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.

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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IE version change wrecks Google Maps?

When a feature suddenly changes for the worse — or disappears from your machine entirely — it’s natural to wonder what you might have done to cause the unwelcome event.

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‘Situation threatens to become catastrophic’

We seldom get an opportunity to bring you comedy about the publishing industry — some people would say that’s only right because the publishing industry is seldom funny. Still, recognizing that humor can come from astonishing places, we’re pleased to bring you a video from HBO comic John Oliver, who explains the increasingly difficult relationship of advertising and the news.

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How to avoid overreacting to threat detection

As Lounge members discussed Malwarebytes’ good showing in malware-removal tests, talk gradually turned to the problem of false positives.

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Science suggests better way to slice cake

If you’ve not yet seen a persuasive demonstration of the virtue of scientific principle applied to conventional life, this video is for you.

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Approach with caution: Preparing to update

Lounge member compiler was receiving nudges to update his Internet Explorer browser from 9 (with which he was happy) to 11. He was uneasy about the switch.

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In a canine universe, meet St. Jumpy

If patience were the qualifying attribute of sainthood, Jumpy wouldn’t need to wait another minute to be canonized. But Jumpy possesses many other sterling qualities.

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When your needs don’t change but software does

Lounge member Bender serves as administrator of a neighborhood watch group. Among other tasks, he manages their communication system. He’s dismayed by the reduction of group services in Microsoft OneDrive, which he previously used to broadcast messages and alerts to his neighbors.

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Live in World Cup culture every day

This video shows you how to incorporate World Cup soccer behavior into your ordinary life. Wherever you are, whatever the interaction, you can engage with flair.

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