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.

Confusion about latest Windows security update

When Lounge member compiler sought help in the Security & Scams forum concerning recent Security update KB 2964358, he wasn’t the only person failing to understand conditions and prerequisites for the download.

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Why did the crow slide down the window?

Why did the crow roll down the conveniently located slope (provided by a snow-covered parked car)? Before you start thinking about “why the chicken crossed the road” jokes to account for the actions of a crow, you might ponder any encounters you’ve had with these intelligent birds.

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Making a list: Counting virtues of Windows 8

If Windows 8 were a kid, it might feel picked on ever since first setting foot on the playground. But based on discussion begun by Lounge member Prescott in the Windows 8 forum, you might gather that the playground is growing a little friendlier (Windows 8 runs fast, people admit), however grudgingly. Others allow that Windows 8 has grown more attractive in other respects, too.

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People in the sky in diamond formation

If you plan to remember an event by living through it, jumping out of an airplane isn’t something you do on impulse. In the fall of 2012, 100 experienced skydivers from 21 countries briefly floated in formation over Perris, California — and by doing so, they set a 100-way, wingsuit world record.

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New tools, new features: Getting to know them

An upgrade in one technology often forces upgrades of others. Lounge member PamS reaffirmed this truth when she explained how she came to be using NotePad++ as her new text editor.

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Natural events when we’re not on the scene

One of the best inventions of all time is the camera. Alberta Parks rangers set up a camera in a spot popular with bears and other creatures.

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Times-have-changed department: Marital chat

Lounge member donny wants to talk to his wife. He wants to talk to his wife while he’s downstairs and she’s upstairs. He wants instant messaging to work between two computers in the same house, using the same router.

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Playing with winter snow — in August

A good many people in the northern hemisphere are happy about cherry trees, tulips, daffodils, magnolias, fritillarias — you name it — in bloom. Lengthening April days and more sun switch on giddy moods for northerners.

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Simplifying life: How to have email, sans PC?

Writing on behalf of two colleagues, Lounge member klxdrt asked members in the General Productivity forum for some advice: How to send and receive email without using a personal computer? “Don’t laugh,” he said — because his coworkers were serious.

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“Please don’t watch this movie on your phone”

Perhaps you haven’t seen an honest movie trailer lately — or ever. We recommend this one, for “Gravity.” If you haven’t seen the movie already and rigorously avoid spoilers, we’re sorry — you’re about to see four wry minutes of unpreserved secrets.

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