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  • The new management wants to get to know you

    Posted on December 20th, 2020 at 21:15 Tracey Capen 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 Susan Bradley 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 changing of the guard at

    Posted on November 8th, 2020 at 21:20 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Woody Leonhard

    I’m retiring.

    But AskWoody marches on — in new but familiar, and highly capable, hands.

    I was nudged into retirement by a combination of medical concerns, family obligations … and a screaming desire to turn my attention to interests outside the computer industry.

    So it’s my great pleasure to announce that Patch Lady Susan Bradley will be taking up leadership of the cause — as major-domo of, as managing editor of the AskWoody Newsletters, as guiding light of the @AskWoody twitter charge — and, most importantly, as a spiritual advisor to gazillions of disenfranchised Microsoft customers. She also has a new column in Computerworld: Microsoft Patch Lady.

    I’ve known and worked with Susan for decades, and she is as familiar to long-time Windows Secrets subscribers as a favorite old hat. Part of the original Windows Secrets team and a regular contributor to the AskWoody newsletter, she also moderates the mailing list and writes pivotal security columns for the CSO website. In her day-job guise, Susan is an IT admin and forensic investigator at a well-known CPA firm.

    We’ve always known Susan for her perspicacious pursuit of patching problems … and their resolution.

    What a long and strange trip it’s been

    Life’s changed in extraordinary ways since my first “meatspace” book “Windows 3.1 Programming for Mere Mortals” (Amazon) appeared 28 years ago. Windows has evolved from a rickety infrastructure built on top of a wobbly operating system to a wobbly operating system in its own right.

    I don’t miss the original bug-ridden incarnations of Windows. But I do miss the fire and vision that drove the unqualified success of Windows XP and Win7. And I’ll continue to rail against the flaws that are introduced — and sometimes re-introduced — with every round of updates.

    Microsoft has a long history of Windows patching issues. Some things never change, eh?

    On a personal note, I’m back in Thailand. We survived two weeks of quarantine and are now free to visit family and friends all over the country. I think of it as an extended vacation, camping out while the U.S. struggles with the pandemic. Eventually, we’ll be back in the States, but the “when” is an open question.

    Most importantly, rest assured that the “Open for business” sign remains lit at AskWoody. And we’re still standing up for the little guy. I’ll continue to drop in from time to time — just to contribute my two cents. But the ongoing effort to guide and help all personal-computer users is now in new and much more capable hands.

    So long to all AskWoody supporters. I’ve already been warned by Susan that I must pop in every now and then to offer insights about technology outside of the Redmond bubble — better known as the real world we all actually live in.

    And thanks for all the fish!

  • A big year for AskWoody — and a bigger one to come

    Posted on December 23rd, 2019 at 01:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Woody Leonhard

    Wow! I’m amazed by how far we’ve come in just a year.

    Back in January, we began the daunting task of merging Windows Secrets with AskWoody, starting with a re-launch of the weekly newsletter.

    Then, over the following months, we brought over almost all Windows Secrets Lounge posts (more than a million questions and answers) and converted all Windows Secrets Loungers to AskWoody members — now numbering almost 140,000. Although it took longer than expected, we also imported and reposted the entire back catalog of Windows Secrets Newsletters (17 years of them).

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.47.0 (2019-12-23).

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