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.

Play is still serious for the working dog

When left to their own devices, border collies have no difficulty finding amusements well suited to their considerable talents.

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The increasing importance of backups

Lounge member cmptrgy is so impressed by the current crop of seriously damaging malware, including ransomware such as CryptoLocker, he proposed a master plan against them. Other forum members weighed in; drive imaging is much approved.

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First Thanksgiving reimagined by Wednesday

The character Wednesday Addams, of “Addams Family Values,” manages to wreak havoc on at least two institutions: summer camp and Thanksgiving. In this video, she revises American history, starting with a redo of the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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Websites don’t like old browsers or old settings

A Lounge member’s Win7 machine came with IE 9 installed. Why then, do several websites accuse Saki23’s browser of being outdated — and refuse to display their pages?

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Hardly anyone more cooperative than a hungry dog

Witness the evident canine interest in a Rube Goldberg contraption that leads to both food and a dog’s favorite toy — the tennis ball.

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In Windows 8.1, you don’t sign out of Skype

A Lounge member used Skype before he upgraded to Windows 8.1. After the upgrade, he was locked out of Skype.

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Athletic competition — among Danish bunnies

The long-eared track-and-field champions performing in this video are, in all probability, unfamiliar to you.

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SkyDrive delivers old news after Win8.1 upgrade

A Windows Secrets Lounge member thought his upgrade to Windows 8.1 had gone well. But then he noticed old data in a spreadsheet he kept in SkyDrive.

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Broadway Bombers skate through NYPD blockade

New York’s famed Broadway is one of the city’s oldest streets. Well known for its shops, shows, eateries, and hundreds of yellow taxis, it has recently become the site for a highly unofficial, annual skateboarders’ race, the Broadway Bomb.

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Parsing Office 365 requirements: Always online?

Lounge member CWBillow has been offered a deal: Office 365 for U.S. $20 a year through his university. But he worries about what will happen to his productivity in the Office suite if he loses his Internet connection.

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