Patrick Marshall and Seattle tech users tackle the marvels and frustrations of software, hardware, devices and the online world.


Postby patrickmarshall on Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:25 pm

Welcome to the Plugging In forum!

This forum is dedicated to exploring all things digital, including, of course, computers but also cellphones, digital cameras, MP3 players and just about anything else anyone comes up with. Feel free to ask technical questions – which I will try to answer unless another forum member gets to it first. (Some of these questions and answers may find their way into Saturday’s Q&A column in the print edition.)

But also feel free to discuss the social or cultural side of technologies.

The primary thing to avoid is personal attacks, either on other forum members or on public figures. If you disagree with someone it’s perfectly fine to challenge their argument or view, but comments about their character or other personal qualities are out of bounds. Please make sure to read the Forum Rules message.

The primary goal of this forum is to be a learning experience for us all. If you want to register, so that you can add to the discussion, you’ll first need to register for the forum.

How to register

1. Near the top right, in a light-blue horizontal bar, is a link to "Login". Click that link.
2. This will direct you to the user registration area. You need to fill out the "create a new account" information in the center column.
3. Your user ID can be anything, but it has to be unique.
4. Next step is your Profile. Here you can chose your display name, which is what readers will see when you make a post. You can fill in your name here, but it will not be displayed. Your city and state is required, and it WILL be displayed with your posts. Your phone number is not required. Click the "Update profile" button when done.
5. This should send you automatically back to the forum, and you should be able to make posts once you get the e-mail confirmation (more about that below).

Other tips:

- You will receive an e-mail asking to confirm your e-mail address. Please follow the instructions in that e-mail. If you don't, your registration will be cancelled.
- When you return to the forum, you need to:
1. Be logged into (look for the Log in link in the dark blue bar - if your display name shows there, then you are logged in.)
2. Be logged into the forum (click the log-in link in the light blue bar). Your User ID is the name you chose to be seen on the forum. It is not your computer login or e-mail address.
For problems getting registered, please send an e-mail to If needed, they can walk you through the registration process over the phone.
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Re: Welcome

Postby bigisland on Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:43 am

I'm SO glad to see you available to those of us who find computers and such NOT user-friendly. I've enjoyed your Saturday help column for the last few years, and you've answered two questions for me in the process. I look forward to having this forum available the next time I need technical help, which will likely be real soon :mrgreen:

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Re: Welcome

Postby J_W on Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:53 pm

Dear Patrick,

This new forum, it's about time!!

Just to let you know, unless there is something extraordinary that is in the Front Section and the Sports Section that grabs my immediate attention, your Saturday Q&A column is usually the FIRST thing I read every Saturday morning now. Thanks for all the many helpful tips about the computer. I feel like I have learned a lot from you already.

I like the way you present your thoughts in layman's terms and concepts. I trust and value your opinions whenever you should recommend something because I can tell that you are not secretly peddling for a company that contracts you for pushing their computer products.

I will follow this forum faithfully.
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Re: Welcome

Postby rentoncoug on Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:15 pm

*removed by myself*
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Re: Welcome

Postby patrickmarshall on Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:27 pm

As is specified in the forum rules, the forum isn't to be used for advertising of one's own products, and that includes one's Web sites or blogs. If we allowed such postings the site would be inundated and users would have difficulty communicating with each other.

Yes, there are gray areas. If a user had posted a question about something you've reviewed I would consider it very acceptable for you to provide a link to that review.
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Re: Welcome

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Hello, this is Kathy Jones from Springville, Utah. I am 29 years old. I have completed my graduations from Harvard University at CSE. Now I am working in private company in Springville as web developer. I am very much happy to join here! Thank you
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Re: Welcome

Postby Capn Bob on Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:48 am

Thank you Patrick for making this forum available. I have been a reader and fan of your column in the paper for a long time and this is just icing on the cake. Capn Bob
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