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.

When U.S.-based browsers think they’re in Canada

Lounge member Kmatlock lives in Texas, but his browsers all believe that he and his family are located in Ottawa, Canada. What’s confusing his browsers? He presents the problem to fellow Loungers.

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You, too, can donate your old PC responsibly

Lounge member wenkoe plans to donate an old PC, and he plans to install a version of Linux to introduce new users to that popular OS. But first he invites comments from his fellow Loungers about the procedure he intends to follow.

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Save the world from spammers in your spare time

Recently, British writer and comedian James Veitch told a TEDTalks audience about his email correspondence with a spammer who offered him a get-rich scheme involving gold.

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An imperfectly good result: printer prints

Lounge member Pheasant bought a new Brother printer to replace an old one that had worked on his Win7 system. Despite much effort and two hours on the phone with Brother support, Pheasant’s Win7 Dell computer continued not seeing the new printer, although another computer did.

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Process-of-elimination troubleshooting at work

Lounge member RPinNC couldn’t get an Internet connection on one of his PCs, despite a painstaking examination and testing routine. So he described his problem, setup, and procedure to the Networking forum.

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Applied science for outdoor adventurers

Are you good at guessing the angle of a slope you’re facing? Very likely not!

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Accurate predictions from ‘Back to the Future’

The predictions we’re reviewing in this video are from “Part II” of “Back to the Future,” released in 1989. Sorry, Cubbies, you didn’t win the World series in 2015, but you were in the running. Whether by accident or shrewd prognostication, others of the movie’s 1989 looks forward into 2015 produced more solid results. Whether your orientation tends to be historical or futurist, you can have fun letting this video remind you what turned out to be sort-of true.

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The hitchhiker’s guide to Windows Secrets 2.0

With apologies to the late Douglas Adams. We’ve received lots of feedback and support from you this week, along with many questions. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We’ll address as many of your questions as we can here; we’re also changing some policies whenever possible in response to your suggestions. There will undoubtedly be other changes over time.

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