• Windows Secrets Newsletter promotional mailing vs. reality

    Just got a message from an old friend:

    Are you back with Windows Secrets again?

    Today, I got an email that says I can subscribe to Windows Secrets for free. At the bottom of that email, it shows a picture of you as an editor of the Windows Secrets Team, but it also refers to your latest book as the Windows 8 one. Anyway, I thought you cut all ties with them before the Penton fiasco. Something change?

    Nope. Windows Secrets is using my name and picture to sell subscriptions, without my permission.

    I’ve heard from many of you that my old alma mater, Windows Secrets Newsletter, is pumping out promotional mailings with a link to the Windows Secrets Subscription page. (Here’s a link, but don’t click on it unless you absolutely have to.)

    There are six people listed as “The Windows Secrets Team: A combined 300-plus years of Windows expertise,” enticing you to sign up for their newsletter. Only one of them is left. Here’s what’s happened to the team:

    EIC Tracey Capen left the publication in December.

    Susan Bradley is still doing yeoman work, particularly with her Patch Watch column.

    Fred Langa is on a leave of absence, as of a couple of weeks ago.

    Robert Vamosi last wrote for Windows Secrets in Aug. 2013. He’s tweeting up a storm, mostly about the recent political shenanigans. I haven’t read anything from him in years.

    Denny Arar last wrote for Windows Secrets Newsletter in July 2014. She hasn’t tweeted since June 2016. No idea where she went.

    I last wrote for Windows Secrets Newsletter in Aug. 2015. I left when the new owners wanted me to sign a contract that gave them full control over what I wrote. Since then, those owners sold WSN to yet another new set of owners. The latest owners most definitely do NOT have the right to use my name or picture – or anything about me, for that matter – in order to peddle their newsletter. They bought my older blog postings, and that’s it.

    I’ve written to the Editor of Windows Secrets Newsletter, asking them to stop using my name, picture and bio to peddle their wares.