Author Archives: Kathleen Atkins

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.

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.

Advice from fellow travelers on the Internet

A General Windows post started with a question about an ominous “X” and a red line through the https: portion of a Web address. What did it mean? asked Lounge member lumpy95.

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Advanced technology: Waving to the whale

A crew controlling an underwater remotely operated vehicle had their workday brightened by a leviathan swimming into view. Luckily, the crew had cameras rolling.

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What kind of computer does an older woman want?

Lounge member Double Tap is deeply annoyed that the WOW! computer his 90-year-old mother bought can use only an HP inkjet printer. He wrote to the Non-Microsoft OSes forum for advice — he wants to hack the WOW!’s Linux operating system to make it accept a Brother black-and-white laser printer.

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Are programmers training your replacement?

Monday morning, Aiko Chihira began her new job as a greeter at Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi department store. The talented robot (truly not human) can speak and use sign language in Japanese and other languages.

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Technology, terminology — and talk about both

Lounge member RetiredGeek had encouraging news to report in the Networking forum: his newly purchased cable modem was not only going to save him money, but his download speeds were notably faster. Speedily enough, discussion turned to speed-testing tools. Faster still (from across the pond in the U.K.) were nomenclature questions. Do we all understand exactly what “cable modem” means in the U.K. and the U.S.? Is “Mbits” the same as “Mbps”?

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What old people keep saying about young people

If you’re very young, you might be puzzled by the appeal of a sketch called “The Four Yorkshiremen,” first performed in 1967. Comedians of a certain age.

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