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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.

Managing news in a high-tech company town

The widely covered and “immediate” departure of Steven Sinofsky, the now-former Windows chief at Microsoft, late Monday night is a big story. It’s also a story full of speculation and qualifiers such as “some say,” when the topic turns to why Sinofsky left the company.

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The art of domino toppling: A natural for video

Consider the pastime of domino toppling, in which structures rise for the specific purpose of falling apart spectacularly.

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Readers offer tips, views — and resistance

The recent release of Windows 8 received almost universal attention — the Windows Secrets newsletter and its readers included. As we expected, views on Microsoft’s most controversial OS varied widely among WS readers. Most of the letters would not please Microsoft. Here’s a small sampling of opinions.

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Holidays burden the existential mind

We at Windows Secrets were distracted from Halloween last week by the debut of Windows 8. But Henri, the Francophone cat, was concentrating on that difficult holiday, happily for us.

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Effective naming practices of scareware

How’s this for an impressive product name: “Windows 7 Antivirus Pro 2013”? Don’t buy it. It’s malware.

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Upgrade to Windows 8 — or not!

Chris Pirillo is one of the more entertaining technology observers on the Net. In this amusing clip, he discusses the pros and cons of installing Windows 8. If our Windows 8 stories haven’t persuaded you one way or the other, surely Chris’ explaination will.

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Win8 early adopters compare notes in the Lounge

After you successfully download the Windows 8 operating system flavor of your choice, you have still more software adventures on which to embark. To help you concentrate your effort, this week’s Lounge Life focuses on Windows 8 questions.

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When the short answer is ‘probably’

As with other technologies upon which we heavily depend, we prefer unambiguous answers when we’re seeking help to cure troubles in a computer.

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‘Tis the season of unsettling events

Some of us (not saying who) watch televised sports for other-than-sports reasons, such as family peace. Or for the ads.

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Nothing lost in translation after all

This week, a Quicken user in Cornwall ran into frustration trying to restore his Quicken 2004 files after a brief, unsatisfactory experiment with Quicken 2010.

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