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.

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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When to leave well enough alone in computerland

Lounge member rstew has been busy upgrading his system — so successfully, he’s developed the ambition to do likewise on another machine. He wants to replace his Vista 32-bit operating system with Windows 7 64-bit OS on a Gateway rig.

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Everyone’s here (more or less) for the meeting

Meetings are always hazardous — sometimes in a funny way. No matter how mannerly a group of people might be, personalities are on display and mishaps occur.

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What the mouse did and why it did it

But before consigning an errant mouse to a decent burial, Lounge member cmptrgy wanted to be sure it was dead, and not merely answering to careless, unintended reconfiguring inflicted by its owner.

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Extreme testing of a well-made machine

When fireworks go up in the air and explode, they’re supposed to do that spectacularly. When a washing machine runs, it’s supposed to do so quietly and competently for 30 or so years. No messes.

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