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.

Stand back: performance packs a jolt

What happens when a couple of electrical-engineering students ponder music? If they’re Eric Goodchild and Steven Caton, they build a couple of giant Tesla coils to serve as their own private rock stars.

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Musical flash mob provides a pleasant interlude

When you’re out for a relaxed day wandering through local shops, nothing’s luckier than happening upon a live group of talented musicians — unless it’s when the performers happen upon you. This past May, members of the Sjællands Symfoniorkester (Copenhagen Philharmonic) gathered at the Copenhagen Central Station to perform Ravel’s “Bolero” — much to the evident pleasure of a surprised public.

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Lions take notice of intrusive robocam

The big cats in Tanzania exhibited typical feline curiosity when a camera-equipped, remote-controlled buggy rolled right up to their noses. The lions were more interested than wildlife-photographer brothers Will and Matthew Burrard-Lucas might have wished when they constructed their wheeled photo bots.

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Take good Lounge advice: Be prepared

The Windows 8 forum in the Lounge is full of postings this week — the recent Win8 Consumer Preview release has been occupying a lot of minds and computer hard drives. If you’re interested in Microsoft’s next operating system, you’re likely to find lots of interesting commentary in the Win8 forum.

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Readers with ideas write to Windows Secrets

Notable Microsoft user-interface features of historic and recent varieties prompted Windows Secrets articles — and reader responses. In addition, a reader offers suggestions on how to manage resource hoggery.

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An average Windows user gets lost in Win8

Windows 8 Consumer Preview bloomed on monitors everywhere last week. Within minutes, bemusement set in.

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Introducing the Lord Howe Island stick insect

A 1918 shipwreck on a South Pacific Island almost doomed the entire population of an indigenous creature known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect. Big as it was — as large as a human hand — it was no match for the rats from the wrecked British supply ship. It took a mere two years for the rats to finish off the entire population on the island.

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Hello, World: Windows 8 shows its face

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been keeping a lot of people busy lately, including those of us at Windows Secrets. We’ve added a forum for Windows 8 in the Lounge, where you can see that a lively conversation has begun.

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Know thyself: applies to your hard drive, too

Nothing works better than a nearly full hard drive to stimulate a fit of cleaning. But wait — what exactly are those hundreds of security-licensing-slc-component-sku- … files taking up so much valuable space?

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