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.

Good advice: Test your backup system

Lounge members in more than one forum have computer-system backups on their minds this week. Maybe the passing of one year into a new one naturally makes people anxious about data loss.

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How to adjust your just-made resolutions

Comedian John Oliver espouses a number of virtuous behaviors (believe it or not) in this New Year’s video riff on resolutions.

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Scammers exploit tech news to fool you

Online thieves don’t just pretend to be your bank confirming your credentials or your best friend touting a diet plan. They often pretend to be Microsoft. But in a timely wrinkle this week, a scammer pretended to be part of a Microsoft team blocking a user’s account.

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A 12 days of Christmas plus five Wacky favorites

Children in our extended families believe in magic — flying reindeer, for example — during the winter holidays. The more ordinary animals in our households, on the other hand, tend to believe in food — all year round — and maybe in the good will of their humans, too. In this video, a great many companion animals tolerate special holiday-time attention from their people, which comes at them in the form of cameras, lights, and funny hats.

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Which email app presently confuses you?

You’ll see some worry and exasperation in the Non-Outlook E-mail forum this week, regarding a Microsoft announcement of a new and required update for Live Mail. The patch, “Update for Windows Live Essentials Mail 2012” (KB 3093594), is supposed to prolong the life of this mail app for its many users.

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You can blame strange impulses on the holidays

Comedian James Corden has his eye out for colorful behavior, as you’ll see in this week’s video. If it all has a certain cultural topicality, perhaps we can thank Corden’s heightened English appreciation for oddities of American life during the winter holidays.

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The virtues of other people’s experience

When Lounger member wavy decided to mend his “fast and easy” photo-management style, he began searching for a good duplicate photo finder. Before long, he was requesting recommendations in the Graphics/Multimedia forum.

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Good taste not required to attract tourists

In mid-November, nearly two tons of used chewing gum came off the walls of a theater and other buildings in Seattle’s Post Alley. The Gum Wall had been for 20 years a surprise hit with tourists.

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Hardware components and how they’re set

Lounge member StevenXXXX’s new system has a number of USB ports on the front and back. But the PC’s sole front-USB 3.0 port failed to recognize two 2TB external hard drives — but the back-of-the-tower USB 3.0 ports did.

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Cuisine you should probably avoid in any season

It’s now the holiday season — so let’s talk about food! For the novelty and sometimes outrageousness of their offerings, let’s invoke the memories of chefs Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson, who were the “Two Fat Ladies” of a BBC cooking show in the late 1990s.

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