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.

Electricity is hot topic in Hardware forum

When a WS Lounge member ordered a surge protector for his new system, he asked his friends in the Hardware forum what they knew about claims that surge protectors slow Internet speeds.

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Balloons over Londonderry are Sky Orchestra

When artist Luke Jerram arranged for seven hot-air balloons to float over Londonderry, Northern Ireland, at 6:30 in the morning, each was carrying its own sound system.

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Frying can happen any time you blink

Lounge member amcpherson moved his computer from one room to another, then discovered that his keyboard and a mouse had not survived the move.

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When a printer can’t work: Troubleshooting

When a Lounge member couldn’t enable printer sharing, he knew it wasn’t the printer’s fault — the problem was in Vista’s Network and Sharing Center.

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Enjoy July 4 sound and light show technically

Videographer Jeremiah Warren shares DIY instructions for reproducing Fourth of July special effects. But we advise you just to watch him do his thing.

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See whether the dinosaurs come out for QBasic

A Lounge member still uses QBasic. His problem with this program brought out self-described dinosaurs to help him consider it.

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Egyptian statue turns its back on the world

Although a thousand-year-old Egyptian statue had been standing quietly in a glass case in a Manchester, England museum for 80 years, it has lately commanded the attention of almost everyone who watches the news.

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Staying in touch selectively: Any tricks?

A Lounge member asks for advice about a problem that threatens almost everybody with an email account: how to eradicate spam from a compromised email address.

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Regular American mishap: California style

The hail-from place names in this video are Californian — but the situation is all-American, coast to coast.

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Webway robbery: You can lose your domain

Lounge member hobkirk was aghast to learn from GoDaddy that a domain name he’d owned, paid for, and locked had been suddenly transferred to someone else.

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