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  • Coming soon to a forum near you

    Posted on October 2nd, 2021 at 23:13 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Youtube demonstrating the changes

    Here’s a sneak peak of upcoming changes to the forum. We’ ve got a new “skin” on the forum that will make it easier to start new posts. Up at the top of each location will be a spot to click to jump to make a new post.

    We will be getting rid of that confusing “comment” link that never went anywhere.

    Click below on the funky url to check out the changes!

    Test of the new forum

    And when do we plan to make the change?

    Why October 5th of course!  If Microsoft can roll out a change, so can we!  Stay tuned!

    P.S. want to know how to change the colors for links on a web page to what you want? There’s lots of ways to do it. Some are with the use of addons, some you can use the accessibility feature to enable different colors.

  • Got your Plus newsletter now?

    Posted on September 27th, 2021 at 15:55 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So hopefully by now you have received your PLUS newsletter for the week. First, apologies. For some unknown reason that I’m unsure of at this time,  Mailchimp flagged our Plus newsletter account and would not send out the emails last night. They finally unblocked the account around noon pacific time, but for a while there I was considering alternatives.

    When I reached out to Mailchimp the issue they said was “As you know, this was a pause by Omnivore, our automated abuse-prevention system, and was done out of caution, rather than for correction. It scans account and campaign content, and prompts human review so we can determine whether correction is needed, or, as is the case here, all’s well.”

    Okay so how much do you want to bet that a software update nailed us? Sigh.  Apologies again, sorry for the inconvenience, we should be fully back to mailing you properly now. Remember stay tuned for the MS-DEFCON 4 to go out this week.

     

  • Missing your Plus newsletter?

    Posted on September 27th, 2021 at 10:39 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So are we.  Apparently we are in the dog house (or rather Chimp house?) and it was not sent out last night as it was supposed to be.  We have a support ticket open with Mailchimp and as soon as the issue is resolved we’ll be sending out the newsletter.  Until then, remember you can read it online here.

    Then clearly if we didn’t have enough troubles we accidentally put the subject line of “Plus” in the “Free” newsletter.  So if you got a “plus” newsletter and couldn’t get to any of the paid links, it’s because it REALLY was the Free newsletter.

    I know.  It’s a Monday.  Apologies for the mess, we’ll get it straightened out.

  • Doing a bit of re-organizing

    Posted on June 10th, 2021 at 15:59 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m doing some reorganizing of the side menu to make the site better in the long run.  First off thank you to all that make the forums a happy and healthy place.  But…. and there’s a but coming… but that happy and healthy means that we have a LARGE database. Over a million entries and counting.  As we grow there are certain functions that cause a real drag on the database – and one of them is the “recent replies” widget.  Because it was on every page and on every view, every time it causes a query to be run. You can only imagine that as we grow bigger …. well you get the idea. Bottom line in the background it’s been giving us headaches over the last few weeks. So for now I’ve rearranged the widgets on the side to remove that offending one so it doesn’t trigger the database errors we’ve been seeing.

    So here are some alternative ways to view the forums:

    First I moved up the search for topics menu and the ones I’d recommend are “New posts: Last day”  or “Recently active topics

    Remember too as you post a question to either tick the box “Notify me of follow-up replies via email” or – if you just want to watch the topic and not post, remember to click subscribe at the top of the topic.  Either method will ensure that you get an alert when someone someone posts.

    As always THANK YOU to all and everyone for making this a fantastic and helpful site!

  • AskWoody Improvements

    Posted on April 5th, 2021 at 01:08 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    EDITORIAL

    Will Fastie

    By Will Fastie, Editor

    We continue to make changes to AskWoody, to make it easier and faster for you to use.

    Susan Bradley and I have been subscribers to AskWoody and its predecessors from the get-go. And we’ve both been contributors, Susan for a very long time and I for about a year. We’ve been on the outside looking in, but that’s been reversed: we’re now the ones behind the curtain.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.12.0 (2021-04-05).
    This story also appears in the AskWoody Free Newsletter 18.12.F (2021-04-05).

  • Woody Leonhard – A new life in paradise

    Posted on March 15th, 2021 at 01:08 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
    AskWoody Plus Newsletter Logo
    ISSUE 18.10 • 2021-03-15

    PROFILES

    Chris Husted

    By Chris Husted

    Is he having fun yet?

    Late last year, after 28 years of publishing everything everyone needed to know about Windows, esteemed AskWoody founder Woody Leonhard retired. He disappeared from our screens, but never drifted far from our thoughts. That voice we had grown accustomed to, calling out Windows for its shortfalls – sometimes with a roar, sometimes a grumble, but never a whimper – had gone.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.10.0 (2021-03-15).
    This story also appears in the AskWoody Free Newsletter 18.10.F (2021-03-15).

  • Temporarily putting the site in maintenance mode

    Posted on February 28th, 2021 at 11:37 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’re working on the missing replies issue.

    Hang loose.

    The site is a bit bumpy right now as the indexing is going on in the background so again your patience is appreciated.  

    Shhh I think we’re somewhat back to normal.

  • Try to fix one thing, break another

    Posted on February 24th, 2021 at 20:33 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Long story short we were trying to fix an issue with a duplicating post and ended up causing issues with the replies. You may not see any replies, or you’ll see some of them. <sigh> It’s an indexing issue.

    We have someone looking at it overnight (pacific time) so bear with us.

    As always thank you for your understanding.

    Update, just to assure everyone your posts are all still here it’s just an issue with the indexing which then causes the view to not be correct especially if you are an anonymous viewer. We’ve tested the solution and are just coordinating a time for when the fix will be done on the live site.  (Probably Saturday as that’s when the bbpress expert has time set aside).  At that time we’ll put the site in maintenance mode so you can’t post to it.

    Update II:  Indexing fix is scheduled for Sunday morning Pacific time.  Once again thank you for your patience.

    Once again thank you for your understanding and patience.

  • Changes to policies

    Posted on February 21st, 2021 at 12:05 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    “We are trying to build a gentler, kinder society, and if we all pitch in just a little bit, we are going to get there.”

    Alex Trebek said that in his final episode and it’s encouraged me to ask everyone here to make a slight change in the Lounge/Forum.

    I wanted to update you on a slight change in the policies on the venue.

    Posts and Privacy

    I’ve made a change to item number 3:

    3.  No politics and religion.

    So why are we changing this policy?  As a person in business for many years, the topics of politics and religion have been always considered to be something personal and not suited to be discussed on a site intended to be more technical than social.  Because these topics tend to cause topic drift I feel that at least for the foreseeable future I would prefer that this is a “free zone” where we all can come together and know that these topics won’t be causing a lack of civility.

    Sometimes we will have articles that deal with real-life issues that affect us all, such as the intersection of law and technology. Such topics can easily slip into a political discussion but we ask that your commentary remains polite, respectful, unbiased, and factual.  That sort of commentary is to be encouraged

    Anyone violating the terms of the Posts and Privacy rules will be dealt with accordingly.

    I want to thank everyone participating on the site for encouraging, embracing and enhancing our educational and technical topics on this site.  Rants (complaints) forum about technology will still allow you to complain about technology.  However I will suggest that taking a hammer to your old hard drive not only to ensure that it’s properly destroyed for security purposes, will also make you feel better than ranting.  Seriously, I can confirm this after many years working with computers.  The Fun Stuff venues are still available for your use to also relax after dealing with annoying technology.

    Also be aware in regards to 8. Before posting a link or question, search the site first

    There are two new boxes on the side of the site. One searches the postings on the site. I called it searching the “newsletters” as it will let you search for past newsletter stubs as well as the blog posts.  I’m going to be working on getting a more advanced search that will allow you to target *just* the posts or *just* the newsletters, but this is a short term workaround that I hope you’ll accept until I get a long term solution in place. The second search box allows you to search the forums/lounge. Because the site is in reality three parts – the “blog posts”, the newsletter posts and the forum/lounge we have to have multiple search tools. I’m hoping long term to get a unified search but again, hopefully this is a good compromise for now?

    Thank you to everyone and thank you all for your expertise and sharing of information.

  • Can you check your user name?

    Posted on February 19th, 2021 at 20:33 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Can you do me a huge favor? For those of you that frequent the forums, I need you to make sure that your user profile name is not your email address. If it is, email me at sb@askwoody.com and I’l change it for you.

    To check it easiest way is to hover over your name in upper right.  If you see your name or a word, then you are set.  If you see your email address up there, we need to get it changed.

    I think everyone that actively comes here have been fixed, but if you would be so kind to double check?  If you DO see an email address up there, remember to send me an email and we’ll get you fixed up.  This is to ensure that your email address is protected better from anyone trying to harvest info from the site.

    P.S. Another way to check is to go here and see what the Username field has.

  • Giving you the choice

    Posted on January 17th, 2021 at 12:26 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m trying a test to see if I can get a better feel for bots and spammers on the site and where they come from.  When you come to the site you’ll notice a new box at the bottom about google analytics.  Note that you can click on that box to opt out.  Also know that if you log in to the site the tracking is disabled as well.

    Let me know if this impacts any anti tracking plug ins you use?

    (edit – I moved it to the top to make it easier to see)

     

  • What do you want?

    Posted on January 11th, 2021 at 00:50 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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    CHANGE

    What do you want?

    Nice to meet you, how do you do?

    Thank you. To the over 4,000 AskWoody newsletter readers who answered our first-ever survey, thank you for taking the time to let us know what you want and don’t want. We were surprised and enormously grateful for the tremendous response.

    The survey is now closed, giving me the opportunity to share some of the results with you.

    Your use of Microsoft operating systems is in line with what the larger Microsoft ecosystem is using. In the larger Microsoft population, nearly 90% are using Windows 10. So, too, are AskWoody readers (91 percent are using Windows 10). The AskWoody readership represents a slightly greater number of users of Windows 7 (12.9 percent) versus the larger population (8.5 percent). Windows 8/8.1 users are in the distinct minority with approximately 3 percent in both the larger Microsoft user base and the AskWoody readership.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.1.0 (2021-01-11).