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 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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A gift that’s unique and challenging!

It’s the time of year when many of us are struggling to find those special gifts for friends and family. It’s especially difficult when the gift has to be the latest toy for the guy who’s already got the truck, the boat, the snow machine, the motorbike, etc., etc.

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Sadly, SIRI doesn’t do knock, knock jokes

Is this a first stab at artificial intelligence or a gift to those in need of a social life?

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Windows Secrets reader survey posted

Windows Secrets’ most important mission is providing our many subscribers with useful information about Windows and Windows-related topics. Once or twice a year, we post a Windows Secrets reader survey to ensure we’re delivering the content you need.

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Purchasing the morning brew turns ugly

What’s more annoying than a waiter at a four-star French restaurant? Possibly that barista with attitude working at your local coffeehouse.

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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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