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    Tracey Capen

    Tracey Capen

    AskWoody Plus’s editor in chief has had a long love/hate relationship with personal computing (and technology in general). In college, he was required to learn Fortran using punch cards — it didn’t go well. But then personal computers arrived, and everything changed. Since those pioneering days of Commodore 64s, CP/M, DOS, Apple, and Windows, Tracey has been managing editor at InfoWorld, senior editor of Corporate Computing, executive editor at PCWorld, and editor in chief of Windows Secrets (twice). He’s also worked as a boat builder, carpenter, SCUBA instructor, photographer, and numerous other odd gigs. He lives on Winter Creek Farm, on Washington State’s fabulous Olympic Peninsula.

    Fred Langa

    Fred Langa

    Award-winning writer and LangaList creator, senior contributor Fred Langa has been tinkering with tech — primarily personal computing — since PCs crawled out of the primordial digital ooze. Fred was editor of Byte Magazine from 1987 to 1991, and editorial director of CMP Media until 1996, where he oversaw Windows Magazine and other publications. His Langa List newsletter/column has had an avid following for over two decades, and he’s one of the founding members of the original Windows Secrets newsletter. He’s also a world-ranging traveler — in some cases on two wheels. In fact, his famous “House calls” articles combined cross-country motorbike tours with personal PC-troubleshooting visits to Windows Secrets readers. Check out Langa.com for all Fred’s current projects.

    Susan Bradley

    Susan Bradley

    Windows Secrets’ first and only Patch Watch columnist, Susan — aka the Patch Lady, SBSDiva, Small Business Susan, and others — has made it her mission to help small businesses manage technology and digital security. She cut her teeth on Basic in high school and then progressed (or regressed) to Cobol in college. But then the PC revolution kicked in, and she’s been wrangling personal computers ever since. She remembers the infamous Code Red/Nimda days, and she recalls exactly where she was when SQL Slammer hit — while trying to buy something on eBay and wondering why the Internet was so slow. She was a co-author of Windows Server 2008 Security Resource Kit and Small Business Server 2008 Unleashed. In real life, she manages a fleet of business systems (servers, workstations, and even iPhones) at a California accounting firm. Susan is a Microsoft Security MVP and regularly blogs about small-business issues.

    Brian Livingston

    Brian Livingston

    Entrepreneur and best-selling journalist Brian Livingston has spent decades revealing the dark corners of technology. He has co-authored 11 Windows Secrets books and penned thousands of articles. He spent 12 years as a contribution editor at InfoWorld and created Brian’s Buzz. He co-founded the award-winning Windows Secrets Newsletter, serving as its editor from 2004 through 2010. More recently, he turned his investigative skills to finance as author of the new book and newsletter, Muscular Portfolios (2018). He is also a business columnist for MarketWatch.com and StockCharts.com. Brian’s mission is to reveal financial technology to the rest of us.

    Lance Whitney

    Lance Whitney

    Frequent contributor Lance Whitney is a freelance technology reporter and former IT professional. He’s written for CNET, TechRepublic, PC Magazine, and other publications. He’s authored a book on Windows and another about LinkedIn.

    Deanna and Randy McElveen

    Deanna and Randy McElveen

    Freeware experts Deanna and Randy McElveen are celebrating 20 years in the computer business, seven years running OlderGeeks.com, and 26 years of putting up with each other. Their computer store is in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks. Believing that happy customers are always the best advertisement, they hope to do it for another 20 years.

    The AskWoody Lounge

    @Kirsty

    @Kirsty

    AskWoody MVP since the Lounge launched in 2017, Kirsty is a business-administration whiz. Her perspective of computers as work tools drives her interest in helping end users have a productive, affordable, and secure computing experience. She came to AskWoody while researching Blue Screens of Death (BSODs) caused by installed updates — and never left. She’s now part of the AskWoody Lounge furniture.

    PKCano

    @PKCano

    Lounge administrator/moderator PKCano knows all and sees all. You’ve been warned.

    Workin’ both sides of the track

    Woody Leonhard

    Woody Leonhard

    Perennial Windows gadfly. Eponymous Factotum of AskWoody.com. Woody has written or co-written dozens of books about Windows, Office, and personal computing. Founding veteran of Windows Secrets and Woody’s Windows Watch. Along with his daily posts on the AskWoody Lounge, he’s a frequent contributor to Computerworld. And when not tilting at WINdmills — with varying degrees of success — he leads the task of keeping the AskWoody Newsletter and Alerts moving in the right direction. Woody has lived in many interesting places – and traveled in a few more. He now calls Tennessee home.

    Newsletter evolution

    • 1997 — Fred Langa starts the LangaList newsletter.
    • 1998 — Woody Leonhard starts the Woody’s Windows Watch newsletter.
    • 2003 — Brian Livingston starts Brian’s Buzz on Windows.
    • 2004 — Brian merges Brian’s Buzz and Woody’s Windows Watch to create the Windows Secrets Newsletter, named after Brian’s best-selling books.
    • 2004 — Woody starts AskWoody.com to broadcast news and advice on Windows and Office.
    • 2005 — Susan Bradley starts the Patch Watch column in Windows Secrets
    • 2006 — LangaList merges with Windows Secrets
    • 2008 — Gizmo Richards’ Support Alert Newsletter merges into Windows Secrets
    • 2009 — Windows Secrets takes the Woody’s Lounge website under its wing, becoming the Windows Secrets Lounge.
    • 2010 — Brian hands the editor-in-chief reins to Tracey Capen.
    • 2010 — iNet acquires Windows Secrets.
    • 2015 — Penton Media acquires iNet.
    • 2016 — Informa acquires Penton.
    • 2017 — AskWoody.com grows an appendage called the AskWoody Lounge, opening the site to contributions from everyone.
    • 2019 — AskWoody LLC acquires the Windows Secrets Newsletter, merging the Windows Secrets Lounge into the AskWoody Lounge and creating the AskWoody Plus Newsletter.