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.

Magical piano at Chicago’s Union Station

It can be thrilling to discover musicians or dancers performing in public places — especially when everyone’s stressed by holiday efforts to get somewhere. Travelers through Chicago were recently given the opportunity to be audiences — or performers — of impromptu concerts at Union Station. It was all in service to the holiday spirit.

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Reader favorites: Wacky Web Weeks of 2014

Given that many Windows Secrets have a strong geek factor, it shouldn’t be surprising that the most popular Wacky Web Week showed the technically correct way to cut up a cake. For this special, end-of-year edition of Wacky Web Week, we bring back that video — plus nine more reader favorites from 2014.

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Asked wrong question, got good answers anyway

Lounge member DeadVAIO tells his fellow Loungers in the Windows 7 forum that his wireless keyboard isn’t working. Turns out, it’s not wireless. But he still got valuable assistance.

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Origins of winter holiday traditions

You might be wondering right now why millions of people in the world light candles and give gifts in December. John Green, novelist and historian, brings you up to speed concerning 27 ways we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

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Resigned response: “I’ll get used to it”

After downloading Firefox 34.0.0, Lounge member ldb wondered whether the browser’s search engine might be broken. Posting in the Third-Party Browsers forum, he described the differences between his new and old versions of Firefox.

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A little bit of alarm for the holidays

In case holiday gift shopping isn’t scary enough for you, this week’s video records the reactions of innocent passersby to a crabby, suddenly animate, ornament. Scaring holiday shoppers and happy children is no way to spread Christmas cheer, but the snowman does get his comeuppance well before spring.

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Need tools: Good but not too expensive

Lounge member dc696969 needs a PDF creator, and he has some requirements and preferences concerning how it works and the range of files it works on. He brought his list of wishes to the Other Applications forum.

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Father Christmas takes his holiday in Copenhagen

You know what Santa Claus is doing in December. You might not know, however, that he takes his summer vacation in Copenhagen.

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When your problem turns out to be a known issue

Lounge member (and student) bassfisher6522 signed up for the free educational version of Office 365. All was well until one afternoon when Outlook informed him he needed to reactivate his account.

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Slightly skewed — but true — American history

There are many myths about Thanksgiving. John Green, novelist, historian, and video blogger, undertakes to set the holiday in its true context.

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