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.

Malware hitches a ride home on a thumb drive

Lounge member WindowsWasher took some files to be printed at a local UPS store and brought back four Trojans from the store on his thumb drive.

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Bringing Richard Parker to the screen

In real and fictional histories of shipwrecks, the name “Richard Parker” figures recurrently. The writer Yann Martel paid homage to the history when he gave that name to his Life of Pi character, the Bengal tiger.

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Read specs, say the experts — even to one another

When a Lounge member saw a deal on a desktop computer at a well-known supplier, he was happy. When he got his computer home, he was a great deal less happy.

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Admirable companions: Two dogs dining

Nono and Sia are uncommonly patient. Although their drinks never appeared, they made no scenes — at least not the sort of commotion a more entitled couple might.

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Lounge members discuss costs of upgrade

When an enthusiastic early adopter pauses to ponder whether he really ought to add Office 2013 to his collection of new toys, he brings his question to the Lounge. Wherein a discussion of licensing terms, business- and home-use subscription models, and the good sense of keeping an older Office ensues.

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Russian crash-cams catch crashing meteor

The world was thunderstruck last week by images of the meteor that had streaked across the Russian sky, blasting windows, injuring or startling bystanders with flying glass, bricks, tea, and pots of flowers — and generally shattering Russians’ usually steely nerves.

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Call it unreliable: your precious hard drive

“I think my HDD is going bad,” says Lounge member Look — which isn’t nearly as grim a statement as “I think my HDD is dead!” It pays to watch, not wait, for failure of your hard drives because you remain vigilant about backing up your data.

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Beautiful gray horse takes up hip-hop

The equestrian sport of dressage is an endeavor few of us would associate with the musical artistry of hip-hop. But as Blue Hors Matiné shows with exceptional flair — as well as the discipline required of dressage horses — a fine artist (horse or human) can do wonders with any form or music.

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Maintaining a computer: The car analogy

The small network of old, underpowered computers at work in a restaurant causes various problems for the owner — and for cmptrgy, the computer-literate friend who tries to rescue them. When cmptrgy describes these troubles in the Lounge, he’s offered both practical advice and philosophical remarks on the nature of maintenance.

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New Year’s resolutions of mysteries

Life in our digital world is much like life in the organic world: you can count on sudden failures, persistent difficulties, and disconcerting discoveries. Windows Secrets readers are never shy about telling us what they think we missed in a story — or what problems they encountered when using our advice.

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