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Daily Archives: December 18, 2019

  • Become an AskWoody Insider! Sign up to beta test the AskWoody FREE Newsletter.

    Posted on December 18th, 2019 at 09:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Sorry. Couldn’t resist the tease. What, 16 million Windows Insiders? Crimony, even Coca Cola has an Insider program now. Ahem.

    Although it isn’t Inside much of anything, we’re currently scurrying behind the scenes to revive the old Windows Secrets Free Newsletter.

    Rechristened the AskWoody FREE Newsletter, we’ll largely borrow from the old format. Each issue will appear shortly after the Plus Newsletter, and each will lead with the first article from the Plus Newsletter. We’ll also have thumbnails of the other articles, pointers to what’s happening on the AskWoody site, and instructions for signing up — both for the AskWoody Lounge web site, and for the AskWoody PLUS Newsletter.

    Our goal is to give people a reason to become Plus Members, make it easy for people to check out the Newsletters and point their friends to the source, and (if history is any indication) get the word out to many more people. Free.

    Nothing else will change. Everybody will have access to all of the old Newsletters except the most recent ones (which are Plus Member only). Plus Memberships will continue to be based on the donation model — you don’t have to pay $39 or $59 to join Plus.

    The databases will be maintained separately. You can be both a Plus Member (and thus an AskWoody Plus Newsletter subscriber) and a FREE Newsletter subscriber at the same time. You don’t have to sign up for an AskWoody account in order to get the FREE newsletter. The databases all operate independently.

    Timing is up in the air at this point, but I hope to get a couple of test mailings out later this year, with an eye to (hopefully!) going live on January 6. That’s the one-year anniversary of the AskWoody Plus Newsletter.

    If you’d like to help us test the FREE Newsletter, we have a simple sign-up form.

  • Microsoft blinks: MS Security Essentials will be supported after Win7 hits end-of-life next month

    Posted on December 18th, 2019 at 07:43 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    At least, that was the promise.

    Nobody’s fixed the official documentation yet.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • LastPass to be acquired, taken private

    Posted on December 18th, 2019 at 06:42 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    LogMeIn Inc — the maker of LogMeIn and LastPass — announced yesterday that it will be acquired by two private equity firms.

    Martin Brinkmann has the details on ghacks.

  • Parmar: A fix for the bug(s) in Win10 1909 File Explorer is on the way

    Posted on December 18th, 2019 at 06:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    While there have been bugs and complaints about the latest version of Win10, version 1909, the one that keeps coming back revolves around Search in File Explorer.

    Mayank Parmar just posted an article for Windows Latest that boldly predicts Microsoft will fix the problem in January.

    In the changelog of Windows 10 20H1 Build 19013, Microsoft noted that it has resolved an issue where it is not possible to set focus to File Explorer’s search box… It’s worth pointing out that Build 19013 was shipped to testers a few weeks before the [Win10 1909] November 2019 Update release.

    The implication being that Microsoft knew about the bug(s), knew they were in Win10 1909, had two chances to fix it (in the November and December Patch Tuesday volleys), and simply didn’t.

    Tell me again how Windows patching is getting better…