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’ Windows 7 e-book, Volume 2

Last month, we released our first Windows 7 e-book — The Windows 7 Guide, Volume 1 — a handy reference for anyone moving to Microsoft’s latest OS. As promised, we’re now offering The Windows 7 Guide, Volume 2 — the final steps you’ll need to complete your Win7 setup. Like Volume 1, this edition brings together some of our most popular recent articles from the Windows Secrets archives.

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The competition steals a winning business plan

Netflix recently announced it was splitting its streaming-movie and DVD services into two completely separate entities.

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Windows Secrets’ new Windows 7 e-book

For longtime Windows XP users, moving to Windows 7 can be a challenge. So we selected the best Windows 7 stories from the Windows Secrets newsletter and compiled them into an e-book that will help smooth the transition.

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Learning that life can be a bit sour

One of the joys of interacting with babies is their complete lack of guile. Whatever they experience and feel — hunger, happiness, fear — is immediately and honestly reflected in their facial expressions.

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Where the fish are jumping — by the hundreds

The fisherman’s lament: Spent all day casting my line and have nothing to show for it but an empty pouch, lost hooks, and a sunburn. Like all outdoor endeavors, fishing can be a frustrating sport.

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Facebook etiquette lessons, circa 1960

We may be well into the digital age, when everything seems to change mind-numbingly fast, but some rules of interpersonal relationships remain timeless.

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The CliffsNotes version of Star Wars

Few movies are better known than the six episodes of Star Wars — especially the original trilogy. But a few people have managed to miss this important artifact of American culture.

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For one canine athlete, a hedge too high

Often, when we reach beyond our abilities, the consequences can be painful — even tragic. But sometimes it can be downright funny.

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In the court of public opinion, a snake wins

No doubt most of us would be startled to see a snake slithering out from the engine compartment of our car — especially if we’re flying down the highway at the time.

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New Microsoft patch dedicated to Fred Langa

We’re all used to the constant stream of patches from Microsoft. Windows Secrets covers them in the twice-monthly Patch Watch column. Most of these patches are initiated by the diligent work of security specialists. But a recently released Microsoft Fix it patch, KB 2578723, springs from our very own ace writer Fred Langa, and his weekly LangaList Plus column. In his May 12 article, “Win7 network stuck in ‘Public’ mode,” Fred gave his steps for fixing network-location problems. Later, Fred wondered if those steps could be made more simply with a Microsoft Fix it button. So he contacted fellow columnist Woody Leonhard, a Microsoft Thailand MVP. Woody in turn passed the suggestion on to Microsoft, and the rest is, as they say, history. Congratulations Fred!