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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.

Advice from fellow travelers on the Internet

A General Windows post started with a question about an ominous “X” and a red line through the https: portion of a Web address. What did it mean? asked Lounge member lumpy95.

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Advanced technology: Waving to the whale

A crew controlling an underwater remotely operated vehicle had their workday brightened by a leviathan swimming into view. Luckily, the crew had cameras rolling.

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What kind of computer does an older woman want?

Lounge member Double Tap is deeply annoyed that the WOW! computer his 90-year-old mother bought can use only an HP inkjet printer. He wrote to the Non-Microsoft OSes forum for advice — he wants to hack the WOW!’s Linux operating system to make it accept a Brother black-and-white laser printer.

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Are programmers training your replacement?

Monday morning, Aiko Chihira began her new job as a greeter at Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi department store. The talented robot (truly not human) can speak and use sign language in Japanese and other languages.

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Technology, terminology — and talk about both

Lounge member RetiredGeek had encouraging news to report in the Networking forum: his newly purchased cable modem was not only going to save him money, but his download speeds were notably faster. Speedily enough, discussion turned to speed-testing tools. Faster still (from across the pond in the U.K.) were nomenclature questions. Do we all understand exactly what “cable modem” means in the U.K. and the U.S.? Is “Mbits” the same as “Mbps”?

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What old people keep saying about young people

If you’re very young, you might be puzzled by the appeal of a sketch called “The Four Yorkshiremen,” first performed in 1967. Comedians of a certain age.

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In praise of the now-rare Easter egg

Maybe the recent holiday made them do it, but Lounge members hanging out in the General Productivity forum went hunting for Easter eggs this past week. Some of their find s— of the software kind — are colorful, indeed.

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Some fun — watching a dog watching a dog

Clearly, some people assume the greatest use of an entertainment center is to amuse their pets. And sometimes, we’re entertained by videos of the pets watching videos. Take, for example, this clip of Minny, a little dog who gets lots of exercise while watching another canine hopping high into the air. An enthusiastic viewer, Minny pogo-sticks along with the video activity. The household cat is not amused.

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