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  • Happy Thanksgiving, eh?

    Posted on October 14th, 2019 at 09:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I nearly missed it. Apologies to all Plusers of the Canadian persuasion. Excuse me. Sorry. My bad.

  • Update no update

    Posted on October 13th, 2019 at 06:52 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Saw this posted by DavidGman on Reddit. I’ll just drop it here and back away slowly….

  • Why are patches so bad?

    Posted on September 22nd, 2019 at 11:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I don’t think this is the whole problem. But it’s certainly part of the problem.

  • Any suggestions for our new FAQ?

    Posted on September 10th, 2019 at 07:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Several of you have, uh, gently reminded me that the Welcome! page on this site has become rather dated. It was written specifically to help Windows Secrets refugees get acclimated to AskWoody – and I think we’re largely over that initial whale hump now.

    I just posted a draft of a new site FAQ and I’d appreciate your comments. Keep a couple of things in mind:

    • The list isn’t definitive. Just the highlights. Shorter is better.
    • It has to be accessible to people who aren’t familiar with forums — and should be relatively easy for non-English-speakers.
    • Reassure people that the site is free, but that their donations are welcome (and needed!)

    Comments, corrections, additions?

  • A few notes for first-timers

    Posted on September 9th, 2019 at 11:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’re getting a whole new round of first-time posters. Not sure if it’s the newsletter that’s prompting folks to dig in here, or maybe it’s just folks getting back from summer vacation, but you’re most welcome!

    Some useful links:

    Don’t know where or what to post? Start here.

    Missing Windows Secrets? It disappeared in January. Gotcha covered.

    If you inherited a username that’s an email address (old Windows Secrets Newsletter subscribers were brought across that way), get yourself a “proper” AskWoody username. It’s free. It’s easy. You won’t lose your subscription…. and you can’t do it by yourself.

    Any other questions? Click Comment on the AskWoody Lounge (up above) and fire away…

    We were all newbies once.

  • World Central Kitchen

    Posted on September 4th, 2019 at 16:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

  • We’re easing into the Plus Membership benefits

    Posted on August 23rd, 2019 at 15:37 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Several of you have written to tell me that you can’t download Susan Bradley’s Master Patch List. There’s a reason for that.

    We’re gradually enforcing the Plus Membership restrictions: In order to get onto the Master Patch List page — and, soon, in order to download the latest Plus Newsletter and Alerts — you have to be a Plus Member.

    I’ve waited more than six months to clamp down. We’re starting now.

    If you want to get to Susan’s Master Patch List, or want to see the latest AskWoody Plus Newsletter, you need to:

    1. Sign up for an AskWoody account. That’s easy and free — just click Register.
    2. Log in using your AskWoody account.
    3. Sign up for Plus Membership.

    Keep in mind that we’re still on a donation model: You get to decide how much to pay for a one year’s Plus Membership. Really.

    The new Newsletter download page should be up early next week. We’ll bring over all of the old Windows Secrets Newsletters as part of the migration. Right now, it’s my intent to limit access to just the most recent Newsletter, and keep that block in place for a week. Everyone will be able to view or download every Newsletter except the most recent one — which requires Plus Membership.

    There are no plans to change our policy on Anonymous posting, or to limit the site in any other way. The big question is whether we can bring in enough revenue to keep the whole ship moving. And that, my friends, is up to you.

  • Think Chromebooks don’t work offline? Think again.

    Posted on August 8th, 2019 at 07:43 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    JR Raphael has an excellent article in Computerworld that explores how to set up your Chromebook so it’ll work offline.

    Yes, there are limitations. No, they aren’t as debilitating as you may think.

    I keep sayin’… for most people, a Chromebook is exactly what you need. Unless you have a very specific need for a very specific Windows-only program (and some of you do), you should seriously consider getting a Chromebook.

    I use mine all the time.