By Brian Livingston
I promised in a special news update on Nov. 26 that I’d notify Windows Secrets paying subscribers this week about a free service we’ve added to our site.
Our free subscribers will get the word in a gradual series of e-mails to be phased across the week of Dec. 14–18, but until then you have a chance to take advantage of the resource all by yourself.
The treat I’ve been preparing for you all this year is a giant discussion board packed with tricks on using every version of Windows and almost every kind of software application you can think of. For more than a decade, the site has been called Woody’s Lounge — yes, the one that was started by our own senior editor, Woody Leonhard — but thanks to Woody, it’s now known as the Windows Secrets Lounge.
This is no ordinary chit-chat site. The Lounge is an incredible repository of Windows expertise. There are more than 700,000 posts in there, organized into some 125,000 threads. This immense knowledge base covers everything you need to know to make Windows and your apps work for you instead of against you.
I’m not going to go into the Lounge’s entire history right now. Let me just summarize by saying the board got its start around 1995 — even Woody himself doesn’t recall the exact date — and has had its ups and downs since then.