Daily Archives: January 9, 2023

  • Welcome to our twentieth year

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    ISSUE 20.02 • 2023-01-09


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Time flies.

    It seems like only yesterday. Out of the blue, I got an email from Brian Livingston, asking to meet with him while I was in Seattle attending a Microsoft event. Over dinner, he explained that he wanted me to write a column in the Windows Secrets Newsletter that would track issues with Microsoft patches and analyze their impact on PCs and their users.

    It was the dawn of “The Patch Lady.”

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.02.0, 2023-01-09).
    This story also appears in our public Newsletter.

  • Make Windows 11 as cool as your phone with Android apps


    Brian Livingston

    By Brian Livingston

    After many, many requests, Microsoft finally added the capability to run Android apps when it released Windows 11.

    Every iPhone and Android phone user knows how convenient it is to carry in your pocket or purse any number of apps that bring you weather, traffic, emails, texts, games — even rocket science, if that’s your thing.

    However, unlike the ease of use of a smartphone — where you can install virtually any app with just a few clicks — Windows 11 presents you with a series of “gotchas” that can discourage even the biggest Microsoft fanatic from adding an Android app.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.02.0, 2023-01-09).

  • Note to Congress: Please try to keep up


    Max Oppenheimer

    By Max Stul Oppenheimer, Esq.

    That’s a big ask.

    In a previous column, I explained why law always lags technology.

    To summarize, case law is by definition reactive. Courts don’t go out and look for cases; they wait for someone to be upset enough to bring one to them. Legislatures can be proactive, but they can’t act until they realize there’s a problem to be acted upon. So it is not surprising that new issues will arise, and we will need to be patient while solutions are agreed upon.

    But …

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.02.0, 2023-01-09).

  • Dymo declines


    Will Fastie

    By Will Fastie

    One of my favorite brands is headed for extinction.

    I don’t think I’ve ever been as dismayed with a Christmas gift as I was a year ago. I just didn’t know it at the time. My wife gave me the gift because I asked for it, but even my reason for wanting it was askew.

    The gift? A Dymo LabelWriter 550 Turbo. Faster than a speeding bullet. Able to leap buildings in a single bound. And, designed to disappoint.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.02.0, 2023-01-09).