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  • Tech Author Brian Livingston returns

    Posted on January 8th, 2021 at 09:02 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

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    Tech Author Brian Livingston Returns as “Public Defender,” Weekly in


    Author of “Windows Secrets” and “Muscular Portfolios” is Back in Business, Solving Crimes of Technology at

    Well-known and sometimes beloved technology author and investigative journalist Brian Livingston has been appointed columnist at the Ask Woody newsletter. His new weekly column, entitled “Public Defender,” will offer insights to help consumers resolve technology frustrations.

    “If it’s irritating you, and it has an ‘on’ switch, I’ll take the case,” said Livingston. His first column will focus on the recent ruling that stops cable companies from charging customers a fee to use the equipment they already own. “I’ll go beyond reporting. I’m going to help solve the crime. In this case, you’ll get specific answers on how to easily fix the problem. I see myself as offering consumer protection from technology.”

    As technology continues its pervasive march into our lives, we are now not just frustrated and exasperated by Microsoft Windows, where Livingston spent his early career. Instead, we’re frustrated by our appliances, our tele-healthcare, and our watches. They’re all just technology, after all.

    The column can be read in the Ask Woody newsletter, which is free but supported by donations. It can be read at starting January 11, 2021.



    About Brian Livingston
    Mr. Livingston is an award-winning journalist with more than three decades of experience covering the tech industry. He founded the “Windows Secrets” Newsletter, which grew to 400,000 subscribers, and co-authored 11 books in the Windows Secrets series (John Wiley & Sons), which sold 2.5 million copies. In 2018, he turned his attention to the investment industry as a contributor to MarketWatch and StockCharts, and the author of “Muscular Portfolios.”

    About Ask Woody is a reader-supported website that focuses on news, tips, advice and support for Windows, Microsoft Office, personal computers, the Internet of things and other technologies. receives its support through reader donations. Readers can sign up for a free newsletter at

  • The new management wants to get to know you

    Posted on December 20th, 2020 at 21:15 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Susan Bradley

    As most of you should know by now, Woody Leonhard has retired from AskWoody operations, and I’ve taken over the reins.

    Transitions of this level are an excellent time to take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going.

    So I’d like to get to know more about you, the AskWoody member. And the best way to start that process is with a survey. I’d love to learn about the technology you’re using, what tech you’re interested in, and how the AskWoody newsletter can help you navigate our digital world.

    The survey — AskWoody newsletter – what do YOU want? — is quick and simple; it should take no longer than a few minutes.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.50.0 (2020-12-21).

  • Getting ready for changes

    Posted on December 20th, 2020 at 11:45 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For those of you that donate to the site, first off thank you.  Without you we wouldn’t be here.  As Woody and I (Susan) get ready for the official change over you’ll notice a few changes.  For those of you that donate by check there is a change of address where you mail your checks to.  For those of you that pay electronically – or has the cloud overloads do it automatically (better known as paypal automatic renewal) – there’s no need to do anything.  The “changeover” is done on the back side with nothing that you need to do on your side.

    One change will come this week that you will notice.  We’re getting ready to move to a new hoster so on Tuesday (I’ll let you know the exact time) you’ll see us go offline for a short time.   Fingers crossed (and in technology I cross my fingers and toes and eyes and hope for the best) everything will go smoothly with no hiccups.

    Again thank you all.  YOU are what makes this site successful.

  • A housekeeping note about the Free Newsletter

    Posted on July 21st, 2020 at 07:48 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The AskWoody FREE Newsletter went out about 12 hours ago, and there are several outstanding questions that keep cropping up. Here’s a quick FAQ:

    Why am I getting both the Plus Newsletter and the FREE Newsletter? That’s by design. You can keep your FREE Newsletter subscription as long as you like, even if you’ve made a donation and become a Plus Member. Some people find it worthwhile to have the FREE Newsletter to remind them that the full Plus Newsletter arrived earlier (spam filters are such a pain!). Others want to have something they can forward to friends. In any case, the two subscriptions are maintained in two separate databases. Neither affects the other.

    How can I change my email address on the FREE Newsletter? It’s a two-step process. You can click Unsubscribe in any FREE Newsletter and have your email removed from the list. (Or you can write to me and I’ll remove it.) But I can’t add a new address to the list – our list management software is very picky about new addresses, and it should be. If you want to subscribe to the FREE Newsletter, you (or everybody you know!) can head over here to our signup page.

    The FREE Newsletter is, uh, free. We don’t sell, rent, give away or otherwise monkey around with the mailing list. We support the FREE Newsletter by running one ad, at the top of each issue. It’s the only ad in all of AskWoody-dom.

    How can I ask a technical question? You can shoot email to me, but I’ll recommend that you post your question here on the site, so everyone can benefit. With well over 200,000 subscribers, you might imagine that I get a lot of questions. I talk about that in the FAQ. Posting questions (and viewing them and answering them) is completely free. No obligations at all.

    A shout-out to our Plus members. Thanks a thousand times over to our Plus Members – the ones with gold ribbons on their pictures/avatars. I know times are tight. Believe me, I feel it too. Donations have been running slow this summer — a natural consequence of the economic times, I s’pose. If you aren’t yet a Plus Member, please consider joining us. It’s easy – and you get to choose how much to pay.

    We run things differently around these parts.

  • ‘Moving house is great fun,’ said no one ever

    Posted on July 13th, 2020 at 01:15 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    ‘Moving house is great fun,’ said no one ever

    Fred LangaBy Fred Langa

    The Langas’ home and office relocation hits some snags, including fatal damage to 5TB of backup files.

    But after some detours involving both high and low tech, things are finally getting back to normal.

    Testing, testing … is this thing on? Aha, it is!

    Moving mishaps are inevitable, but I didn’t expect this: the destruction of my 5TB, daily-use, primary backup drive — a three-year-old, spinning-platter, external Seagate unit that was stuffed to the gills with incremental backups, my Win10 File History files, my software archive, and gigs and gigs of family photos.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.27.0 (2020-07-013).

  • The AskWoody FREE Newsletter just went out

    Posted on June 8th, 2020 at 14:35 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Issue 17.22.F just went out to 201,236 recipients.

    You can see the FREE newsletter here. (Yes, it’s available for everyone.)

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    To change your FREE newsletter email address, click Unsubscribe at the top of the newsletter to dislodge your old email address, then head over to the sign up page to add your new email address.

  • AskWoody FREE Newsletter 17.17.F is out

    Posted on May 5th, 2020 at 10:18 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you’ve subscribed to the AskWoody FREE Newsletter, you should’ve received a copy in the past 24 hours.

    If you’re curious, there’s a full version (Free, of course!) here. You can look at last week’s FREE Newsletter – and free copies of our older Plus Newsletters – here.

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