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.

Extreme choreography for the birds

The sight of male birds strutting in their gaudy mating-season plumage makes even Saturday Night Fever look rather dull. It might just inspire you to find music to suit the mood, as this videographer was.

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Blossom Time parade: Everyone wants to have fun

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is a two-parade town on Memorial Day weekend. The high-school marching band, pipe bands, Scouts, and dignitaries show up at both Ԃ and a sixth-grader recites the Gettysburg Address in front of the assembled townspeople on the ceremonial Monday.

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Neuroscience is a perpetually emerging science, and it’s not surprising that it’s a hot topic in publishing. Science and technology writer Matthew MacDonald has branched out from his more-usual subjects, Visual Basic and .NET, to write Your Brain: the Missing Manual.

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Hard drive fares badly in dust storm

Under the right — or more accurately, wrong — circumstances, your computer can suffer from storms in your study.

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“Don’t show this update again” is a good option

Many Windows Secrets readers were recently exasperated by a merry-go-round of .NET patches. These were apparently already installed successfully but then presented themselves in the users’ tray, ready to be installed again.

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Dancing in the street for health and good times

TV reporter Ben Aaron has found his happiest fitness routine yet — on the streets of New York City.

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Beautiful, strange, and highly disciplined

Since it was founded in Montreal in 1984 by Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier, Cirque du Soleil has raised its tents all over the world — and sent out armies of acrobats, contortionists, clowns, dancers, and musicians to entertain even larger armies of admirers.

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No joy: Can’t get YouTube videos on his PC

There’s no shortage of entertainment on the Internet — except when you can’t view it on your own machine.

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Playing out the future of DVD playback

A few days ago, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky published a FAQ concerning Windows Media Center and DVD playback in Windows 8. According to Sinofsky, only buyers of Windows 8 Pro will be able to include Windows Media Center and its DVD playback software with their operating system.

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Texting while driving: a required tutorial

We at Windows Secrets obviously don’t use Wacky Web Week to demonstrate our devotion to best practices. By their nature, best practices are rarely wacky. But this week, we’ve found a driving test both devilishly pedagogical and too delicious to keep to ourselves.

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