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.

iPhone photos to PC in two languages

When Lounge member Treiber posted his question about moving photos from his phone to his PC, he wrote in French. Happily, he received an answer in his own language, plus a short guide to translation tools on the Internet.

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Will the Scots ever be truly understood?

The Scotsmen in this video have a modest ambition: they want to get to a building’s 11th floor via an elevator equipped with voice-recognition technology.

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Mysteries never cease: “Magic” fixes

Forum member Oldtechie was mystified by the divergent behavior of Yahoo Mail in IE 11 on two different machines — one a desktop and the other a laptop.

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Technology advances: How to read a bookbook

Just so you know, Windows Secrets is not endorsing Ikea products — other than one of its ads, a delicious parody of an Apple-style advertising campaign.

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Mother-son divide over Windows memory management

Lounge member OS2_87_Dinosaur thinks her clever, computer-building son doesn’t know enough about operating systems and other software. She gave him advice (as parents are wont to do) concerning his system’s Windows pagefile — and then she worried that her old-school view might be wrong.

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A lawfully countercultural town in the desert

Although transportation via two feet or two wheels is strongly preferred, Mutant Vehicles are permitted in Black Rock City — the famous desert city that arises and decamps for the annual, week-long Burning Man celebration. But they must be licensed by the Black Rock Department of Mutant Vehicles.

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Application code lessons and tool use

Good coaches are good teachers, as Lounge member JeanM must have discovered when she ran into trouble creating code for an Excel form.

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Catch me if you can — or go away

In this episode of an ancient tale we might call (and like to believe is true), “Primates are masters of the universe,” a gibbon drives two young tigers from his forest kingdom. When two tiger brothers appear not to recognize gibbon territory, one bold monkey takes them on, using tactics worthy of Shakespearean clown comedy or the Three Stooges.

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Researching maintenance questions in advance

To help a friend improve her computer-mantenance regime, Lounge member KritzX prepared by posting a list of questions to the Maintenance forum.

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Photographic monkey business: Who’s the artist?

Among the most irksome challenges for successful photographers is protecting their copyrighted work. In a recent case, a photographer’s apparent rival for his copyright happens to be an enterprising — and extremely photogenic — crested black macaque living on an Indonesian island.

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