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  • AskWoody Plus Newsletter — 2019 articles

    Posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 01:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yearly TOC

    We know that you have your AskWoody Plus newsletters safely tucked away in your email archives.

    But that’s not an easy way to locate specific articles that you might want to read through again. So here’s the full list for 2019.

    Thanks for your ongoing support!

    16.47.0 — 2019-12-23
    Windows 7 Bradley Hunting for an elusive Win7 ESU license
    From the Publisher Leonhard A big year for AskWoody — and a bigger one to come
    LangaList Langa “Battery-limiting” apps help enforce the 80/20 rule
    Best Utilities McElveen Freeware Spotlight — Folder Painter
    16.46.0 — 2019-12-16
    Google Chrome OS Raphael The Chrome OS FAQ, Part III: You’ve got a Chromebook. Now what?

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.5.0 (2020-02-03).

  • Let your PC start 2020 right!

    Posted on January 13th, 2020 at 01:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Fred Langa

    Taking a little time now to thoroughly check and proactively service your Windows PC can pay off big-time in the coming year.

    This easy-to-follow annual checkup is preventive medicine that can help ensure that your PC begins 2020 in the best shape possible!

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.2.0 (2020-01-13).

  • Running down bugs in our renewal notice system

    Posted on January 4th, 2020 at 10:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We just hit one year of AskWoody Plus memberships, and newsletters. And the bugs are crawling out of the woodwork.

    For some reason I have yet to discern, many of you are getting renewal notices, even though you’ve already renewed. Rest assured that the membership expiration date that you can see in the upper right corner of this site (after you’ve logged in) is the one we have on file.

    If you got an erroneous renewal notice, could you forward it to me?

    Oh boy.

  • The beta-test FREE newsletter is out!

    Posted on December 30th, 2019 at 17:55 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The next big thing at AskWoody? A free version of the weekly newsletter. Our thanks to the 400+ AskWoody members who volunteered to be beta testers.

    We plan to put out the first production issue on January 6 (Monday), along with the regular full issue. So we really need your thoughts, concerns, and suggested changes — soon!

    If you want to see the beta edition, but did not sign up to receive it by email, click here for the online version. If you want to get signed up for the Newsletter itself, fill out the signup form here.

    Thanks for your support!

  • No AskWoody Plus Newsletter today

    Posted on December 30th, 2019 at 07:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    As announced in last week’s issue, this is a bye week for the AskWoody Plus Newsletter. We’re all spending time with friends and family — and swearing over getting relatives’ machines fixed. Just like you.

    We’ll be back next week with a whole bunch of interesting stuff that you can’t find anywhere else.

    By the way… if you aren’t receiving the Newsletters, log in to this site with your account and check the box in the upper right corner. If it shows that you’re a Plus Member, and you aren’t receiving weekly newsletters, something’s gone awry. Drop me a message at

  • Last chance to join the AskWoody Insider Program, er, sign up to beta test the FREE newsletter

    Posted on December 22nd, 2019 at 07:30 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Early next week (possibly on Monday) we’ll send out the first, trial edition of the AskWoody FREE Newsletter.

    For you Plus Members, it won’t have any remarkable new content — the main article in the FREE Newsletter will be the same as the main article 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.

    If you’d like to help test, there’s a very simple signup form here.

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

  • Become an AskWoody Insider! Sign up to beta test the AskWoody FREE Newsletter.

    Posted on December 18th, 2019 at 09:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Sorry. Couldn’t resist the tease. What, 16 million Windows Insiders? Crimony, even Coca Cola has an Insider program now. Ahem.

    Although it isn’t Inside much of anything, we’re currently scurrying behind the scenes to revive the old Windows Secrets Free Newsletter.

    Rechristened the AskWoody FREE Newsletter, we’ll largely borrow from the old format. Each issue will appear shortly after the Plus Newsletter, and each will lead with the first article from the Plus Newsletter. We’ll also have thumbnails of the other articles, pointers to what’s happening on the AskWoody site, and instructions for signing up — both for the AskWoody Lounge web site, and for the AskWoody PLUS Newsletter.

    Our goal is to give people a reason to become Plus Members, make it easy for people to check out the Newsletters and point their friends to the source, and (if history is any indication) get the word out to many more people. Free.

    Nothing else will change. Everybody will have access to all of the old Newsletters except the most recent ones (which are Plus Member only). Plus Memberships will continue to be based on the donation model — you don’t have to pay $39 or $59 to join Plus.

    The databases will be maintained separately. You can be both a Plus Member (and thus an AskWoody Plus Newsletter subscriber) and a FREE Newsletter subscriber at the same time. You don’t have to sign up for an AskWoody account in order to get the FREE newsletter. The databases all operate independently.

    Timing is up in the air at this point, but I hope to get a couple of test mailings out later this year, with an eye to (hopefully!) going live on January 6. That’s the one-year anniversary of the AskWoody Plus Newsletter.

    If you’d like to help us test the FREE Newsletter, we have a simple sign-up form.

  • Resolving Windows network-connection problems

    Posted on November 11th, 2019 at 01:15 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Lance Whitney

    Troubleshooting networking issues in Windows 10 can be a maddening process. When your PC refuses to make a connection to the Web, Windows’ built-in diagnostics tools can help.

    But when troubleshooting, it’s also useful to have some understanding of how Windows networking works. Firewalls, network adapters, and various properties and settings all play a part in whether you have a fully functioning Ethernet or wireless connection.

    This topic can be deep and complex, but here are some basic diagnostic steps that you should try first.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.41.0 (2019-11-11).