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  • AskWoody FREE Newsletter launching today

    Posted on April 8th, 2020 at 07:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you haven’t yet signed up for the AskWoody FREE Newsletter — the gussied up, re-thought and re-targeted reincarnation of the old Windows Secrets Free Newsletter — now’s the time. We’re on track to launch the first edition today.

    To sign up, just fill out our signup form, and stand back.

    If you’re already a Plus Member, there’s no need to sign up for the FREE Newsletter — you already get all of the FREE content in the Plus Newsletter. But if you’re curious, go right ahead! Invite your Sainted Aunt Martha to join us, too.

  • Final beta test version of the FREE Newsletter headed out shortly

    Posted on March 30th, 2020 at 22:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’re just about ready to re-introduce the free Windows Secrets Newsletter.

    Now rechristened as the (what else?) AskWoody FREE Newsletter it’s, uh, free.

    Each week we’ll send out one full article from the Plus Newsletter, a recap of the latest happenings on the AskWoody web site (just like we have in the Plus Newsletter), and an offer for folks to join us as Plus Members. It’s a great way to sample what we’re up to, to see if it’s worth making a donation.

    If you’d like to take a look, please sign up. And encourage your friends to join us, too!

  • Help us test the new AskWoody FREE Newsletter

    Posted on March 20th, 2020 at 10:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’ve hit more than a few snags along the way, but all now seems set for the re-appearance of the old Windows Secrets Free Newsletter, now cleverly renamed the AskWoody FREE Newsletter.

    And, yep, it’s free – unlike the AskWoody Plus Newsletter, which goes out to folks who make a donation.

    For you Plus Members, it won’t have any remarkable new content — the main article in the FREE Newsletter will be one of the articles in the Plus Newsletter, and “Best of the Lounge” will come across — but it’ll be arranged a little differently. Most of all it’s an absolutely free way for folks to see what we’re all about. With a little luck, FREE subscribers will decide to donate — or at the very least, sign up here on AskWoody.com and join the merry, no-bull crew.

    If you’d like to help test, there’s a very simple signup form here. (Yes, we’ve brought across the signups from our last effort to get the FREE Newsletter off the ground. No need to sign up twice.)

    Expect the first, beta test version, to arrive in your mailbox later today.

    Your comments, criticisms, suggestions, and off-the-wall ideas are most welcome here in the comments.

  • The beta-test FREE newsletter is out!

    Posted on December 30th, 2019 at 17:55 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The next big thing at AskWoody? A free version of the weekly newsletter. Our thanks to the 400+ AskWoody members who volunteered to be beta testers.

    We plan to put out the first production issue on January 6 (Monday), along with the regular full issue. So we really need your thoughts, concerns, and suggested changes — soon!

    If you want to see the beta edition, but did not sign up to receive it by email, click here for the online version. If you want to get signed up for the Newsletter itself, fill out the signup form here.

    Thanks for your support!

  • Last chance to join the AskWoody Insider Program, er, sign up to beta test the FREE newsletter

    Posted on December 22nd, 2019 at 07:30 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Early next week (possibly on Monday) we’ll send out the first, trial edition of the AskWoody FREE Newsletter.

    For you Plus Members, it won’t have any remarkable new content — the main article in the FREE Newsletter will be the same as the main article in the Plus Newsletter, and “Best of the Lounge” will come across — but it’ll be arranged a little differently. Most of all it’s an absolutely free way for folks to see what we’re all about.

    If you’d like to help test, there’s a very simple signup form here.

    Your comments, criticisms, suggestions, and off-the-wall ideas are most welcome here in the comments.

  • Become an AskWoody Insider! Sign up to beta test the AskWoody FREE Newsletter.

    Posted on December 18th, 2019 at 09:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Sorry. Couldn’t resist the tease. What, 16 million Windows Insiders? Crimony, even Coca Cola has an Insider program now. Ahem.

    Although it isn’t Inside much of anything, we’re currently scurrying behind the scenes to revive the old Windows Secrets Free Newsletter.

    Rechristened the AskWoody FREE Newsletter, we’ll largely borrow from the old format. Each issue will appear shortly after the Plus Newsletter, and each will lead with the first article from the Plus Newsletter. We’ll also have thumbnails of the other articles, pointers to what’s happening on the AskWoody site, and instructions for signing up — both for the AskWoody Lounge web site, and for the AskWoody PLUS Newsletter.

    Our goal is to give people a reason to become Plus Members, make it easy for people to check out the Newsletters and point their friends to the source, and (if history is any indication) get the word out to many more people. Free.

    Nothing else will change. Everybody will have access to all of the old Newsletters except the most recent ones (which are Plus Member only). Plus Memberships will continue to be based on the donation model — you don’t have to pay $39 or $59 to join Plus.

    The databases will be maintained separately. You can be both a Plus Member (and thus an AskWoody Plus Newsletter subscriber) and a FREE Newsletter subscriber at the same time. You don’t have to sign up for an AskWoody account in order to get the FREE newsletter. The databases all operate independently.

    Timing is up in the air at this point, but I hope to get a couple of test mailings out later this year, with an eye to (hopefully!) going live on January 6. That’s the one-year anniversary of the AskWoody Plus Newsletter.

    If you’d like to help us test the FREE Newsletter, we have a simple sign-up form.