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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.

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!  

Changes to the Windows Secrets privacy policy

Welcome to the 300th issue of Windows Secrets.

The newsletter has always had a chief, unwavering goal: to serve the interests of our subscribers. Through the years, as the Internet and Windows-related technology have evolved, we’ve listened to you and updated the newsletter to serve your needs and expectations.

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Windows Secrets privacy policy changes

A summary of the changes (Effective Sept. 03, 2011) We are revising the Windows Secrets Privacy policy. You’ll find the changes highlighted below. We encourage you to read the entire policy, but here is a quick summary of the changes: 1. We’ve clarified that iNET Interactive LLC owns and operates Windows Secrets. See the new Definitions section. 2. We’ve updated point 2 in our Ironclad Privacy Policy to include announcements for new products or services. See section 2. Revised Privacy Policy All subscribers to the Windows Secrets Newsletter and visitors to the Web site are covered by our Ironclad Privacy Policy: 1. We will never sell, rent, or give away your address to any outside party, ever; 2. We will never send you any unrequested e-mail, besides newsletter updates e-mail communications regarding the Windows Secrets Newsletter, newsletter updates, or announcements for new products or services we might develop; 3. All unsubscribe requests are honored immediately, period. Definitions: The terms, “we” and “us” represent iNET Interactive, LLC, a web-centric media company serving special interest communities, through prominent online properties, events, and publications. Windows Secrets is owned and operated by iNET Interactive, LLC. What this Means This Privacy Policy applies solely … Read More »

Link of the Week: Lies, damned lies, and statistics

No one really knows who came up with that clever phrase, and in this instance it’s overstating the case. But a story in the Business Insider has a rather startling headline: To wit, “Internet Explorer Users Are Dumber.” It’s an amusing piece with a couple of reminders: statistics don’t automatically translate into reality and what we read on the Internet should never be taken immediately at face value.   

Add an armored laptop to your security checklist

Some security threats simply can’t be foreseen. Who guesses that someone, in the middle of a workday, will decide on the spur of the moment to demolish a computer?

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Possessed by a supernatural … vacuum?

It’s the fear of every TV-show producer — a product commercial that proves more creative and more interesting than the show it’s intended to support. Think of the many VW Beetle commercials of the past. (Look ’em up on YouTube if you’re too young to have seen them.)

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