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.

When your problem turns out to be a known issue

Lounge member (and student) bassfisher6522 signed up for the free educational version of Office 365. All was well until one afternoon when Outlook informed him he needed to reactivate his account.

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Slightly skewed — but true — American history

There are many myths about Thanksgiving. John Green, novelist, historian, and video blogger, undertakes to set the holiday in its true context.

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Tool to prevent one problem can cause another

Lounge member EWek11 is baffled by a Windows Group Policy error message that arises in response to the Google Picasa updater.

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Puff, the lion-hearted rooster, rules

Meet Puff, the fancy rooster, and Blacko, the chicken-hearted cat.

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Diagnosis: It just might take a village

Lounge member ggmcbreen, a graphics designer, relies heavily on graphics properties of certain tools such as thumbnails, which suddenly were not showing up in her folders. Instead, she saw mainly blank icons.

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Canadian bear cub takes an interest in golf

On a British Columbian golf course, a foursome of bears — a mama with three cubs — preceded the human visitors to the green. One of the cubs took a particular liking to the pin flag.

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What’s often in too big a hurry to be right?

Lounge member MartinM was frustrated by Word’s tendency to supply the entire current date every time he typed “2014.”

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Remembering one of the wackiest guys on radio

The tributes are piling up — on the radio, the Internet, and every other place that’s heard of Car Talk and Tom Magliozzi. The elder of Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, passed away this week. But we still have his brother Ray and decades of archived (we mean “old”) Car Talk.

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Applying a program to different circumstances

Lounge member saleve volunteers for an NGO that has a really old computer system running XP and Access 2003. He has Access 2010 and wonders how to adapt the database he’d created for the organization so it works with Access 2003.

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At work with your feline colleagues

Nothing makes a greater flurry in a home office than a cat — unless you happen to have two cat companions.

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