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.

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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Hot-shop hotshots entertain museum visitors

The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, has a glass-blowing studio equipped with theater seating on site. Almost any day, you can watch a talented crew of glass blowers making art in the museum.

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Your mother might fix your computer

When Lounge member RverDick wrote to the Hardware forum about his laptop’s over-sensitive touch pad, he received perfectly sensible advice.

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Grand old machine on duty since Jazz Age

Luckily for Seattle silent-film and music enthusiasts, the local Paramount Theater has held on to its mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ, first installed in 1927. Through those many years, the theater has kept the organ operating and in tune — no minor feat, given its size and complexity.

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The afterlife of Blue Screen of Death events

When Lounge member vanillaflavour asked the Loungers in the Windows 7 forum for help regarding his random BSODs, he received precise advice on what evidence to collect. It helped. But even as vanillaflavour seems to have a fix in place, uncertainty lingers.

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Discovering new talent at Costco’s Pump 16

Sometimes the best entertainers are just regular folks, as the Tonight Show’s Pumpcast News team discovered at a gas station in Burbank, California.

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Shared knowledge saves time and sanity

Many Word users are specialists in one discipline or another — such as the law — and they tailor templates and auto-correct tools in their word-processing programs accordingly.

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