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.

How to protect nonprofit tools from volunteers

A lot of good work happens at nonprofit organizations. Unfortunately, a lot of computer mayhem can be caused by insufficiently savvy users. Lounge member cmptrgy asks in the Maintenance forum for tips on limiting the damage to computers in his charge, including how to prevent irresponsible downloads.

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Be yourself but better: Guide to Burning Man

It’s time to finish your art car for Burning Man (this year: Aug. 26–Sept. 2), the annual festival of radical self-reliance in the Black Rock desert. When you arrive, you’ll be in Nevada’s second-biggest city — for a week, and then it vanishes utterly and leaves the desert as it was.

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Electricity is hot topic in Hardware forum

When a WS Lounge member ordered a surge protector for his new system, he asked his friends in the Hardware forum what they knew about claims that surge protectors slow Internet speeds.

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Balloons over Londonderry are Sky Orchestra

When artist Luke Jerram arranged for seven hot-air balloons to float over Londonderry, Northern Ireland, at 6:30 in the morning, each was carrying its own sound system.

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Frying can happen any time you blink

Lounge member amcpherson moved his computer from one room to another, then discovered that his keyboard and a mouse had not survived the move.

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When a printer can’t work: Troubleshooting

When a Lounge member couldn’t enable printer sharing, he knew it wasn’t the printer’s fault — the problem was in Vista’s Network and Sharing Center.

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Enjoy July 4 sound and light show technically

Videographer Jeremiah Warren shares DIY instructions for reproducing Fourth of July special effects. But we advise you just to watch him do his thing.

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See whether the dinosaurs come out for QBasic

A Lounge member still uses QBasic. His problem with this program brought out self-described dinosaurs to help him consider it.

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Egyptian statue turns its back on the world

Although a thousand-year-old Egyptian statue had been standing quietly in a glass case in a Manchester, England museum for 80 years, it has lately commanded the attention of almost everyone who watches the news.

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Staying in touch selectively: Any tricks?

A Lounge member asks for advice about a problem that threatens almost everybody with an email account: how to eradicate spam from a compromised email address.

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