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.

The decline of the PC, measured in DRAM

Blogger Arik Hesseldahl noted in an All Things D post that in the second quarter of 2012, PCs consumed only 49 percent of all DRAM memory chips produced. He took this as signifying the beginning of the end of the PC era.

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Maybe a bit too much miniature craftsmanship?

If you’re a model-train enthusiast, perhaps you know about the miniature world that Hamburg, Germany, has captured and placed on display in its warehouse district.

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Can you come back from a bad website unscathed?

When Lounge member WindowWasher found himself redirected to a site he’d not intended to visit, he backed out of it. He then wondered how to prudently assess the real danger of sites such as the one he’d just visited.

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‘Computer frustration’ is a video genre

When I’m having a miserable episode of computer life, I find it comforting to hear about bad days in other people’s computer lives. It’s not just that misery loves company. It’s also that fellow sufferers have survived to tell the tale.

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Always good advice: Check your settings!

A Lounge member voices a frequent complaint about e-mail messages: incoming e-mail fonts are too small! He simply wants Thunderbird to use a normal font size for incoming mail.

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Shall we dance everywhere with Matt?

For about a decade, video-game developer and world traveler Matt Harding has danced enthusiastically — though not beautifully — in many exotic locations. In this latest of his viral videos, he dances with new friends in 71 places around the world.

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Digital sublimity: Typewriting the iPad

If you haven’t been dumbstruck with wonder lately by what someone will come up with next, here’s a cute little proof of concept: an iTypewriter.

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Java: Conduit for new zero-day attack

In the Security & Backups forum this week, moderator Tinto Tech provides links to reports of a zero-day attack that uses Java to gain entry to machines.

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An argument for best use of credit cards

Most people don’t have enough plastic in their wallets to equip a band the way this band does: every one of its instruments incorporates a credit card (or quite a few of them) as material.

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Do graphics tricks without Photoshop

When members of a high-school class reunited this summer to celebrate their long-ago graduation, they asked one of their classmates to get their senior-year annual online. Lounge member t8ntlikly ran into perplexity reproducing captions and photos that spanned spreads.

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