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.

Keeping tools of the always-changing trade

Because Lounge member mrjimphelps couldn’t get online recently, he was forced into an investigation of causes. He discovered quickly enough that not one of his USB devices was working.

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In case you need encouragement to have fun

We were distracted last week — by work, I think — from the important rites of St. Patrick’s Day. But we intend to make amends this week. We offer for your viewing pleasure Roy, a herding dog who is a legend in Gloucestershire and who might, naturally hustle any group of sheepish friends into a pub for a few pints of beer.

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Updates can cause as well as fix trouble

When Lounge member IreneLinda posted in the Graphics/Multimedia forum about Windows Live Movie Maker’s frequent crashes, she was frustrated.

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Brisbane musician is a one-man cover band

Sometimes imitation becomes a new form of art. Such might be the case with Australian performer Tom Thum — a beat-boxer of extraordinary talent. Tom makes music (often percussive) and other noises with just his mouth and a microphone. He persuasively mimics musical stylists as diverse as a didgeridoo instrumentalist and Michael Jackson.

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Record-keeping macro seems fun for volunteers

Time-trackers are important tools in many workplaces, and their users expect accuracy and often want a full set of features. But for all the finicky requirements presented by Lounge member CHE to improve a time-tracking tool, the Excel forum members cheerfully offered the necessary solutions and many extras.

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Don’t underestimate your corvid neighbors

Many life-changing relationships begin by chance, as is the case with eight-year-old Gabi and her Seattle crow neighbors.

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Linux inspires readers to share their thoughts

Following publication of the Feb. 19 Top Story about Linux, we received numerous unequivocal opinions from Windows Secrets readers both about the operating system and our coverage of a non-Windows OS. More letters welcomed our Linux coverage than not, although one or two of the latter are too profane to print.

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Swarms of locusts: Junkware on the Internet

When Lounge member beiland had some work done on his computer, the shop installed IObit Uninstaller. Inevitably, beiland had occasion to test his new uninstaller.

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R.I.P. L. Nimoy, the human heart of Mr. Spock

What better way to wonder at the strangeness of humanity than along with Spock, the puzzled logician of Star Trek?

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Superfish has been around longer than you think

Lounge member Jagworld wonders about the notorious Superfish, recently in the news because it was factory-installed on Lenovo computers. He found it in his Windows Registry — and he doesn’t have a Lenovo.

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