Author Archives: Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins

About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.

Making a list: Counting virtues of Windows 8

If Windows 8 were a kid, it might feel picked on ever since first setting foot on the playground. But based on discussion begun by Lounge member Prescott in the Windows 8 forum, you might gather that the playground is growing a little friendlier (Windows 8 runs fast, people admit), however grudgingly. Others allow that Windows 8 has grown more attractive in other respects, too.

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People in the sky in diamond formation

If you plan to remember an event by living through it, jumping out of an airplane isn’t something you do on impulse. In the fall of 2012, 100 experienced skydivers from 21 countries briefly floated in formation over Perris, California — and by doing so, they set a 100-way, wingsuit world record.

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New tools, new features: Getting to know them

An upgrade in one technology often forces upgrades of others. Lounge member PamS reaffirmed this truth when she explained how she came to be using NotePad++ as her new text editor.

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Natural events when we’re not on the scene

One of the best inventions of all time is the camera. Alberta Parks rangers set up a camera in a spot popular with bears and other creatures.

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Times-have-changed department: Marital chat

Lounge member donny wants to talk to his wife. He wants to talk to his wife while he’s downstairs and she’s upstairs. He wants instant messaging to work between two computers in the same house, using the same router.

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Playing with winter snow — in August

A good many people in the northern hemisphere are happy about cherry trees, tulips, daffodils, magnolias, fritillarias — you name it — in bloom. Lengthening April days and more sun switch on giddy moods for northerners.

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Simplifying life: How to have email, sans PC?

Writing on behalf of two colleagues, Lounge member klxdrt asked members in the General Productivity forum for some advice: How to send and receive email without using a personal computer? “Don’t laugh,” he said — because his coworkers were serious.

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“Please don’t watch this movie on your phone”

Perhaps you haven’t seen an honest movie trailer lately — or ever. We recommend this one, for “Gravity.” If you haven’t seen the movie already and rigorously avoid spoilers, we’re sorry — you’re about to see four wry minutes of unpreserved secrets.

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All’s well one day; can’t load browsers the next

Veteran Lounge member KenWA keeps tight security on his well-equipped Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit system. Nevertheless, he found himself with a seemingly impossible problem: one recent morning, he couldn’t load any of his browsers.

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Department of odd couples: Man and goose

Four years ago, in southern California, a retired salesman became acquainted with — and then devotedly befriended by — a goose. Complications arose, but the cross-species friendship persisted.

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