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.

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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A new Windows Secrets FAQ and a Microsoft reorg

Better late than never, we’ve finally put up a page for frequently asked questions about Windows Secrets subscriptions. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is putting his stamp on Microsoft, most recently with a major reorganization of its engineers; plus, data security and a good story about computer code.

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MS announces release date for Windows 10

It’s official: Windows 10 will be formally released on July 29 — but not for everyone. Microsoft surprised many current Win7 and Win8 users with an on-screen message announcing the event and free upgrades.

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Upgrading Windows: An ever-more-complex decision

Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10122 gives a clear image of where Windows is going. But do we want to follow? Also: Finding a quick solution to Firefox synching issues and a useful discussion about machine names on the ShieldsUp! site.

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