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Daily Archives: March 20, 2020

  • Help us test the new AskWoody FREE Newsletter

    Posted on March 20th, 2020 at 10:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’ve hit more than a few snags along the way, but all now seems set for the re-appearance of the old Windows Secrets Free Newsletter, now cleverly renamed the AskWoody FREE Newsletter.

    And, yep, it’s free – unlike the AskWoody Plus Newsletter, which goes out to folks who make a donation.

    For you Plus Members, it won’t have any remarkable new content — the main article in the FREE Newsletter will be one of the articles in the Plus Newsletter, and “Best of the Lounge” will come across — but it’ll be arranged a little differently. Most of all it’s an absolutely free way for folks to see what we’re all about. With a little luck, FREE subscribers will decide to donate — or at the very least, sign up here on and join the merry, no-bull crew.

    If you’d like to help test, there’s a very simple signup form here. (Yes, we’ve brought across the signups from our last effort to get the FREE Newsletter off the ground. No need to sign up twice.)

    Expect the first, beta test version, to arrive in your mailbox later today.

    Your comments, criticisms, suggestions, and off-the-wall ideas are most welcome here in the comments.

  • Calling all Teams, Slack and Zoom gurus

    Posted on March 20th, 2020 at 10:03 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s lots of competition right now for free collaboration/meeting software.

    Microsoft says that use of Teams has spiked 40% in the past week.

    Slack says it’s added 7,000 new users in the past seven weeks.

    Zoom hasn’t released any usage numbers lately (at least none I’ve found), but I’m seeing lots and lots of references to it. Kids in my son’s school are all over it.

    And, yes, I know there’s Skype for Business and Cisco. Go boomers.

    Each is different, and there are certain situations where each has obvious benefits.

    What I want to know is if you have specific, real-world experience with any two of them and, if so, which did you end up using more frequently? Why?

  • Yes, you can install the latest Win7 security patches

    Posted on March 20th, 2020 at 09:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Even if you don’t have the official Extended Security Update package.

    @abbodi86 has details and a batch script that does the trick.

    No guarantee the script will work after this month’s crop of Win7 patches. But it works fine for now.