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.

How to manage the contents of your hard drive

When a Lounge member asked for guidance about when to expand/increase his hard drive, his fellow Loungers in the General Windows forum approached the question differently than he had.

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Are you mad about the costume, pet?

If a certain canine or feline member of your household has recently eaten your socks or shredded your ficus tree, you might want to reflect on what you did to deserve it.

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When a hacker might look like a helper

Lounge member rgrosz was troubled by an email notifying him that his new gmail.com address had been created. He reported the event in the Security & Scams forum.

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Automatic one-man band is a collectable

The adage about beauty being in the eye — or ear — of the beholder certainly applies to musical instruments as fully as it might to any other object. As it happens, the oddity featured in this video belongs to a category of invention both cherished and reviled since the 19th century, when a lot of them appeared.

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Considering free online backup options

A Lounge member has used up all the capacity of her current free online backup system. What to do now?

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Light show plus 10 popular 2013 Wacky videos

If your ambition were a world tour to view holiday decorations, you’d have a destination in Christchurch, New Zealand. The statistics are impressive: 300,000 lights, 7,000 man-hours to construct the display, 30,000 cable ties, and two enthusiastic humans hosting the show. After this extravaganza, you can view other videos (below) that most pleased viewers in 2013.

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‘Local’ important concept in formatting

When Lounge member moon1130 tried to apply a theme to his Word 2010 document, nothing happened. He asked for help in the Word Processing forum — and soon enlarged his understanding of local font and paragraph formatting.

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A dangerous proximity to curious bears

Wildlife photographers love their cameras, even — or maybe especially — their robot cameras. Photographers’ subjects can also develop an interest in cameras — polar bears, in this instance.

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A clear preference for the next Microsoft chief?

In the Puget Sound region, Microsoft is a frequent topic of conversation. Especially these days, with the question of who will replace Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

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When ad-blocking tool blocks good popups

Lounge member ldb discovered recently that not all popups are vehicles for ads and viruses.

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