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    Susan Bradley

    Susan Bradley, Publisher

    Windows Secrets’ and AskWoody’s 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 is moderator at and in real life she manages a fleet of business systems (servers, workstations, several clouds and even iPhones) at a California accounting firm. Susan is a Microsoft Security MVP and regularly writes about security at and at Computerworld.

    Will Fastie, Editor in Chief

    Will has been a Windows user since Version 1.0. Trained in computer science at Johns Hopkins University, he has held positions as a transaction processing systems programmer, magazine editor, newsletter publisher, Wall Street analyst, CTO and systems consultant. His editorial experience includes writing one of the earliest reviews of the IBM PC for Creative Computing magazine, followed by a stint as Creative’s regular columnist writing IBM Images. He then became editor-in-chief of the award-winning PC Tech Journal and wrote regularly for PC Week, PC Magazine, Electronic Business, PCjr Magazine, and others. He writes irregularly on his personal Web site and just before becoming editor contributed several articles to AskWoody. Will has programmed in nearly 30 programming languages during his career. Since 2005, he has been developing Web sites for small business owners and has become expert in the major Web technologies, writing a proprietary, light-weight content management system.

    Photo of Roberta ScholzRoberta Scholz, Senior Copy Editor

    Roberta joined the Windows Secrets crew in 2008 after careers in teaching and publishing. After a brief hiatus during the Penton years, she gladly returned in 2019 to work with Tracey and the rest of our contributors at the newly configured AskWoody. She values the quality and work ethic of our staff as much as she appreciates the intelligence and esprit de corps of our readers, who are always ready to help each other. A UC Berkeley graduate, Roberta has extensive training in foreign languages, which translates into searching for precision and clarity in all writing. She enjoys gardening and family time and has been a dedicated rower for over 25 years.


    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 for all Fred’s current projects.

    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 and Brian’s mission is to reveal financial technology to the rest of us.

    Deanna and Randy McElveen

    Deanna McElveen

    Freeware experts Deanna and Randy McElveen are celebrating over a decade running, over two decades in the computer business, and even more than that 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 squeeze in a couple more decades doing the same.


    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.


    The Forum



    AskWoody MVP since the Forum 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 forum furniture.


    Woody Leonhard

    Woody Leonhard, Publisher

    Perennial (and retired) Windows gadfly, Woody has written or co-written dozens of books about Windows, Office, and personal computing. He is a founding veteran of Woody’s Windows Watch, the founder of, and the savior of Windows Secrets Newsletter when he acquired it from Penton in 2019. He was a regular contributor to Computerworld. And when not tilting at WINdmills — with varying degrees of success — he led 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.

    Tracey CapenTracey Capen, Editor-in-Chief

    We thank Tracey Capen for his long and distinguished run as the newsletter’s editor-in-chief from 2010 through 2020, starting with the Windows Secrets Newsletter and, after a brief break and begging from Woody, returned to the helm of the AskWoody Plus Newsletter in 2019. He 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.

    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 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 — 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.
    • 2020 – Woody Leonhard retires to a tropical location after surviving the Pandemic year.
    • 2021 – Susan Bradley takes over the mantle of the site and welcomes Brian Livingston back along with Fred Langa, Deanna McElveen and the rest of the AskWoody contributors to continue the excellent tech information provided over the years.

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