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  • The site’s about to get a mild makeover

    Posted on January 11th, 2019 at 13:43 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We aren’t yet ready for the full rollout, but things are stable enough to get the Plus Memberships going – and to start taking down the ads.

    In the not-too-distant future we won’t have any “automatic” ads, although we may have a few ads from individually vetted sponsors.

  • Gremlins again – various roles are bumping up and down

    Posted on January 10th, 2019 at 18:10 admin Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Transitions are so much fun.

    We just imported a whole bunch of new members, to hook them up to the Plus Membership/subscription software. In the process, the various roles — AskWoody Lounger, AskWoody_MVP and others — have been jumping around like a Willys in four wheel drive. At this moment, your role may or may not be working. It should settle down overnight.

    Gremlins. Or gamma rays. Probably both.


  • A special thanks to last year’s AskWoody donors

    Posted on January 10th, 2019 at 11:41 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’re almost ready to roll out the AskWoody Plus membership system. Still have one technical hurdle — a bug in one of our partner’s signup routines — but it’s getting there.

    Before we go into high gear, I wanted to give a special shout-out to those of you who contributed to AskWoody last year, or earlier this year. Your name (or an Anonymous hash mark) should appear on the Thanks, Patrons! list — and if you donated before the 3rd edition of Windows 10 All-In-One For Dummies went to press, your name’s also on the thanks page in the book.

    For those of you who donated in the past year, I’m offering a free one-year AskWoody Plus Membership. I’ll have more details about Plus later this week, but for now suffice it to say that it includes a one-year subscription to the AskWoody Plus Newsletter (a revamped and greatly expanded version of the Windows Secrets Newsletter) plus a one-year subscription to AskWoody Plus Alerts (the email notification many of you have requested that goes out when there’s an important news story). We’ll have more benefits, but those are the immediate ones.

    If you donated to AskWoody in the past year, and you want to claim your free one-year AskWoody Plus Membership, here’s what you need to do:

    • If you have an AskWoody username and password, use it to log on. (If you forgot your password, use the Lost Password link in the upper right corner.)
    • If you don’t have an AskWoody username and password, create a new one using the Register link in the upper right corner of this page. (You’ll have to respond to an email that confirms your email address.)

    Once you’re logged on, click on this link:

    At that point, you can choose any contribution amount and click Join Plus Now.

    Up at the top, where it says Have a coupon? click on Click here to enter your code.

    Enter the coupon code


    Then click Apply coupon. It’s a 100% discount coupon.

    IMPORTANT: Make sure you use a “real” email address, so you can receive your Newsletters and Alerts.

    You’ll end up with a free one-year subscription, with our compliments. If we have any questions, we’ll email you.

    Thanks once again for keeping us at AskWoody afloat. We couldn’t have done it without you.

    UPDATE: We now have direct credit card support. That was the last big stumbling point. Watch for the rollout shortly.

    Didja notice the new Newsletter/Alerts and About menus, up above?

  • AskWoody’s security certificate is back and all is well in this, the best of all possible worlds

    Posted on January 9th, 2019 at 06:35 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    … with apologies to Leibniz.

    Good news on the Plus Membership front, too. The bugs are disappearing slowly. More info shortly, I hope.

  • AskWoody Plus Newsletter delayed

    Posted on January 7th, 2019 at 09:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Bugses. My life is filled with bugses. (Credit: Welta Digital via Wikipedia)

    In spite of the efforts of many people over a long (and lost) holiday, we didn’t make the cutoff to get the AskWoody Plus Newsletter — formerly the Windows Secrets Newsletter — out the gate this morning.

    There are lingering technical problems. And a couple of software manufacturers who aren’t co-operating. Microsoft’s bugs are bad enough, but some of the ones I encountered in the past few weeks put our woes here to shame. I should write a book.

    Anyway, if we’re lucky, we’ll have the newsletter out tomorrow morning. And if a %$#@! credit card processing company can get its act together, I’ll publish more details about Plus Membership — and signing up for the newsletter — later today.

    Stay tuned.

  • Merry (Orthodox) Christmas!

    Posted on January 6th, 2019 at 19:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Քրիստոս ծնավ և հայտնեցավ: Մեզ և Ձեզ մեծ ավետիս:

    Did you know that Eastern Orthodox and Coptic Christians fast for 40 days before Christmas — which falls on December 25 on the Julian calendar?

  • AskWoody Plus coming soon

    Posted on January 5th, 2019 at 12:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m having trouble getting the credit card payment processing connected. PayPal is working, but it’s triggering a “recurring payment” that expires after 1 occurrence.

    Computers. You gotta love ’em.

    Hang loose. Enlightenment approaches. Or, at least a little bit of bug catching.

  • An update on the Windows Secrets/AskWoody transformation

    Posted on January 2nd, 2019 at 15:54 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’ve been busy over the holidays….

    I hope to have the new Plus Membership routine up and working by tomorrow. Once we’re set for Plus donations (remember, you get to choose how much), I’ll post instructions, then slowly dismantle the advertising on AskWoody, and keep my fingers crossed.

    Tracey Capen is working furiously on the first AskWoody Plus Newsletter, which is on schedule for an early Monday morning release. All of the original crew is back — Brian, Susan, Fred and Tracey — and we have some original surprises afoot as well.

    Once again, sit tight. The transition won’t happen overnight, and the first few days (weeks? months?) are bound to be overwhelming, at least on this end. There’s a dynamite tech team pulling this through, and the software foundation’s rock solid.

    If we need you to do anything, we’ll let you know.

    The transition won’t be easy, but the results will be worth it. Guaranteed.