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.

Who can suspend your email account?

Your ISP can suspend your email service, Lounge member deanvet has learned, for sending too much mail.

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Invitation to leaping in a stream: Elk version

When was the last time you jumped into wet and muddy happiness and made a big splash? And then did it again? And again? Maybe this young elk will remind you of an uncontainable minute or so in your own life.

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Readers write about the coming XP end-time

After we published Woody Leonhard’s Feb. 6 Top Story, “A last reprieve for the enduring Windows XP?” we soon had more than the usual number of letters; most of them were from readers asking for help delaying the end of the useful life of XP on their computers. This week, we share four of the more interesting reader reactions to the imminent — or not — end of life of Microsoft’s famous old operating system plus two reader remarks about the latest iTunes update.

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Trick-shot Titus has a magic way with basketball

Titus has been throwing basketballs into baskets practically since he learned to walk. Now at age two, he’s a basketball phenom — at least on the Internet. His father and mother (Joseph and Kristin Ashby) make good-humored videos of his exploits, his older siblings cheer him on, and celebrities lose trick-shot challenges — really! — to this hugely talented young athlete.

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A good way to see PC content when far from home?

With remote-access app LogMeIn now available only by paid subscription, a Lounge member considers the virtues of TeamViewer.

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How Seattle celebrates a Super Bowl victory

Seattle has a reputation for cool orderliness, an almost unshakeable politeness in public (except for a few infamous instances of trouble such as the WTO riots in 1999 and the IWW General Strike of 1919). The more usual Seattle demeanor is known widely as Seattle Nice, which bumps hard against the city’s famously visible (and audible) enthusiasm for its football team when team and fans are inside a stadium together.

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Wise to try more than one antivirus program

It wasn’t that Lounge member Miv was recklessly doing without an anti-malware program, when his machine was infected by a virus. Rather, his antivirus software failed to detect and remove the interloper.

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From the sidelines: They crushed his cape

Super Bowl Sunday is almost upon us. Millions of Americans will be parked on their sofas, ingesting chips and beer while watching the action on the field — and off.

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When it’s smart to lose a little money

As a Lounge member was wrapping up the upgrade of his wife’s PC from Windows Vista to Windows 8, his wife wondered whether he could restore her pre-upgrade voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) apps. She wanted to keep the small credit associated with the service. He doubted he could pick out the apps from the Macrium backup image he’d made but prudently brought the question to the Other Applications forum.

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Fox makes making a living look like fun

Winter is when a fox’s flamboyant hunting tactics truly come into play. The predator might not be as analytical as a scientist in its pursuit of prey, but it turns out fox tactics are quantifiable.

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