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.

Learning new-to-us facts by accident

Lounge member access-mdb accepted genial ribbing from fellow Loungers in the Third-Party Browsers forum, when he confessed he’d learned a Firefox tab-moving trick by accident. In the ensuing discussion, he learned why he might want to use that feature in future — as did some other Loungers. You might want to see discovery in progress by checking in on that conversation.

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The fine art of carrying on at Burning Man

Burning Man has a big reputation to go with its radical reality. This video reveals a few interesting truths that have emerged Black Rock City.

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Too darned hot: Computers prefer to keep cool

When a Lounge member wrote to the Hardware forum about his overheating laptop, he set off a flurry of concerned responses.

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Strolling down a beach — with strandbeests

Dutch artist Theo Jansen has been building animals out of PVC pipe, sails, and other materials since 1990. His beguiling creatures recently attracted crowds to Crane Beach in Massachusetts.

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Avoiding Windows 10 lurking among updates

Lounge member joro has decided to stick with Windows 8.1 a month or two more, ducking the Win10 upgrade for the time being. But Windows 10 nevertheless stands among the weekly patches, waiting to be downloaded along with the updates he does want.

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Bird-feeder challenge for yet another squirrel

Good thing squirrels don’t preserve their dignity at all costs. More of them would miss meals, and we’d lose out on lots of entertainment. The squirrel in this video seemed destined, at first, to conquer the anti-rodent design features built into the bird-feeder. He’s so agile — until he’s not. Despite the built-in intention to thwart squirrels, however, it seems unlikely that anyone would begrudge this one his consolation scattering of seeds.

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Consensus concerning computers chronically on

Whether it’s best to turn a computer off at night or leave it on; it’s a split decision in the General Windows forum.

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Trashumancia in Madrid means lots of sheep

Anyone might wonder why you can stand on a street corner in Madrid in early November and watch thousands of sheep rush by.

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Great to have backup from good old computer days

Lounge member LesF’s Task Scheduler in Windows 7 is corrupted, he finds; he wonders what to do about it. His fellow Loungers in the Windows 7 forum offer suggestions, information, and encouragement.

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Don’t play with puff adders; play with popcorn

We don’t recommending dangling a red water balloon in front of a puff adder so you can photograph the adder’s response. We offer you the video instead.

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