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.

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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In praise of the now-rare Easter egg

Maybe the recent holiday made them do it, but Lounge members hanging out in the General Productivity forum went hunting for Easter eggs this past week. Some of their find s— of the software kind — are colorful, indeed.

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Some fun — watching a dog watching a dog

Clearly, some people assume the greatest use of an entertainment center is to amuse their pets. And sometimes, we’re entertained by videos of the pets watching videos. Take, for example, this clip of Minny, a little dog who gets lots of exercise while watching another canine hopping high into the air. An enthusiastic viewer, Minny pogo-sticks along with the video activity. The household cat is not amused.

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Patience an elusive virtue among computer users

Lounge member cmptrgy has created a couple of desktop shortcuts for shutting down and restarting the computers he maintains for a nonprofit organization. He wants a message stating that the shutdown shortcut will take fewer than 30 seconds — or, ideally, fewer than than 15 seconds.

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Dr. Jane Goodall: The soul of patience

After a long career keeping a steady eye on wild African chimpanzees — and delivering research that contradicted long-held beliefs about primates — Jane Goodall has no trouble holding her own in an interview with the comedian John Oliver.

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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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