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  • Big changes ahead for AskWoody and Windows Secrets

    Posted on December 20th, 2018 at 02:55 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    As of the end of the year, Penton/Informa media group is handing the Windows Secrets Newsletter and Lounge baton over to the people who started Windows Secrets years ago.

    Many of you will remember the original Windows Secrets “dream team” — Brian Livingston, co-author of 11 Windows Secrets books; Susan Bradley, Patch Watch diva; Fred Langa, author of LangaList, the ultimate tech Q&A; and yours truly with Woody’s Windows Watch and a bunch of books. All of us, along with former editor in chief Tracey Capen and many current and former newsletter contributors, are joining forces once again to launch a new AskWoody Plus Newsletter. Those of you who subscribe to the Windows Secrets Newsletter will see your subscriptions carry over, uninterrupted, to the AskWoody Plus moniker.

    We’re also merging the AskWoody and Windows Secrets Lounges. The new combined Lounge will sit on a software foundation that’s solid and reliable unlike, ahem, what we’ve had in the past. We’re implementing some of the features you’ve requested — email Plus Alerts, downloadable Patch Watch files, a reconstituted MS-DEFCON system, and much more. All of the AskWoody and Windows Secrets Admins and MVPs will make the trek. It’s a massive effort that’s going to bring all sorts of benefits to AskWoody and Windows Secrets Loungers.

    Both the new Newsletter and the new combined Lounge are tied together with a membership program called AskWoody Plus. If you join AskWoody Plus, you get the new Newsletter, the news Alerts, and full access to everything on the new combined Lounge.

    You’ll also get our thanks — and recognition, via a gold flare on your Lounge avatar — for helping us keep everything going. We’ll continue to hold Microsoft’s feet to the fire. We’ll keep you in the loop on important developments, and help you with palliative care on the demise of Windows 7. We’ll give you the straight story on where Windows and Office are headed, without the clickbait and garbled explanations you find on many other sites.

    AskWoody Plus works on the donation model — you can join for whatever amount you think fair. If you’d rather not join, that’s fine. New Loungers are most welcome, and there’s no charge.

    Changes in the plumbing are being tested right now. The hardest part of the transition will be merging databases, which won’t be easy, but we’ll take it in steps, and we’ll have human support available at all times. We’ll let you know if you need to do anything.

    For those of you who already get the Windows Secrets Newsletter, you’ll be automatically continued as a subscriber to the AskWoody Plus Newsletter. For those of you who have donated to AskWoody in the past year, we’ll set you up with a Plus Membership as well — no charge, with our thanks. Those of you who haven’t contributed are also in good hands — we’re carrying across both the AskWoody Loungers and the Windows Secrets Loungers of various stripes to the new combined Lounge.

    For now, sit tight. We’ll let you know if you need to do anything.

    Lisa Schmeiser, editor in chief, Windows Secrets Newsletter
    PKCano and Kirsty, AskWoody MVPs
    JoeP517, JWitalka, Rick Corbett, Satrow, Windows Secrets Admins

    Woody Leonhard, Eponymous Factotum

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    • #241395 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      As of the end of the year, Penton/Informa media group is handing the Windows Secrets Newsletter and Lounge baton over to the people who started Window
      [See the full post at: Big changes ahead for AskWoody and Windows Secrets]

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    • #241398 Reply

      HiFlyer
      AskWoody Lounger

      Best news I’ve heard all year.  Excelsior!

      HF

       

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    • #241403 Reply

      Chris B
      AskWoody Plus

      Excellent news. I lamented the effective demise of the old Windows Secrets/Woody’s Windows Watch newsletter and the neglect Penton gave to its lounge. Hopefully this will put what was one of the best resources on the web back to its prime.

      Chris
      Win7 Home Premium 64 bit Group A

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    • #241405 Reply

      AJNorth
      AskWoody Plus

      OUTSTANDING (and congratulations)!!

      (This is the best news that I’ve read — by far — in more than three years.)

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    • #241410 Reply

      Bluetrix
      AskWoody Plus

      What a nice Christmas present.

      (sans the religion part)

      Windows10 Home 1803 | Mint19 on VM

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    • #241407 Reply

      anonymous

      This announcement seems more geared towards explaining things to Windows Secret users. But what are the big changes that we here at AskWoody will see? You mention the Lounges being merged. But does that mean that the feed here at AskWoody will now contain stuff from all the Windows Secret stuff? Will there be any way to only see the stuff that would normally be on AskWoody? Will @askwoody be changed to cover everything, or just be for Woody Heck, will these new changes even be on Askwoody.com?

      I’m mostly here for the DEFCON system, though I do enjoy reading the articles. I just learned the hard way not to just update when Microsoft tells you do, and eventually found the only site that seems to tell you when updates ares safe.

      Anyways, I do wish you guys well. From what has been mentioned about the Windows Secret forums, it does seem like bringing them here is a good idea. And Susan has definitely added to the site–even if the business stuff isn’t relevant to me.

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      • #241436 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        Great questions!

        does that mean that the feed here at AskWoody will now contain stuff from all the Windows Secret stuff?

        The main page will continue to be primarily from me and Susan, with continued assists from PKCano. We’ll also have posts from Fred Langa, Brian Livingston (!), and — if you’re a Plus member — the other contributors to the newsletter. I’m also hoping to have more guest posts.

        Will there be any way to only see the stuff that would normally be on AskWoody?

        The main page will have more material, but it’ll be the same high quality you’ve come to expect. The rest of the Lounge will benefit from a half-dozen highly experienced Windows Secrets Admins and (I hope) all of the MVPs and VIPs. There will be far more depth and breadth in the Lounge, and decades of material to fall back on.

        I’m mostly here for the DEFCON system

        That’s going to be a key part of the site overhaul. I need to get off my posterior and put together an MS-DEFCON system that’ll handle all of the versions of Windows. At the very least, it’ll have separate MS-DEFCON levels for Win 7 & 8.1, another for Win10 Home, one for Win10 Pro, and one for people who look for individual patches a-la Patch Watch.

        There’s a lot of work ahead….

      • #241539 Reply

        Chris B
        AskWoody Plus

        Please do not discount the value of the content on Windows Secrets. Because it has been running for a long time, and the content comes from many very knowledgeable contributors, some of whom are regulars here, (and not from Penton), there is a great deal of valuable content on it. I have often found that a problem I encounter can be solved by a search on the site and, if not, the loungers can generally solve it for me. Occasionally, I can even help myself!

        If Woody and his buddies can successfully merge the content of the two sites, and hold the contributors, we will have an extremely valuable resource.

         

        Chris
        Win7 Home Premium 64 bit Group A

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        • #241613 Reply

          woody
          Da Boss

          That’s precisely my goal.

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    • #241409 Reply

      anonymous

      Also, any chance the revised MS-DEFCON system will include some sort of feed so users can be notified when it changes? I do enjoy this site, don’t get me wrong. But there are times where I forget to check for a while.

      The feed could be on Twitter, an RSS feed, or even a JSON feed (though the latter is not my favorite.) If @askwoody links all Woody articles here, I could subscribe to that (and check out other people’s articles if they are relevant while I’m here.)

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      • #241439 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        any chance the revised MS-DEFCON system will include some sort of feed so users can be notified when it changes?

        Yep, that’s the primary influence for AskWoody Plus Alerts. You’ll get an email as soon as there’s a change in MS-DEFCON status, or when something blows up.

        I already have a Twitter account, @askwoody, that’s quite active. And there’s an RSS feed for all the posts on the main page.

        Still haven’t decided what to do with the @WindowsSecrets Twitter handle, but I’m phasing out both the AskWoody and Windows Secrets sites on Facebook.

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    • #241421 Reply

      anonymous

      I was (operative verb, past tense) a Windows Secrets subscriber for YEARS until the fiasco takeover by Penton and then dropped it.  Remember their tussle over lifetime subscribers?!?  Anyway, I’ll gladly become a donor-subscriber once more — after the merge operation settles into its comfort zone.  PLEASE keep us posted here as I rely heavily on the Patch Lady — as I did on Windows Secrets !!

       

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      • #241510 Reply

        MikeFromMarkham
        AskWoody Lounger

        You said exactly what I was going to say, but you got here first!

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      • #241792 Reply

        Steve S.
        AskWoody Plus

        Precisely. I was also a Windows Secret reader and subscriber. After Penton, my subscription was bungled and I ceased getting the newsletter even though I had nearly a year due to me. Trying to get it resolved was wasted effort so I moved on. I’m pleased the team is reuniting! May the New Year bring great things to AskWoody!

        Win7 Pro x64 (Group B), Win10 Pro x64 1809, Linux Mint + a cat with 'tortitude'.

    • #241423 Reply

      MikeyD215
      AskWoody Plus

      As a subscriber to Windows Secrets since its very beginning, [and also to Woody’s Windows/Office Watch newsletters of yesteryear] I have been so disappointed with WS over the past year or two that I have been considering dropping my subscription. The (almost) final straw was Susan’s departure–for reasons that were never made public (at least to me). This news is wonderful. Now I will not have to make that decision about renewing. Instead I just donated to Ask Woody! And will be delighted to have the best of both efforts henceforth in one package.

      Best of luck to all involved in this new undertaking this new year.

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      • #241426 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        Thanks for the donation!

        I’m in the middle of testing a new Plus membership routine. When it’s up (in the next few days?) it’ll be easy to make a donation and get all the benefits of “Plus” — all automatically.

        But not to worry. I’ll be setting up a way for donors past — even those who donated months ago — to become “Plus” members. It’ll be on the honor system, but that’s what this is all about, eh?

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    • #241431 Reply

      David F
      AskWoody Plus

      This is brilliant news indeed. I stopped my sub on Windows Secrets and used it here instead.

      I still check through and occasionally post on the forums there, though it’s pretty quiet now so hopefully some of the old-timers will be back

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    • #241453 Reply

      Bluetrix
      AskWoody Plus

      I was going to start a new post for this, but since some of my comments have already been mentioned …
      From the early days of Langalist I supported Fred’s efforts. Comes Brian and Woody and Susan etal, I couldn’t have barked louder for what really was advice to be heeded. When the “group” was around, their combined efforts resulted in the best place I had found for up-to-date information on everything Windows and a whole bunch more.

      Places like that are almost impossible to find and all that cyber ink and brain power isn’t totally free, so financial support is a must for it to continue. I still recall reading my first “Plus” News Letter, wasn’t free, but worth every dime I thought. I think I donated $20~ a year, sometimes more when I was flush, then I did this:

      Life-memberships

       

      That was cool until one by one the reasons I was supporting the site left. Because of those actions the above membership status became almost worthless. I could say it was fun while it lasted, and it was, but the fallout left a bad taste.
      It was a different time and different place then, I do hope they make it shine as it once did. In the scheme of all things internet related my support was just a drop in the bucket, but it was my drop.

      I don’t blame any of them personally, after all, the only thing that remains constant in the universe is change.

      Windows10 Home 1803 | Mint19 on VM

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      • #241487 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        I intend to honor every promise from Windows Secrets, including lifetime subscriptions.

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        • #241559 Reply

          AJNorth
          AskWoody Plus

          Thank you, Boss (from another WS lifetime subscriber of the Good Ol’ Days)!

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      • #241519 Reply

        MrJimPhelps
        AskWoody_MVP

        From the early days of Langalist I supported Fred’s efforts. Comes Brian and Woody and Susan etal, I couldn’t have barked louder for what really was advice to be heeded. When the “group” was around, their combined efforts resulted in the best place I had found for up-to-date information on everything Windows and a whole bunch more.

        I too started with the Langa List (I don’t remember how I found out about it), which then became part of Windows Secrets, the best place on the web for computer information and for “hanging out”. I’ll bet there are a lot of folks here who got started with the Langa List.

        By the way, Fred, I was always hopeful that I would be one of the lucky ones to get a visit from you to do a “once over” on my computer!

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        • #241546 Reply

          Bluetrix
          AskWoody Plus

          I am not positive but I think I stumbled across Fred via a search for an answer I had about Windows.

          I would have turned down a visit from Fred, no need for him to die from a heart attack at my house. I could see it now, Fred: Mom board check, Power supply check, CDROM check, Modem, Hard drive, Fans, Video card check … etc … Lets put all those things back in the pretty white box for now.

          Fred: what’s with all these extra ribbons?

          Me: Oh those, I read they sometimes go bad and needed to be replaced or checked with a known good one.

          Fred: Okay, then you know which ones are good then.

          Fred: Well?

          Windows10 Home 1803 | Mint19 on VM

          • #241579 Reply

            Fred
            AskWoody Lounger

            Ehh, just to be more precise: that Fred you mentioned is nót this Fred who’s writing this  LOL

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        • #241614 Reply

          woody
          Da Boss

          Fred may be convinced to do once-overs… but he’s sworn to me that his Harley days are over….

    • #241461 Reply

      anonymous

      Excellent! Outstanding! Fabulous! Best end of year news I’ve seen so far. Thank You, and may your transition go smoothly.

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    • #241465 Reply

      plodr
      AskWoody Plus

      Great news indeed! I was a Brian’s Buzz, pre WindowsSecrets, and Langa List subscriber for a long time. I finally dropped WindowsSecrets when I saw how poor it had become.

      I look forward to it going back to the way it was with high quality articles and a decent forum.

      Got coffee?

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      • #241488 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        … and Brian told me he didn’t think anybody would remember Brian’s Buzz….

        • #309819 Reply

          anonymous

          It was Window Manager before that. From 9-23-02 newsletter (9-20-02)  posting:
          “FRESH NEW SERVICE packs and patches are here for every version of our favorite OS, Windows. In recent weeks, I’ve screamed and hollered for needed fixes, so listen up now as I sort them all out. SSL doesn’t protect. In a recent column, I reported that SSL, which safeguards your personal data on the Web, has been hackable in Internet Explorer ever since Version 5.0, released in 1999….”
          Ah, nothing like a l’il trip down Memory Lane.

          Guido

    • #241491 Reply

      Seff
      AskWoody Plus

      This sounds like excellent news, as well as a bucketful of blood, sweat and tears for those setting it up!

      Like many here no doubt, I subscribed to Windows Secrets but the switch to Penton led to a marked deterioration and then we had the downtime debacle, with Susan leaving the final stimulus for me to cancel my subscription. I have donated here, but I’ve no idea when I last did so although I recently asked my children if one of them would kindly give me Woody’s latest book on Windows 10 for Christmas!

      In any event, once the new membership scheme becomes available I’ll be donating and following it all with interest. I wish the whole combined team (including the Secrets admins for whom I have a lot of respect) all the very best with the venture.

      One suggestion if I may: As part of the “palliative care on the demise of Windows 7” can we please have coverage of how to retain Windows 7 with the minimum risk, but also a beginner’s guide to Windows 10 as many Windows 7 users will want to switch belatedly to Windows 10 and won’t have followed all the comings and goings with that OS since its inception so talk about its myriad of versions will mean nothing to them. Of course, I’ll also have the book by then!

      Finally, this seems as good an opportunity as any to thank Woody and the whole team together with fellow commenters both here and at Windows Secrets for all their past efforts, and to wish them and their families a very happy Christmas and a healthy, happy, and successful New Year!

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        MrJimPhelps
        AskWoody_MVP

        As part of the “palliative care on the demise of Windows 7” can we please have coverage of how to retain Windows 7 with the minimum risk

        Seff, that is a good suggestion, because I know there are a lot of people who want to do just that.

        There is already a lot of info along those lines scattered around various forums at AskWoody. I believe the thing suggested most often is to install Linux as your host OS, and then install Windows 7 as a virtual machine within Linux. If you have enough memory (at least 8GB) in your machine, AND if you have a W7 license which will allow you to activate Windows in a VM rather than on the PC itself, you will be good to go for a very long time.

        Another thing very often suggested is to install Windows 8.1 as your host OS, and then install one of the add-ons to make it look and feel just like Windows 7. This will buy you an additional three years of support from Microsoft (till Jan 2023).

        I’m using both methods at home on two separate computers. Both methods work very well, just depends on your preference.

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        • #241547 Reply

          Seff
          AskWoody Plus

          Thanks Jim. I appreciate your thoughts.

          I’m more interested to be honest in how best (if it’s feasible at all) amateur home users can stick with the system they know and like, rather than having to hide it behind an entirely different system. If I am going to use Windows 8.1 then I’ll switch to that instead of Windows 7, not in addition to it. I have no more interest in Linux than I have in starting to learn at my time of life about virtual machines etc. I either want to maintain my present system with minimum risk, switch to Windows 8.1 (which is only a temporary workaround rather than a permanent solution) or bite the bullet and accept the inevitability of moving to Windows 10. I think of it this way – I’m a simple computer user and I want to use my computer in a simple way!

          Your ideas make perfect sense for the more knowledgeable users, and it may be that a couple of complimentary guides will be needed for both categories of user. Or it may simply be that the less knowledgeable among us will simply have to accept the inevitable and embrace Windows 10. My current thinking is that I will probably look to replace one of my two home computers next year anyway and will use that as the opportunity to look at Windows 10 and familiarise myself with it before I end up having to make an overall decision on how best to proceed at the end of the year.

          Thanks again.

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          • #241586 Reply

            Anonymous

            Or it may simply be that the less knowledgeable among us will simply have to accept the inevitable and embrace Windows 10. My current thinking is that I will probably look to replace one of my two home computers next year anyway and will use that as the opportunity to look at Windows 10 and familiarise myself with it before I end up having to make an overall decision on how best to proceed at the end of the year.

            Dare I suggest an IMac solution?  I cannot tell you how over the moon I am with my IMac — very short learning curve and zero monthly MS Defcon headaches.  I purchased the cheapest model @ $1,000– if it is in your budget it sure takes all the stress away.

            On another note:  As a rather Newbie here I was not familiar with the older incantations but please add me to all the well-wishers for the new Woody’s.  🙂

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            • #241615 Reply

              woody
              Da Boss

              I’m getting a lot of mileage out of my Chromebook.

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            • #241716 Reply

              Seff
              AskWoody Plus

              My problem with options like IMac, Chromebook and Linux etc is that my main computer use is state-of-the-art online gaming.

            • #241804 Reply

              AlexEiffel
              AskWoody_MVP

              For state of the art gaming, I think the next few years will be on Windows 10, so you are pretty much stuck with that.

              If you want to game on 10 while doing everything else not on 10, you could buy an HD switch as suggested by MrJimPhelps here. Then, you basically have 2 computers in one, with not even a Meltdown side-channel vulnerability type risk between the two. You boot the computer you want and that’s it. If you do a gaming session, you boot 10. If not, you boot something else. This might or might not suit your needs. I wouldn’t run an out of support 7 for my more serious computing needs. Maybe it would be a good way to try Linux without having to learn about VM. If you mostly browse and want to avoid Windows snooping as much as possible, it might be worth a try. And some efforts are made to bring gaming to Linux, Valve has an interest in this, so you might be ready for later, but that later might come a lot later or never.

               

    • #241489 Reply

      anonymous

      NO NO NO…I have become to use to this format. Usually go to something new means bugs , crashes, errors, etc which I am to ready to deal with.
      Will it still allow anon posting? I do not trust any site with my info. Will I have to set up a fake account with fake info to post now? I already hundreds of accounts to keep track and change once get too much spam or other issues…..Please do not change.

      • #241513 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        The AskWoody Lounge will change, but you’ll recognize it immediately. No format changes. We’re keeping the bbPress engine, and we’re geared up for a big increase in volume.

        Bugs, crashes, errors? Yeah, probably. I’m not perfect. But I think they’ll be brief and handled by a very competent team.

        Anonymous posting – yep. That was one of the crazy things I insisted upon. Windows Secrets doesn’t allow anonymous posts. I think it’s important that people be able to post anonymously, for all sorts of reasons. (You ‘Softies will certainly understand.) Every anonymous post will be vetted, as they are now. It may take longer for anon posts to appear, depending on volume, but we’ll keep you anonymouses plugged in.

        That said, it’s a whole lot easier to maintain a conversation with a nonymous poster. I continue to urge everyone to get a username, by hook or by crook, and use it.

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        • #241565 Reply

          NetDef
          AskWoody_MVP

          . . .  there are times when a post that informs needs to happen, but it should not/cannot be credited  . . .  😉

          ~ Group "Weekend" ~

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    • #241504 Reply

      JohnW
      AskWoody Plus

      ^^^ Well there is always at least one, LOL! 🙂

      Exciting new!  Looking forward to the expanded version with more expert contributors & content!!!

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    • #241505 Reply

      geekdom
      AskWoody Plus

      These changes are very exciting and I look forward to them.

      Group G{ot backup} Win7 · x64 · SP1 · i3-3220 · TestBeta
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    • #241521 Reply

      Mr. Natural
      AskWoody Plus

      The more things change, the more they stay the same. I was a subscriber to Windows Secrets when Brian was running the show as well as LangaList. Great to hear and thanks to all of you for the hard work you have done for many, many years and continue to do so. All of you have educated me and made my job a lot less troublesome over these many years. Your contributions have been and will continue to be invaluable to all of us adventuring in tech land. I hope everyone contributes whatever they can here and support these legends of tech. It’s worth every penny.

       

      Red Ruffnsore reporting from the front lines.

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    • #241529 Reply

      OscarCP
      AskWoody Plus

      Great news, and very pleased to read that there will be a separate DEFCON for every version of Windows (for those still supported, I suppose?).

      Also, not too clear on this point: Will there be an annual subscription that has to be renewed and paid for every year, e.g. via PayPal, or it will continue to be supported with donations? (I donate every year, anyway, but this question might be asked also by others here.)

      Also, as I prefer not to get a lot of emails and warnings, since I visit the site regularly to see what is going on, is there going to be a choice to opt-out of such emails? Regardless of such emails, I still intend to donate or else pay a subscription, if the first, however large, did not count towards the other. That said, I would like to still be able to get the emails people receive when a new thread is started outside the Main Page by one of the loungers, and also the notices that there are messages waiting for me to read them.

      Well, that is a lot of questions, so I’ll be happy with just a couple being answered.

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      • #241616 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        I’m skittish about offering “lifetime” Plus memberships, given the headaches in the past. So at least for now, your membership will expire after a year. But the same rule applies – donate what you think a year’s worth of help is worth.

        Every sign-up dialog has an opt-out checkbox for the Newsletters and Alerts. The email notifications you’re talking about are part of the WordPress/bbPress feature set, and they won’t change.

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    • #241538 Reply

      CADesertRat
      AskWoody Plus

      I too was a subscriber to WS + the newsletter starting back when Brian et al was on WS. I carried a newsletter subscription up until July of last year but dropped it when most of the info in it was of no use to me, especially at the price they went to.

      I’m still over there a lot (under a different user name than here) and I do like the format of the WS site (once they got it back to normal after the big hack). It will be interesting to see how this all turns out and I would certainly donate if things look good.

      My question would be, since I use different user names on each site (here and WS), how will that work? Will I need to re subscribe after choosing one of the user names?

      Thanks for the good news Woody and get BUSY 🙂

      Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does 🙂
      Grp. A with 2 Win 7 Pro, also 2 Win 10 Pro currently 1803 (1 Desktop, 1 Laptop).

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        woody
        Da Boss

        I’m still working with the devs on this. It’s going to be a thorny problem.

        Right now, I’d suggest you use your AskWoody username. Then we’ll bring over your posts on Windows Secrets under your old name – but I don’t know if we’ll be able to merge them.

        There’s an inherent hurdle. Windows Secrets Lounge is built on vBulletin. AskWoody is built on bbPress. Two very different animals. I don’t think there’s any way to transfer passwords from one system to the other – so we’re going to have a very fun time with that.

        I’m setting up a team to staff the CustomerService@askwoody.com email address, but we’re all venturing into uncharted territory.

        EDIT Oopsie found – email address should be CustomerSupport@AskWoody.com

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        • #241623 Reply

          CADesertRat
          AskWoody Plus

          That’s why I was asking the question as I have a long history over there and would hate to lose it. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this is going to shake out.

          Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does 🙂
          Grp. A with 2 Win 7 Pro, also 2 Win 10 Pro currently 1803 (1 Desktop, 1 Laptop).

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            woody
            Da Boss

            I think I’ve found a solution. We bring the Windows Secrets stuff over with your old user name, then I can manually delete the old user name and assign all of the posts to your AskWoody user name.

            Drop me a line when we’re merged. It’ll be a while still.

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            • #241763 Reply

              CADesertRat
              AskWoody Plus

              Sounds like a lot of work for you but that may be a solution to the problem. There may be others also that have the same problem.

              Thanks

              Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does 🙂
              Grp. A with 2 Win 7 Pro, also 2 Win 10 Pro currently 1803 (1 Desktop, 1 Laptop).

            • #241865 Reply

              CADesertRat
              AskWoody Plus

              “Drop you a line” where? Other than posting on here, I wouldn’t know where to contact you personally. I don’t do Twitter, FaceBook, etc. so that’s out. I never looked around the site to see if there is a contact email for you, LOL.

              Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does 🙂
              Grp. A with 2 Win 7 Pro, also 2 Win 10 Pro currently 1803 (1 Desktop, 1 Laptop).

            • #241886 Reply

              PaulK
              AskWoody Lounger

              1 – Woody@askwoody.com

              2 – Click on the Direct Message tab at the top of the page.
              He can be reached at both ‘Admin’ and ‘Woody’.

              https://www.askwoody.com/frontpm/?fepaction=directory
              https://www.askwoody.com/frontpm/?fepaction=directory&feppage=27

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    • #241554 Reply

      Cybertooth
      AskWoody Lounger

      Lincoln Spector was one of my favorite contributors to the Windows Secrets newsletter prior to its decline (and his departure was one big reason for this decline). Is there a chance he might be rejoining the team on the merged AW/WS project?

       

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      • #241620 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        Good question. Not sure. Tracey is starting to line up his contributors even as we speak.

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    • #241562 Reply

      BobbyB
      AskWoody Lounger

      Great news looking forward to the new format so this is the Big Secret @woody mysteriously alluded to at the end of one topic preamble.
      Thought it was quiet round here just lately seems like all the action was behind the scenes I wish you all the best of luck as its sure to be a heck of a Migration. 😀

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    • #241572 Reply

      warrenrumak
      AskWoody Plus

      Nice, nice, very nice.  I’m still relatively new around the AskWoody community but I’m glad to see all this coming together in one place.

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    • #241582 Reply

      Joulia.S
      AskWoody Plus

      Great and most welcoming news…

      Always a pleasure and benefiting greatly from all you guys

      especially appreciative of and always bemused by the language you use Woody !

      Windows 7,Home Premium 64 bit - Lenovo laptop
      Group A - Intel (R)Core i7 Processors -

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    • #241595 Reply

      anonymous

      The band is getting back together.
      Thank you, each of you, for committing to this effort. It’s gonna be big. I am extremely grateful for the news, advice, and fellowship that I find in the lounge. Everything described is an additional benefit. Cheers to a smooth transition and a wonderful new year ahead.

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      • #241606 Reply

        CADesertRat
        AskWoody Plus

        +1 🙂

        Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does 🙂
        Grp. A with 2 Win 7 Pro, also 2 Win 10 Pro currently 1803 (1 Desktop, 1 Laptop).

    • #241607 Reply

      WildBill
      AskWoody Plus

      I believe Woody’s “Windows 8 All-In-One for Dummies” referred me to Windows Secrets. I was a freeloader for a few months before I decided to do the once-a-year subscription. When Penton/Informa took over & the Usual Suspects left, I let my subscription lapse. By then, I had been on AskWoody for a while. Sorry I hadn’t donated here, but when you setup a subscription for AskWoody Plus, I’m in!

      Windows 8.1, 64-bit, now in Group B!
      Wild Bill Rides Again...

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      • #241621 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        It’ll happen. Still ironing out the kinks, but by using off-the-shelf software with a minimum of customization, it looks very solid.

    • #241629 Reply

      alphacharlie
      AskWoody Plus

      This is all a nice Christmas present.  Over the years, I have appreciated and subscribee to all of the resources and experts mentioned above, at various times under various usernames.  The information provided has given me a couple of pretty stable decades of computing.  I am looking forward to the new regime!

      (I believe that there will be a new ASUS Chromebook AND a new Thinkpad X1 Carbon under the Christmas tree next week, finally replacing some really ancient hardware.)

      Many thanks to Woody and all the excellent contributors here.

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    • #241635 Reply

      marklang
      AskWoody Plus

      This is great news.   I became a lifetime subscriber to Windows Secrets many years ago, and it was invaluable until recently.   The AskWoody site with Susan has been a stopgap.  I did contribute because it is so needed with the disaster Windows has been in the last few years.   It is great to have the whole team back and get back to a new and improved combined product.  I look forward to even better things coming.

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    • #241639 Reply

      anonymous

      NO NO NO…I have become to use to this format. Usually go to something new means bugs , crashes, errors, etc which I am to ready to deal with.
      Will it still allow anon posting? I do not trust any site with my info. Will I have to set up a fake account with fake info to post now? I already hundreds of accounts to keep track and change once get too much spam or other issues…..Please do not change.

      Well there is always at least one, LOL! 🙂

      Exciting new!  Looking forward to the expanded version with more expert contributors & content!!!

      No. .. there is always two or three that do not like change. I am second no changes to this site please…..

      Bugs, crashes, errors? Yeah, probably. I’m not perfect. But I think they’ll be brief and handled by a very competent team.

      No one is perfect. But my rule is if it works, do not touch it. If is broken, than fix it. MS should have follow that rule and left Windows 7 alone. That was the last best OS ever made by MS.

      – Signed anonymous #2

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    • #241645 Reply

      Bill C.
      AskWoody Plus

      This is outstanding news! My first tech book was Windows Secrets long ago. It was very helpful and sparked a long interest. Add that legacy to what I consider my first go to site (right here at AskWoody.com) on Windows (and other systems and issues) and I see a great opportunity.

      I hope this will be a Happy New Year as you bring up hte new format.

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    • #241652 Reply

      Mr. Natural
      AskWoody Plus

      Do you remember when…uh …when Woody announced he was revealing a treasure trove of lost information and merged his old forum with WS and allow search engines to find that info?….. uh that was pretty awesome.

      Red Ruffnsore reporting from the front lines.

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    • #241663 Reply

      snalmond
      AskWoody Lounger

      Yaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!

      Windows Secrets resuscitated and improved as a blended part of Ask Woody Plus… Woody, Fred, Susan,,,  and the original bunch on  board!

      That’s great news and, from the perspective of a Windows Secrets subscriber and AskWoody reader, it’s warmly welcomed.

      Steve

       

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    • #241684 Reply

      James Bond 007
      AskWoody Lounger

      I have never been to Windows Secrets in the past, but am certainly interested to see what this merge will bring about.

      As to the “demise of Windows 7”, well for me it won’t be a demise. I WILL continue to run Windows 7 (and Windows XP), in VMware virtual machines and/or by itself. I am fully prepared to switch to Windows 8.1 as I already installed it on each of my Windows systems alongside Windows 7, but will keep a Windows 7 partition to run even after the end of support for Windows 7 in January 2020. I have bought keys for VMware Workstation 15 and VMware Fusion 11 Professional during the Black Friday sale, and will use them once I decide it is time to shift to Windows 8.1 and MacOS Sierra / High Sierra as my main OS.

      I will stay away from Windows 10 for as long as possible.

      Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.

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    • #241718 Reply

      pkoryn
      AskWoody Plus

      Great news, Woody!  Will be looking for the payment info for the Plus membership and will gladly join.  This site has been a godsend to so many for so long and now it will be even better (if such a thing is possible)!

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    • #241748 Reply

      anonymous

      No one is perfect. But my rule is if it works, do not touch it. If is broken, than fix it. MS should have follow that rule and left Windows 7 alone. That was the last best OS ever made by MS.

      Agree. When things are changed, it break more than fixes things. Look at how MS is all _____________ (fill in what ever word you want) with Windows 10, updates etc…Hopefully this site will not be broken for days or months after this new implementation.

      • #241857 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        If it’s even down for hours, I’ll be pulling my hair out.

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    • #241762 Reply

      davews
      AskWoody Plus

      Another Windows Secret subscriber until Penton spoiled it and let my subs lapse – and subscriber to Woody’s newsletters before that. This is certainly good news and I await developments. Have just sent a small donation to Woody.

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    • #241840 Reply

      DrRon
      AskWoody Lounger

      I have every one of the Langa List archives stored and backed up on my XP SP3 machine.  I’m so excited to read the news.  I admit I did dream of a visit from a big yellow Harley one day.  Can’t wait to be a part of the new forum / newsletter.  Kinda feels like the Eagles Hell Freezes Over concert….

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    • #241910 Reply

      anonymous

      This is wonderful news. Until the latest issue of “Windows Secrets” with this announcement hit my inbox, I had intended to not renew my subscription. Now I definitely will renew.

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    • #241971 Reply

      petesmst
      AskWoody Plus

      Great news (how the wheel has turned!!)

      My Setup: Custom built: 4.00GHz Intel Core i7-6700K CPU; MSI Z170A Gaming Carbon Mobo (Military Class V); Win 10 Pro (64 bit)-(UEFI-booted); 16GB RAM; 500GB SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 NVME SSD; 512GB SAMSUNG 850 PRO SSD; Seagate 2TB Barracuda SATA6G HDD; 2 X GeForceGTX 1070 8GB Graphics Card (SLI); Office 2016 Prof (32-bit); Condusiv SSDKeeper Professional; Acronis TI 2019 Premium, Norton Internet Security, VMWare Workstation12 Pro). WD My Book 3 1TB USB External Backup Drive). Dell S2417DG G-Sync UHD Monitor.

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    • #320661 Reply

      anonymous

      Wonderful news. I was considering cancelling my subscribtion to Windows Secret as it wasn’t doing anything for me. Great!!!

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