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.

Windows Secrets readers share their findings

Many Windows Secrets readers are seasoned systems builders, sophisticated tool users, metaphor makers, and generous souls. We often receive thoughtful letters from these readers. Here’s some of the more interesting mail that’s recently arrived in our inbox.

Read More »

He is a walrus of distinction and flair

E.T. might look a little alien up close, but he’s a walrus who talks. He might even be able to say, after some thought, “goo goo g’joob” (quoting from the Beatles’ song lyrics). Or maybe not.

Read More »

Cultural expectations organize our documents

When Lounge member HowardC posted a question about page numbering in the Word Processing forum, it took a couple of rounds before his advisors understood what he was trying to accomplish.

Read More »

In case you need to go on an information diet

If you’ve ever tried to reduce the amount of food you tuck into, you’ll recognize the metaphor that runs through The Information Diet, by Clay A. Johnson.

Read More »

Three inanimate dancers: kite choreography

Ray Bethell is a world-champion, professional kite flyer from Vancouver, British Columbia. He has managed stacks of kites in the air — as many as 39 at a time.

Read More »

Managing your e-mail by understanding it

After Lounge member MauryS migrated an Outlook 2003 mail account to Outlook 2010, he found that the mail folders weren’t stored as he expected. He asked for a refresher course on POP and IMAP.

Read More »

Do Microsoft warning popups really protect you?

Lounge member StickBoy is irked by Windows 7 popups that pause the action when he tries to open files. His exasperation sets off a discussion in the Windows 7 forum regarding the various pros and cons of warning messages.

Read More »

Surrealism revisited: Super Mario Brothers

Here’s an idea: let’s look in on a Web series hosted by PBS Idea Channel’s Mike Rugnetta, who likes to talk about the intersection of modern technology and art.

Read More »

Tech-savvy magician is an artful, honest liar

Magician Marco Tempest used an application he wrote to synchronize videos across the screens of multiple iPods — which he collected from audience members just before showtime — for a TED talk last summer.

Read More »

Not joking: Keep laptop off your lap

Lounge member brencoz first thought he had a wireless mouse problem, then a USB-hub driver problem. He was mystified — his laptop functioned only intermittently, for no apparent reason.

Read More »