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.

Ice cubes bigger than chunks of Manhattan

In May 2008, filmmakers were on hand to witness a calving event in western Greenland — the largest ever recorded on video.

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Software updates: For more than new tricks

When capehartjd downloaded some videos using iTunes, he thought he should be able to view them using iTunes, too. But they were unwatchable.

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Dog and human entertained by machine

Here’s a happy alignment of aims: an engineer’s desire to take a new approach to a common task and a dog’s irrepressible need to chase a ball.

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Seal pup works hard at relaxing on surfboard

A young seal can see it’s possible to balance on a surfboard — after all, at various moments two or three seals are already up there.

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What’s better than an external hard drive?

Lounge member moon1130 needs a big external hard drive and came to the Lounge for recommendations.

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Old dance steps meet new(er) mambo music!

Laurel and Hardy never danced to Santana’s version of “Oye Como Va” in their movies — nor in their lifetimes, given that Santana produced its rendition of the song five years after Stan Laurel died. But thanks to skillful editing, we can imagine how the two comedians would have danced to “Oye Como Va” on the set of “Way Out West.”

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Malware hitches a ride home on a thumb drive

Lounge member WindowsWasher took some files to be printed at a local UPS store and brought back four Trojans from the store on his thumb drive.

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Bringing Richard Parker to the screen

In real and fictional histories of shipwrecks, the name “Richard Parker” figures recurrently. The writer Yann Martel paid homage to the history when he gave that name to his Life of Pi character, the Bengal tiger.

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Read specs, say the experts — even to one another

When a Lounge member saw a deal on a desktop computer at a well-known supplier, he was happy. When he got his computer home, he was a great deal less happy.

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Admirable companions: Two dogs dining

Nono and Sia are uncommonly patient. Although their drinks never appeared, they made no scenes — at least not the sort of commotion a more entitled couple might.

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