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    This topic contains 28 replies, has 13 voices, and was last updated by  AusJohn 7 months, 2 weeks ago.

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    • #167145 Reply

      anonymous

      Have not been able to get to windowssecrets.com for several days, appears to be down. It has been throwing a “Error 503 Backend fetch failed” error. isitdownrightnow.com says it has been down for more than a week.

      Does anyone know what’s up?

      Thanks!

    • #167176 Reply

      PKCano
      AskWoody MVP

      We have heard this is true, but so far don’t know the reason.

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      • #167194 Reply

        satrow
        AskWoody MVP

        It’s been down for some 30+ hours now, over the previous two weeks or so I had seen daily outages that might have lasted 10 to 30 minutes or so.

        The owners were contacted yesterday, their technicians have been alerted, all we can do now is wait.

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        • #167677 Reply

          ScotchJohn
          AskWoody Lounger

          It’s still down.  Have Penton shoved their unloved child over a cliff?

          • #167729 Reply

            satrow
            AskWoody MVP

            From my limited 3rd-hand info, the trigger was likely a hardware error.

            Penton haven’t owned it for some time, Informa are the current owners.

    • #168694 Reply

      Charlie
      AskWoody Lounger

      It’s still down. Have Penton shoved their unloved child over a cliff?

      Makes you wonder doesn’t it.  I can’t imagine why Penton/Informa would consider the very popular, informative, successful WSL site an unloved child.  Even more so, I can’t imagine why they are keeping the site administrators and moderators in the dark!

      Win 7 Home Premium, x64, Intel i3-2120 3.3GHz, Group B

    • #168956 Reply

      Charlie
      AskWoody Lounger

      My post above refers to the Windows Secrets Forum (commonly called the Lounge), not the Windows Secrets Newsletter.  This is for those who keep getting the two confused.   🙂

      Win 7 Home Premium, x64, Intel i3-2120 3.3GHz, Group B

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      • #169135 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        For what it’s worth, Windows Secrets Lounge started out as WOPR Lounge, renamed Woody’s Lounge, back in the ’90s. When Brian folded Woody’s Windows Watch into Windows Secrets Newsletter, he renamed “Woody’s Lounge” as “Windows Secrets Lounge” or, occasionally, WSN Lounge.

        The WOPR Lounge was built by Eileen Wharmby and Claude Almer, back when building a site took an enormous amount of talent and perseverance. Eileenslounge.com split off from Windows Secrets Lounge back in 2010 and it’s still going strong. HansV has been the driving force behind Eileen’s Lounge since forever.

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    • #169123 Reply

      anonymous

      Seems that Windows Secrets is not a priority for Informa. Will it ever return?

      Cheers, Paul

    • #170685 Reply

      tjchan
      AskWoody Lounger

      The website is back up today, it appears.

      • #170694 Reply

        woody
        Da Boss

        Yep, I just logged in.

      • #170731 Reply

        Charlie
        AskWoody Lounger

        The Newsletter (Home) page comes up okay, but the Lounge page is still giving an error message and looks to be far from “back to normal”.  Hopefully this will change.

        Win 7 Home Premium, x64, Intel i3-2120 3.3GHz, Group B

        • #170938 Reply

          Cybertooth
          AskWoody Lounger

          That’s still the case today. The WS home page loads, but the Lounge is still throwing an Error 404.

           

    • #170766 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody Lounger

      Whilst it’s now using HTTPS I’m still getting “Your connection is not secure. The owner of windowssecrets.com has configured their web site improperly.” It appears the site now has a certificate issued by Amazon on 18th Feb to a *.windowssecrets.com sub-domain.

      If I (temporarily) add an exception, the content of the forums’ home page is unformatted. I’ve tried two devices, 3 browsers, cleared caches, cookies (and certificates) to no avail. I’ve asked for an update ‘cos it’s not at all clear what’s going on.

      • #170779 Reply

        CADesertRat
        AskWoody Lounger

        Same here Rick. I’m using chrome and I still get the same “Your connection is not private” no matter if I try the forums or WS .com. Nothing has changed for me except the old “Backend fetch failed” no longer appears.

    • #171345 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody Lounger

      I’ve just had an update that ‘specialist database repairs are now ~90% complete’. This means that the Windows Secrets Lounge forums should be back up and running soon.

      Windows Secrets newsletter subscribers will be getting another update email soon with information about expanded/extended content/subscriptions.

      Hope this helps…

    • #171607 Reply

      anonymous

      I’m getting a new message now, with the Penton logo. It basically says it’ll be up soon.

    • #171857 Reply

      AusJohn
      AskWoody Lounger

      I’ve just tried the Windows Secrets site again, and voila!

      It’s actually up and running, no security certificate warnings, although still no new content.

      Last newsletter listed is from 08 February 2018.

      AusJohn

    • #171951 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody Lounger

      Another baby step forward… the site configuration issue now appears to be resolved and I no longer to make the site an exception (I use Firefox) to get past the previous ‘insecure’ error. The WSL forums home page is still showing a 404 – Page not found error though.

      I note that the Windows Secrets site’s certificate is now from Amazon and appears to be an annual one (13 months, actually) rather than the previous 3-month certificates from Let’s Encrypt… so I’m going to take this as an additional good sign. 🙂

    • #172577 Reply

      ScotchJohn
      AskWoody Lounger

      Windows Secrets Lounge is back up, but the only new posts are from SuperSite for Windows; we need some real humans to start posting there again.

      Wow, that was a long down time!

    • #172624 Reply

      RetiredGeek
      AskWoody MVP

      I still can’t log in. Tells me my password is incorrect. Also the Lounge Page will not come up in HTTPS! ?

      HTH

       

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

      • #172646 Reply

        CADesertRat
        AskWoody Lounger

        Same here RG. Password is incorrect, not a secure site. It reminds me of the overhaul that they recently did before this debacle.

      • #172754 Reply

        satrow
        AskWoody MVP

        It’s been rolled back to the beginning of June last year (2017-06-01), which has resulted in a mess.

    • #172706 Reply

      EspressoWillie
      AskWoody Lounger

      Face it, let’s just get everyone over here!!

      Cheers!!
      Willie McClure
      www.datarim.com
      Talk's cheap, takes money to buy whiskey.
      • #172726 Reply

        AusJohn
        AskWoody Lounger

        Hi,

        Don’t mean to brag, but all’s good down here. 🙂

        Password is fine, secure site, and can access ‘Newsletters’ (although the last one showing is 8 February 2018), and Forum (although the latest messages are dated May or June 2017).

        Cheers,

        AusJohn

    • #172938 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody Lounger

      I’ve just had another update (after I asked whether there was any news).

      It’s been acknowledged there were far more issues than expected getting the site back up and the IT team is still working on the issues I mentioned (i.e. site not secure and appears to be a very old backup).

      On the newsletter side, the editor now has access again so new newsletters and content are expected. Subscribers will be getting an email update with offers of extended content and subscriptions.

      The text further acknowleged how painful this has been for forum members/newsletter subscribers and ended with regret about the time this has taken.

      If I get any further updates then I’ll pass it on.

      Hope this helps…

      I note that, using Firefox, the site shows as insecure and I cannot access it with a test account I created *after* the site went from HTTP to HTTPS. This leads me to believe that it’s a pre-HTTPS backup that’s been restored. If so, then there may well be issues if, as RetiredGeek noted (Hi RG 🙂 ), you do change your site access password then a post-HTTPS restore is made.

      I’m going to hold fire for another day or two and hope that an HTTPS restore appears.

      (I’m confused why AusJohn reports secure site, no issues. My memory is poor but I seem to remember a date of 30th June 2017 as the day WSL moved to HTTPS.)

      Hope this helps…

      • This reply was modified 7 months, 2 weeks ago by  Rick Corbett. Reason: Corrected typo
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    • #173065 Reply

      AusJohn
      AskWoody Lounger

      Would you believe it? I’ve just received a Windows Secrets Newsletter – “Five Easy Pieces – Windows Utilities I Couldn’t Live Without”.

      Unfortunately, from my point of view, there’s no improvement over the more recent ones; still a majority of MS Office, rather than Windows, articles.

      Hopefully everyone else who’s anxiously awaiting the newsletter receives theirs as well.

      AusJohn

    • #173074 Reply

      AusJohn
      AskWoody Lounger

      * Follow up to my last post *

      Sorry, my excitement was a little premature.

      Although there’s been some progress, there are still plenty of bugs in the system.

      1. The link in the newsletter, to the web version, brings up the newsletter for 6 February 2018 instead of the 6 March 2018 edition.

      2. The link in the “first page” of the newsletter web version, to “Show all articles on a single page”, is broken; that is, it doesn’t work.
      I’m only able to get the four articles one-by-one, not all on the one page.

      AusJohn

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