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.

Times-have-changed department: Marital chat

Lounge member donny wants to talk to his wife. He wants to talk to his wife while he’s downstairs and she’s upstairs. He wants instant messaging to work between two computers in the same house, using the same router.

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Playing with winter snow — in August

A good many people in the northern hemisphere are happy about cherry trees, tulips, daffodils, magnolias, fritillarias — you name it — in bloom. Lengthening April days and more sun switch on giddy moods for northerners.

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Simplifying life: How to have email, sans PC?

Writing on behalf of two colleagues, Lounge member klxdrt asked members in the General Productivity forum for some advice: How to send and receive email without using a personal computer? “Don’t laugh,” he said — because his coworkers were serious.

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“Please don’t watch this movie on your phone”

Perhaps you haven’t seen an honest movie trailer lately — or ever. We recommend this one, for “Gravity.” If you haven’t seen the movie already and rigorously avoid spoilers, we’re sorry — you’re about to see four wry minutes of unpreserved secrets.

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All’s well one day; can’t load browsers the next

Veteran Lounge member KenWA keeps tight security on his well-equipped Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit system. Nevertheless, he found himself with a seemingly impossible problem: one recent morning, he couldn’t load any of his browsers.

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Department of odd couples: Man and goose

Four years ago, in southern California, a retired salesman became acquainted with — and then devotedly befriended by — a goose. Complications arose, but the cross-species friendship persisted.

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Evaluating ISP’s security recommendations

Lounge member Not Brightest Bulb wondered about the motives of his new ISP, Frontier, when it sent an email advising him to upgrade his email security settings. He hates scare messages. What kind of outfit is Frontier, anyway?

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Don’t have to be batty to like bat babies

The Australian Bat Clinic and Wildlife Trauma Centre in southeast Queensland, Australia, stays busy most of the year rescuing orphaned and injured bats. Most people hope never to encounter the spooky creatures, but Trish Wimberley, who looks after hundreds of baby bats year after year, can carry armloads of them at feeding time.

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When your ISP server is blacklisted

Lounge member Compiler uses Thunderbird email on two computers. Mail sent from one machine made it to a recipient; mail on the other didn’t. “Why?” Compiler wondered in the Non-Outlook email forum.

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Canine joyfully breaks household rules

Many dog people suspect that their canine companions indulge in forbidden impulses when left unsupervised. Sometimes those suspicions are based on bits of evidence — such as misplaced pillows and wrinkled bed covers — people find when they return home from work. This dog’s human must have surmised that something was going on behind her back. She set up a monitoring camera trained on the bed the dog was not supposed to occupy.

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