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     PKCano 2 years, 5 months ago.

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    • #61170 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      I’m baaaaaaaaaack. After a long hiatus, I’m very happy to say that I’m back writing for my favorite newsletter, Windows Secrets, and working with two
      [See the full post at: Windows Secrets Newsletter]

    • #61171 Reply

      Frd

      Hi Woody, perhaps I am not awake, but *where* can I subscribe for the newsletters?
      bit puzzled here
      regards

    • #61172 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      Wow. That post is eleven years old! Since then, Brian has gone on to writing about investing, Paul has formed his own publishing empire, and I’ve broken up with Windows Secrets entirely. The company, newsletter, and forum, were sold, first to iNet, then to Penton. I never made the leap to Penton.

      Windows Secrets Newsletter has gone from pay-what-you-want (a revolutionary concept created by Brian) to freemium, and it’s been intertwined with Penton’s other properties, including WinSupersite. Tracey Capen, Fred Langa and Susan Bradley now form the backbone of the organization.

      You can see where they are now at windowssecrets.com.

    • #67379 Reply

      TonyS
      AskWoody Plus

      I suspect this thread really can be retired!

      Win7 (both x86 & x64) Home Premium, Avast Free plus MBAM 3 Premium, PaleMoon not IE, OpenOffice not Office, Sumatra PDF not Adobe.
      • #67483 Reply

        Kirsty
        Da Boss

        With so many posts being brought in from over a dozen years of blogposts in the original format of AskWoody, several will now be irrelevant.
        With so much to do all at once, it may take a while to close off some older topics from new comments. Please bear with us, in this very exciting transition 🙂
        Great to see you are making good use of the new facilities.

      • #67510 Reply

        PKCano
        Da Boss

        Actually, the Windows Secrets Newsletter is still alive. It’s paid-for now though. http://windowssecrets.com/newsletter/get-the-most-out-of-windows-10-file-explorer/?utm_rid=CPNET000001180679&utm_campaign=3842&utm_medium=email&elq2=ff8acc237af445bda21c0c7c853f9a41
        Gives you access to the website and the archives for $.

        • #67802 Reply

          woody
          Da Boss

          Funny you should mention. Windows Secrets Newsletter has been mass mailing a promotional that points to a sign-up page. Of the six writers listed on the page, five (including me) no longer write for WSN. Tracey Capen quit a few months ago. Fred Langa is on extended leave. Robert Vamosi hasn’t written for WSN in five years, and Denny Arar quit three years ago.

          I’ve written to WSN and asked to have my name removed from their promotional material.

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          • #67866 Reply

            PKCano
            Da Boss

            It’s been getting less pertinent since it was bought, then started charging. There are still some meaty articles – and Susan Bradley’s info, of course.

          • #67874 Reply

            PKCano
            Da Boss

            Sent you an e-mail on this

        • #70010 Reply

          anonymous

          Actually, the Windows Secrets Newsletter is still alive. It’s paid-for now though.

          That’s what I thought too, but today they sent out an email with a link to a page that says you can subscribe for free. However, when you click the Subscribe button, you are taken to a page that asks you to log in or to set up an account if you don’t have one. But when you try to do that, you are presented with three paid-only subscription options and no mention of the free subscription. I’m not sure what they’re up to.

        • #89230 Reply

          rc primak
          AskWoody_MVP

          The Windows Secrets Newsletter itself is still being sent out for a required subscription fee of $25.00 per year. But there have been no posts to the Windows Secrets Lounge by column authors or editors since January, 2017. It appears that the newsletter is now read-only and the Lounge over there is defunct for all practical intents and purposes. Few people ever post anything there anymore last I checked in.

          With the opening of the AskWoody Lounge here, I think my dollars would be better spent contributing to AskWoody and Woody’s Lounge than messing around with a newsletter which no longer has contributors or articles which interest me. If we could somehow get Fred Langa to finish setting up his own forum, or maybe entice him to join us over here, and get Susan Bradley to contribute somewhere with free access or voluntary contributions, I would be happy.

          Susan’s patch watch is the only Windows Secrets feature I would miss. By itself, it isn’t worth the price of the subscription, especially with reader feedback eliminated now.

          Once I see that this Lounge is really up and running, my contribution will be on its way.

          -- rc primak

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          • #90937 Reply

            woody
            Da Boss

            I would be overjoyed if Fred and Susan dropped by. (Barb Bowman is already contributing.) My main problem is that I have no working capital – all of the contributions so far have gone into developing the Lounge – so I can’t afford to pay them…. assuming they’d want to jump on this rogue ship anyway. 🙂

          • #91546 Reply

            MrJimPhelps
            AskWoody_MVP

            In my opinion, the Windows Secrets Lounge / Forums is alive and well. Although apparently no WS columnist posts there, a lot of very gifted people post regularly.

            Group "L" (Linux Mint)
            with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
            • #91606 Reply

              woody
              Da Boss

              Quite true. I just don’t know if the folks there realize who they’re working for….

    • #68661 Reply

      PhotM
      AskWoody Plus

      Funny you should mention. Windows Secrets Newsletter has been mass mailing a promotional that points to a sign-up page. Of the six writers listed on the page, five (including me) no longer write for WSN. Tracey Capen quit a few months ago. Fred Langa is on extended leave. Robert Vamosi hasn’t written for WSN in five years, and Denny Arar quit three years ago.

      I’ve written to WSN and asked to have my name removed from their promotional material.

      I used to be a Zealous Reader and Supporter of WSn until Penton Bought and proceeded to do its greedy destructive approach. Susan Bradley always did an Awesome a Sissynced Column on Patching BUT there are so many other sources now including, Here and Patchmanagement List:

      http://patchmanagement.org/

      that I found I didn’t need WS so I never renewed!

      I am warming up to supporting Woody via PayPal which I did for others in Dec for the year….

      AskWoody is turning out to be an Awesome Replacement to WS, I am very impressed!!!!

      Best Regards,

      Crysta

      PS Woody, wasn’t “Tracey Capen” the founder of WS? If so, his quitting tells it all…..

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      • #69331 Reply

        TonyS
        AskWoody Plus

        Likewise. Penton ruined it and I didn’t renew when my last contribution ran out, preferring to support Woody. I was sorry to lose Susan Bradley’s column, but with W7 moving to new patching regime the contributors and posts on here have proved just as valuable if not more so.

        Thanks everyone!

        Win7 (both x86 & x64) Home Premium, Avast Free plus MBAM 3 Premium, PaleMoon not IE, OpenOffice not Office, Sumatra PDF not Adobe.
      • #70360 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        Nope, Brian Livingston founded Windows Secrets Newsletter – named after his book, “Windows Secrets.” He bought out my old Woody’s Windows Watch newsletter, then Fred Langa’s Langalist, then Gizmo Richards’ newsletter, turned it into a 400,000 circulation giant.

        The key, I’m convinced, is Brian’s approach to subscriptions. “Pay what you think it’s worth.”

        Brian dropped by the house a few months ago. He’s working on a financial planning book. His wife, Margie, is getting award after award for her artwork. They still live in Seattle.

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    • #77554 Reply

      owburp
      AskWoody Plus

      Back in May of 2016, I received this from Tracy Capen as part of a receipt for my lifetime subscription:

      Your paid subscription to the Windows Secrets Newsletter
      has an expiry date of 2211-05-16.

      Soon after that, Windows 8 came out and I found myself uninterested in leaving Win7. The newsletter became a quick skim and I looked only for articles that applied to Win7. And now with the emphasis on Win10, it’s been quite a number of months since I even opened any of the newsletters. I’ve been spending all my time here.

      • #79155 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        … and we’re all better for it!

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    • #92426 Reply

      ch100
      AskWoody_MVP

      Susan Bradley seems to keep the newsletter alive.
      Excellent article: How to De-Consumerize Your Windows 10 Machine
      Among many other things, will tell those with Home Edition about the limitations of that edition and why they are better off upgrading to Pro.
      Few essential settings are covered in detail.
      Very good reading for anyone interested in Windows 10.

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      • #92487 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        Just saw it.

        Yep, Susan hit it out of the ballpark again.

        The article came today as part of the (paid) subscription newsletter. The first part is available online.

      • #92499 Reply

        PKCano
        Da Boss

        I got it last night. +1 for Susan

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