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.

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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Facebook is almost everywhere: you might be, too

This month, all Windows Secrets subscribers can download Chapter 13: “Playing It Safe: Facebook Privacy.”

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Artists with paint cans strive for glory, too

Athletes from everywhere weren’t the only competitors who got on planes and flew to London this summer. So did a few graffiti artists from Zurich, Switzerland.

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New malware claims it’s the FBI, shuts you down

A post by RetiredGeek in the Security & Backups forum alerts computer users to a report of a new scam claiming the FBI has shut down your machine.

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World Order shows us “Machine Civilization”

World Order is a band and dance troupe formed by the retired Japanese mixed-martial artist, Genki Sudo. In this video, World Order comes to streets and monuments of Mexico, which induces a number of passersby to pause and photograph the event. Play the video

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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