Author Archives: Tracey Capen

Tracey Capen

About Tracey Capen

Editor in chief Tracey Capen was the executive editor of reviews at PC World magazine for 10 years, from 1995 to 2005. He was InfoWorld's managing editor of reviews from 1993 to 1995 and worked in the magazine's test center and as networking editor from 1989 to 1992. Between his stints at InfoWorld, he was senior labs editor at Corporate Computing magazine.

Two new features for Dropbox sharing

Faced with growing competition from Microsoft, Google, and others, Dropbox seems determined to be the king of file synching and sharing. This week, I took one of the new features for a spin; the other, I’m still trying to figure out.

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Running Windows 10 Insider Preview under Win10

Despite the formal release of Windows 10, the preview editions continue — now named Windows 10 Insider Preview Program. But at this time, running Win10 Preview in VirtualBox on a Win10 host requires using pre-production versions of the VM application.

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Microsoft has a busy week of Windows/IE updating

This past Tuesday saw the release of fixes for Internet Explorer, built-in Flash Player, and Windows 10. It might also surprise many Windows users that Microsoft released a new Win10 build under the Windows Insider Program.

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Doing work while doing your civic duty

It’s an abbreviated version of Field Notes this week, thanks to a jury-duty call for yours truly. Here are a few lessons learned while trying to work on Windows Secrets on government time.

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Getting started with the new Windows

Venturing into the new/old world of Windows 10 proves an interesting journey — but certainly not a pain-free one. Here are some highlights and lessons from the first two days with the new operating system.

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Updating to Win10: Definitely a mixed experience

As you’d expect, Windows Secrets contributors jumped on the formal Win10 release, downloading and installing the new OS on their various systems. Not surprisingly, they employed a range of methods just to get Win10 loaded.

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Will updating Windows get easier — or not?

With questions about updating still swirling around Windows 10, Microsoft posts a Win10 Preview tool for troublesome updates. All other supported versions of Windows should see an out-of-cycle security update for a font-driver vulnerability.

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Final countdown for the release of Win10

Microsoft has apparently gone quiet, as it approaches the Windows 10–release deadline; the folks in Redmond are likely putting in some long hours. Still, there’s much to be revealed about the new OS — not just on launch day, but over the weeks to follow.

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How Microsoft plans to release Win10 updates

Here’s how to find the latest edition of the Windows Secrets Ultimate Utilities List on our site. Also: More information on Win10 updating and some interesting news on the OpenDNS security service.

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Lessons learned from infrastructure failures

Here’s how to keep your computers connected to the Internet come power outages or ISP disconnections. Also: Another nail in the privacy coffin, trouble for Kindle authors, and some clarification on Win10 upgrading.

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