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.

Windows Secrets special issue on Windows 8

Well, it’s here. The most controversial version of Windows ever released is out in new PCs and as an upgrade. We won’t predict the success or failure of Windows 8 (there is no shortage of tech pundits who have), but we will provide lots of helpful information on how to get started exploring the new OS.

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The best of Windows Secrets on Windows 7

Today, we’re adding a third volume to our series on Windows 7. The Windows 7 Guide, Volume 3, Advanced maintenance and troubleshooting, provides advanced tips and how-tos for keeping Windows 7 running smoothly.

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Celebrating the Fourth of July with gusto

Almost every U.S. town — large and small — hosts a parade on the Fourth of July. But in the small, ski-resort town of Truckee, California, the pageant gets pretty wacky.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview — First impressions

To say that the release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview beta generated some discussion among Windows Secrets contributors would be like saying the politicians occasionally like to opine on their (theoretical) accomplishments. E-mails were flying around like they rarely have before. Here are some of their first impressions and observations.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview hits a PC near you

The first truly public preview of Windows 8 went online February 29 and almost immediately dozens of e-mails from the Windows Secrets contributors showed up in my inbox. Most of the ensuing discussion was not about the merits of Windows 8 and it Metro interface, but how to get it safely installed on our various PCs.

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Champis: The world’s smallest shepherd

As any student of animal behavior can tell you, size does not necessarily mean superiority. Ever watched a small, determined bird harry a much bigger hawk?

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Illusions in an ice-and-water world

The world beneath the waves is strange and beautiful; things behave in unusual and unexpected ways — especially for visitors from terra firma.

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The best of Wacky Web Week — 2011

When it came to the most popular Wacky Web Week for 2011, it was no contest. The most viewed video showed our churlish baristas dishing out their pointed opinions on how coffee should be consumed. And we thought this was just a Seattle phenomenon!

So for 2011′s best of Wacky Web Week, we start you off with “Purchasing the morning brew turns ugly.” We follow with other popular videos and finish off with our own favorite of 2011 — just because we never get tired of watching it. Enjoy!

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Tired of surfing in the wet? Try a volcano!

A cold, wet winter here in the Pacific Northwest soon puts us in mind of warm places — possibly somewhere we might try a bit of longboard surfing. Hawaii? Been there, done that. We’re looking for something a bit more exotic.

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