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.

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Neuroscience is a perpetually emerging science, and it’s not surprising that it’s a hot topic in publishing. Science and technology writer Matthew MacDonald has branched out from his more-usual subjects, Visual Basic and .NET, to write Your Brain: the Missing Manual.

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Hard drive fares badly in dust storm

Under the right — or more accurately, wrong — circumstances, your computer can suffer from storms in your study.

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“Don’t show this update again” is a good option

Many Windows Secrets readers were recently exasperated by a merry-go-round of .NET patches. These were apparently already installed successfully but then presented themselves in the users’ tray, ready to be installed again.

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Dancing in the street for health and good times

TV reporter Ben Aaron has found his happiest fitness routine yet — on the streets of New York City.

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Beautiful, strange, and highly disciplined

Since it was founded in Montreal in 1984 by Guy Lalibert&#233 and Daniel Gauthier, Cirque du Soleil has raised its tents all over the world — and sent out armies of acrobats, contortionists, clowns, dancers, and musicians to entertain even larger armies of admirers.

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No joy: Can’t get YouTube videos on his PC

There’s no shortage of entertainment on the Internet — except when you can’t view it on your own machine.

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Playing out the future of DVD playback

A few days ago, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky published a FAQ concerning Windows Media Center and DVD playback in Windows 8. According to Sinofsky, only buyers of Windows 8 Pro will be able to include Windows Media Center and its DVD playback software with their operating system.

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Texting while driving: a required tutorial

We at Windows Secrets obviously don’t use Wacky Web Week to demonstrate our devotion to best practices. By their nature, best practices are rarely wacky. But this week, we’ve found a driving test both devilishly pedagogical and too delicious to keep to ourselves.

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Looking at MSE 4.0 in Security & Backups

Several people tried out Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 and reported their findings in the Security & Backups forum. It’s now shipping and the reviews are positive, despite some quibbles.

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Henri’s existential ennui continues

Perhaps you were unaware that a handsome but disaffected French intellectual named Henri has been speaking his piece on the Internet. Henri will tell you he’s surrounded by morons. But that’s no reason to avoid his company — au contraire.

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