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.

Upgrade to Windows 8 — or not!

Chris Pirillo is one of the more entertaining technology observers on the Net. In this amusing clip, he discusses the pros and cons of installing Windows 8. If our Windows 8 stories haven’t persuaded you one way or the other, surely Chris’ explaination will.

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Win8 early adopters compare notes in the Lounge

After you successfully download the Windows 8 operating system flavor of your choice, you have still more software adventures on which to embark. To help you concentrate your effort, this week’s Lounge Life focuses on Windows 8 questions.

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When the short answer is ‘probably’

As with other technologies upon which we heavily depend, we prefer unambiguous answers when we’re seeking help to cure troubles in a computer.

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‘Tis the season of unsettling events

Some of us (not saying who) watch televised sports for other-than-sports reasons, such as family peace. Or for the ads.

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Nothing lost in translation after all

This week, a Quicken user in Cornwall ran into frustration trying to restore his Quicken 2004 files after a brief, unsatisfactory experiment with Quicken 2010.

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Trying to make friends at Costco using song

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres sent one of her writers to Costco with an unusual assignment — to make friends with shoppers (on hidden camera). But to make the mission considerably more difficult, Amy could address new acquaintances only with song lyrics.

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Not your ordinary road hazards in Scandanavia

If you sometimes find yourself irked by your commute to work, microblogger Stevan Svartling has chronicled a mythic Monday morning ride of his own to help you keep yours in perspective.

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FTC takes on telephone scareware scammers

Thanks to six lawsuits filed last week by the FTC, there should be fewer bogus tech-support calls for a while.

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Hard news from Pippa the weathergirl

Whatever your opinion about global warming, it’s a topic as ripe for satire as it is for serious discussion.

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Does Microsoft have an ‘official’ Facebook page?

Many businesses, including Microsoft, maintain Facebook pages. As it happens, numerous business units within Microsoft maintain Facebook pages, user-friendly and familiar, now that millions of people know how to “Like” a page and post comments on it.

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