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.

Tools, both plain and fancy, on the Web

Lounge member chambless came to the General Productivity forum looking for a snipping tool. Amid the recommendations that poured in, he found exactly what he was looking for.

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Relatively welcome (and safe) among reptiles

What do a tortoise, an iguana, and a komodo dragon at the National Zoo have in common — other than entirely reptilian brains? They have careful keepers who don’t underrate their intelligence or unpredictability. You might enjoy making these reptiles’ acquaintance — at video distance.

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Fine print: Bigger is not always easier to read

Forum member billrice wants a new and bigger monitor. To make a better-informed decision, he asked for help from Lounge members in the Hardware forum.

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Cat graciously accepts ride from French bulldog

A cat of any appreciable experience can judge within seconds the threat level posed by a puppy. But a young dog often has to work hard to fathom its (low) standing in a canine-feline hierarchy.

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Offering humble opinions about antispyware

Lounge member LesF used to trust Spybot. But with the appearance of error messages and recalcitrant updates, he’s lost faith in it. So he seeks recommendations for a replacement spyware detector in the Other Applications forum.

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Magical piano at Chicago’s Union Station

It can be thrilling to discover musicians or dancers performing in public places — especially when everyone’s stressed by holiday efforts to get somewhere. Travelers through Chicago were recently given the opportunity to be audiences — or performers — of impromptu concerts at Union Station. It was all in service to the holiday spirit.

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Reader favorites: Wacky Web Weeks of 2014

Given that many Windows Secrets have a strong geek factor, it shouldn’t be surprising that the most popular Wacky Web Week showed the technically correct way to cut up a cake. For this special, end-of-year edition of Wacky Web Week, we bring back that video — plus nine more reader favorites from 2014.

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Asked wrong question, got good answers anyway

Lounge member DeadVAIO tells his fellow Loungers in the Windows 7 forum that his wireless keyboard isn’t working. Turns out, it’s not wireless. But he still got valuable assistance.

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Origins of winter holiday traditions

You might be wondering right now why millions of people in the world light candles and give gifts in December. John Green, novelist and historian, brings you up to speed concerning 27 ways we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

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Resigned response: “I’ll get used to it”

After downloading Firefox 34.0.0, Lounge member ldb wondered whether the browser’s search engine might be broken. Posting in the Third-Party Browsers forum, he described the differences between his new and old versions of Firefox.

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