials since 1990. His beguiling creatures recently attracted crowds to Crane Beach in Massachusetts.

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More on lithium-ion-battery longevity

The highs and lows of Windows 10 patching

Sorting through the changes in Windows licensing

With consumer versions of Windows 10 offered free for the first year, many users have questions about licensing. Windows users have never “owned” the OS they paid for, but Win10 has significantly changed the rules.

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Running Windows 10 Insider Preview under Win10

Despite the formal release of Windows 10, the preview editions continue — now named Windows 10 Insider Preview Program. But at this time, running Win10 Preview in VirtualBox on a Win10 host requires using pre-production versions of the VM application.

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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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Bird-feeder challenge for yet another squirrel

Good thing squirrels don’t preserve their dignity at all costs. More of them would miss meals, and we’d lose out on lots of entertainment. The squirrel in this video seemed destined, at first, to conquer the anti-rodent design features built into the bird-feeder. He’s so agile — until he’s not. Despite the built-in intention to thwart squirrels, however, it seems unlikely that anyone would begrudge this one his consolation scattering of seeds.

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Working around Edge’s teething pains