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.

Hot-shop hotshots entertain museum visitors

The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, has a glass-blowing studio equipped with theater seating on site. Almost any day, you can watch a talented crew of glass blowers making art in the museum.

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Your mother might fix your computer

When Lounge member RverDick wrote to the Hardware forum about his laptop’s over-sensitive touch pad, he received perfectly sensible advice.

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Grand old machine on duty since Jazz Age

Luckily for Seattle silent-film and music enthusiasts, the local Paramount Theater has held on to its mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ, first installed in 1927. Through those many years, the theater has kept the organ operating and in tune — no minor feat, given its size and complexity.

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The afterlife of Blue Screen of Death events

When Lounge member vanillaflavour asked the Loungers in the Windows 7 forum for help regarding his random BSODs, he received precise advice on what evidence to collect. It helped. But even as vanillaflavour seems to have a fix in place, uncertainty lingers.

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Discovering new talent at Costco’s Pump 16

Sometimes the best entertainers are just regular folks, as the Tonight Show’s Pumpcast News team discovered at a gas station in Burbank, California.

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Shared knowledge saves time and sanity

Many Word users are specialists in one discipline or another — such as the law — and they tailor templates and auto-correct tools in their word-processing programs accordingly.

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Rising and falling by diverse means: mimed

Michael Menes is a one-man variety show. He’s a juggler, mime, and physical comedian of exceptional skill, as you’ll see in this video.

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‘Illegitimis non carborundum’ applies to tablet

When you visit the Lounge, you’re apt to find the information you’re searching for, such as how to deal with a possibly flaky Nexus 7.

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Here comes the sun: Beach-blanket Seattle

We at Windows Secrets are not born-and-bred natives of Seattle, but we know our city. So we can attest to the truthfulness of this sly video.

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One way to catch your own mistake: Describe it

You might not be surprised by the number of times Lounge members figure out what’s wrong with a spreadsheet or database almost all by themselves. Jacksonmacd provided a case in point.

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