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.

Cross-discipline style confusion wrecks format

An editor who posted a manuscript to a website discovered that the paragraph formatting had been converted to a “Normal” she didn’t like. So she asked the Lounge members in the Word Processing forum how to reverse the look of the manuscript, simply, to what it used to be.

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No heart attacks happened on camera

New crews of jokesters and wags have taken up the task memorably performed by “Candid Camera” — recording the reactions of innocent bystanders to enactments of public pranks.

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Readers write about serious troubles

Windows Secrets readers — prompted by recent articles about Internet scams, Windows updates, and slow-moving computers — offer stories and suggestions of their own.

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Well-choreographed mayhem in a town square

Who wouldn’t want drama served up only when you asked for it? And if it were well-executed, fast, stylish, and, in the end, funny, what more could you ask for on a quiet day in a calm country?

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Glamorous Vancouver, B.C., can take a joke

We at Windows Secrets live in Seattle, which is practically next door to one of the most beautiful cities on the planet — Vancouver, British Columbia. But we think very highly of our city, too, which might explain why we’re eager to spread less-flattering (but true, of course) facts about Vancouver. Some of these you’ll find in this week’s video.

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‘Tell your beloved to uninstall his adapter’

As with sniffles and bad moods in a family, if one householder has computer trouble, most likely it will spread one way or another to her relatives. Lounge member sylviesinc thought IE 9 was responsible for failed connections to websites when she checked in to the Internet Explorer forum for assistance. Soon, she was benchmarking DNS servers — and soon after that, her computer was working fine again.

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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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Manage mail — and life, too — in Outlook

You might be among the millions who can’t live without e-mail — or your Outlook calendar. But whether you’re in charge of your tools or they’re in charge of you is an open question.

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How to pass an audit (of your computer)

You might be comforted to know that computers managing e-commerce transactions are typically certified. If a business accepts credit-card payments, its customers should know their information is secure on the e-commerce servers. However, Lounge member WaterBoyz is not in the comfort zone yet: his Windows 7 computer was audited — with the report that its port 111 is open to the outside world.

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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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