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.

Maintaining a computer: The car analogy

The small network of old, underpowered computers at work in a restaurant causes various problems for the owner — and for cmptrgy, the computer-literate friend who tries to rescue them. When cmptrgy describes these troubles in the Lounge, he’s offered both practical advice and philosophical remarks on the nature of maintenance.

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New Year’s resolutions of mysteries

Life in our digital world is much like life in the organic world: you can count on sudden failures, persistent difficulties, and disconcerting discoveries. Windows Secrets readers are never shy about telling us what they think we missed in a story — or what problems they encountered when using our advice.

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Football people say the strangest things

This past Sunday, millions of people parked themselves on their sofas to swill beer, down chips, and nibble chicken wings — oh, and watch the Super Bowl!

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Pursuit of high-risk happiness via surfboard

Some people, not naturally endowed with feathers or fins, go to a lot of trouble for their flying-over-water fun. Among these are the contestants in the Mavericks Invitational big-wave surfing competition, where the waves can loom 100 feet high.

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As if paying taxes weren’t hard enough

Sometimes your software makes your tax-paying ordeal even mightier. Lounge member hodget’s first obstacle to completing his tax preparation was upgrading TurboTax.

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Eight bits of animal lore — contradicted

What do lemmings, daddy longlegs, ostriches, baby birds, goldfish, dogs, bats, and frogs have in common? They all are victims of widely shared misconceptions professed by millions of human beings.

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Don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

It should be no surprise to learn that people love some fonts and hate others. Oddly, it turns out that people can be just as particular about their screen cursors.

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How to understand your best friends

Dogs and cats have their partisans and their detractors, for qualities fulsomely illustrated in the video you’re about to see. In case you’ve never lived with a dog or cat, the use of human characters might prove helpful

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Restoring Remote Desktop from afar

Holidays can distract the mind in good ways and bad. When it’s the latter, any ensuing trouble can be prolonged while everyone is away for the holidays. That’s what happened to Lounge member LosFeliz when he disabled Remote Desktop in order to work undisturbed on his servers.

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Real law applies to you et al. at Facebook

When it comes to the ownership of content posted on Facebook, most users are either misinformed or completely unaware. A few are simply self-deluded.

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