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.

Let’s talk about worrisome discoveries

Lounge members are discussing the Bash/Shellshock threat with a good measure of anxiety.

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Fall from sky, meet scary pig, tell the tale

A camera falls from the sky and lands in a pig pen. Thanks to the farmer who found the camera eight months after it landed, we can see the camera’s adventure.

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Stubbornness wins when restoring iOS 7

IndyDan ran into iPad resistance when he tried to roll back his wife’s tablet from iOS 8 to iOS 7. She wanted her apps to work again, the way they had before.

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The best surprises are secretly rehearsed

Flash mobs are some of the happiest interruptions in this video age. In a plaza full of shoppers, townspeople, and lunchers, music and dancing suddenly materialize and reorganize space.

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iPhone photos to PC in two languages

When Lounge member Treiber posted his question about moving photos from his phone to his PC, he wrote in French. Happily, he received an answer in his own language, plus a short guide to translation tools on the Internet.

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Will the Scots ever be truly understood?

The Scotsmen in this video have a modest ambition: they want to get to a building’s 11th floor via an elevator equipped with voice-recognition technology.

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Mysteries never cease: “Magic” fixes

Forum member Oldtechie was mystified by the divergent behavior of Yahoo Mail in IE 11 on two different machines — one a desktop and the other a laptop.

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Technology advances: How to read a bookbook

Just so you know, Windows Secrets is not endorsing Ikea products — other than one of its ads, a delicious parody of an Apple-style advertising campaign.

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Mother-son divide over Windows memory management

Lounge member OS2_87_Dinosaur thinks her clever, computer-building son doesn’t know enough about operating systems and other software. She gave him advice (as parents are wont to do) concerning his system’s Windows pagefile — and then she worried that her old-school view might be wrong.

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A lawfully countercultural town in the desert

Although transportation via two feet or two wheels is strongly preferred, Mutant Vehicles are permitted in Black Rock City — the famous desert city that arises and decamps for the annual, week-long Burning Man celebration. But they must be licensed by the Black Rock Department of Mutant Vehicles.

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