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.

Work fun: No place like a farm in Kansas

“We have happy cows in Kansas,” says Farmer Derek Klingenberg. Maybe so. After you see his Cow Art video, you might believe Klingenberg contributes a measurable boost to elevated bovine mood, or at least to the banishment of cow boredom on his section of the Great Plains.

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How Cortana gets to know you, step by step

Lounge member handcuff36 was bemused by the apparent activity of Cortana, who wasn’t supposed to be working yet in Montreal.

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Another Amadeus, happy to entertain the world

Amadeus is a small black chihuahua with a strong disposition to clear pool tables.

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Living a useful life making mistakes

When you reformat the wrong hard drive and erase nearly 2TB of your own data, it’s remarkably generous to mention to anyone what software you used to recover from your giant error. Sadder but wiser Lounge member CLiNT kindly offered a review of the recovery software he used. You might find the information extremely useful — you just never know when.

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Could be true: “Brains can get messy”

Did I mention that I never planned to serve you rodent meat?” might have been what one commentator said to another on national television — so say the producers of the most recent “A bad lip reading of the NFL.” For special insight into the possible concerns of football players, their coaches, officials, and fans this coming Super Bowl Sunday, let this video be your preview to coming attractions.

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Tools, both plain and fancy, on the Web

Lounge member chambless came to the General Productivity forum looking for a snipping tool. Amid the recommendations that poured in, he found exactly what he was looking for.

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Relatively welcome (and safe) among reptiles

What do a tortoise, an iguana, and a komodo dragon at the National Zoo have in common — other than entirely reptilian brains? They have careful keepers who don’t underrate their intelligence or unpredictability. You might enjoy making these reptiles’ acquaintance — at video distance.

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Fine print: Bigger is not always easier to read

Forum member billrice wants a new and bigger monitor. To make a better-informed decision, he asked for help from Lounge members in the Hardware forum.

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Cat graciously accepts ride from French bulldog

A cat of any appreciable experience can judge within seconds the threat level posed by a puppy. But a young dog often has to work hard to fathom its (low) standing in a canine-feline hierarchy.

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Offering humble opinions about antispyware

Lounge member LesF used to trust Spybot. But with the appearance of error messages and recalcitrant updates, he’s lost faith in it. So he seeks recommendations for a replacement spyware detector in the Other Applications forum.

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