Posted on November 30th, 2015 at 11:11 17 comments
I went through a couple of months of testing and comparisons, lots of blind alleys, more than a thousand bucks out-of-pocket, and come back to basically the same layout I had before. What you see is the new version of AskWoody.
You’ll find a few improvements here and there (some of which I leaked earlier). All in all, I took the advice of an overwhelming percentage of viewers and employed my old “Ain’t broke, don’t fix” standard.
The basic layout on the main page hasn’t changed much, but there are lots of small changes. The biggest improvement in the discussions area is (finally!) the ability to “nest” responses to comments. I’ll slowly be rolling out a few hand-selected ads, so be forewarned. Nope, I haven’t bowed to the Google adverlords, but instead found a way of bringing in ads that should be more appropriate for this site – and for you.
Stay tuned. Interesting stuff ahead.
Posted on November 23rd, 2015 at 20:50 23 comments
Looks like they’re making stuff up as they go along.
InfoWorld Woody on Windows.
Posted on November 23rd, 2015 at 05:20 11 comments
I hope you’ve read my tribute to the truly great achievements brought to us by Windows over the past 30 years.
Now here’s a look at the dark side.
The straight story, from InfoWorld.
Posted on November 20th, 2015 at 08:13 30 comments
I’m on a mini-vacation, still connected, but not surrounded by my usual array of machines. So I was very disheartened to read this story:
Ghacks is a generally-credible source, often breaking news.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the machines at my beck and call to check this out. I’ll be looking into it, in depth, when I’m back in my office on Thanksgiving day (next Thursday). In the interim, if any of you have first-hand knowledge of what’s going on – or you see an article with a new perspective – please let me know.
Posted on November 19th, 2015 at 05:57 14 comments
First of a two-part series, looking at the amazing innovations and triumphs over the years.
A trip down 64K memory lane.
Posted on November 18th, 2015 at 06:25 18 comments
Just got this from EG
The last “relevant” post to ask this question in is 3 pages deep now and I’m sure many others have the same question too.
I realize November’s updates are still being scrutinized but what’s the scoop with the October updates?
They’re still in Defcon 2 as far as I can see so there’s a BUNCH of “Important” updates sitting in my pending list.
Any chance you can start a new thread with the status of October’s updates… if nothing else just to let us know they’re not forgotten?
On November 5, I opened the gates for October patches. See http://www.askwoody.com/2015/msdefcon-3-windows-office-patched-aware-consequences/
I’m still very skeptical of the November patches. We’ve already seen two of them re-issued, one that was bricking Outlook on some systems. There aren’t any killer security holes so, as long as you’re not using Internet Explorer, I say hold tight.
Posted on November 17th, 2015 at 09:20 11 comments
Just got this from JR –
I’ve found that Excel 2007 Security Update KB3101554 breaks the bar charts in some of my Excel 2007 SP3 spreadsheets. They go blank when you scroll the spreadsheet.
The problem was rectified by a simple uninstall of the KB without even the need for a restart.
Has anyone else found this?
Best regards and many thanks for all that I’ve learned from your website and Dummies books over the years.
I haven’t seen it yet. Have you?
Posted on November 15th, 2015 at 10:36 1 comment
Those of you who remember the “Mother of all Windows” and “Mother of All PCs” books might be tickled to discover that Barry Simon – Mom’s co-author and one of the smartest people I’ve ever met – has just been announced as this year’s American Mathematical Society Steele award winner, for lifetime achievement.
Barry’s an amazing guy. I “met” him when I posted a complaint about the mathematics behind a PC Magazine article. (The author of the article implied that a solution to an optimization problem in integers is passably close to a non-integer solution. Nevermind.) Barry disagreed with me. And if you’ve ever disagreed with Barry Simon, lemme tell ya, it’s an education unto itself. Like arguing with an encyclopedia. Barry won — although I still maintain my position was tenable — and we struck up a conversation that lasted through five enormous books.
Although he’s probably best known, even now, as the co-author of “Methods of Modern Mathematical Physics” (no, his first name isn’t “Reed”), he’s about to release a new five-volume set “A Comprehensive Course in Analysis.”
Whenever I hear the term “smart,” I think “Barry.”
It was a real honor and privilege to work with him and Mom.
Wonder what Barry’s going to do for an encore?