Now you can Digg this after you’ve Reddit

Brian livingston By Brian Livingston

We’ve added special links to help you use Digg, Delicious, Reddit, and other social-bookmarking sites to point to your favorite articles.

If you’re not yet using bookmarking sites, today would be a great day to start taking advantage of the wealth of content they bring together.

Bookmarking sites let you link to your favorites

Digg story A social-bookmarking site lets users save links to articles on the Web. Many such services show the most-popular articles at the top of the listings.

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We got a first-hand example of how this works when our Sept. 13, 2007, article, “Microsoft updates Windows without users’ consent,” rose to the No. 5 spot on the home page of, arguably the Web’s biggest bookmarking site. As of Sept. 26, our story (with 2,847 diggs) and a follow-up at ZDNet were still rated No. 2 and No. 1 among all stories about Microsoft published in the previous 30 days (image, left).

And that was before we’d even added links to Digg and other bookmarking sites to our top stories.

This week, associate editor Scott Dunn has an even bigger story — the fact that Microsoft’s silent update is actually preventing some Windows users from getting the latest security patches. Let’s all use Digg today to help others find this article on the Web, shall we? Scroll to the links

Social-bookmarking sites are as different from each other as snowflakes. They all, however, allow you to register as a user (it’s free) so you can see your favorite links from wherever you have Internet access. Some sites require a valid e-mail address to confirm your registration, but as far as we know, your personal information is kept private by these sites and isn’t given out.

The bookmarking sites that attract the most traffic include the following:

Digg, one of the 200 most-visited sites on the Web, according to Alexa, uses weighted voting to determine which stories rise to the top in eight major categories and numerous subcategories. More info, how to register (pronounced “delicious”) allows you to save and tag your favorite links, which you can keep to yourself or share with your friends or the world. More info, how to register

Reddit uses terser descriptions of articles than Digg, but encourages users to vote up or down on links, training the site to adapt to your likes and dislikes. More info, how to register

StumbleUpon offers nearly 500 topics to help users narrow their queries to the most relevant articles. More info, how to register

There are dozens of bookmarking sites, and it would be incredibly confusing for us to show icons and links to them all. For this reason, we’ve developed a link that lets you choose any bookmarking site you like:

Other takes you to a long list prepared by Once you register and indicate the bookmarking service you like, you won’t have to choose again. More info, how to register

Permalink shows you the permanent location of an article on the Web. This gives you a convenient way to send a link in an e-mail to a friend.

Initially, we’re offering links to Digg and other bookmarking services only at the end of our lead story. In the future, we hope to find a way to help you bookmark other stories and our paid content, too.

Fred Langa’s journey produces some great photos

Wild bison eyes fred langa Fred Langa, our editor-at-large, has finally come back from his five-month, cross-country motorcycle tour of the U.S. and Canada. His last article for Windows Secrets was on April 19, 2007.

In one of his adventures, Fred attracted the unwanted attentions of a wild bison (photo, left), which ambled within 4 feet of him. We don’t have a close-up of that moment, because Fred in his Bullfighter Red motorcycle outfit was wise not to make any sudden shutter-snapping movements.

Fred’s written a new series of eight columns documenting the technical support issues of Windows Secrets readers who won Housecalls, personal troubleshooting sessions with the Master.

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Excel 2007 displays 65,535 as 100,000

Commenters in the microsoft.public.excel discussion forum revealed on Sept. 22 that Excel 2007 incorrectly displays floating-point numbers around 65,535 and 65,536 as 100,000. A Slashdot user, however, reports that the affected cells work correctly in formulas and graphs, despite the errant display.

Microsoft blogger David Gainer acknowledged the problem on Sept. 25 and said the Redmond company is working on a fix. Until then, watch out when calculating those big mortgage payments!

Brian Livingston is editorial director of and the co-author of Windows Vista Secrets and 10 other books.
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