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Old 26. Jun 2009, 09:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Windows Secrets Newsletter just doesn't have the old magic

Gizmo, I so miss your old newsletter. I think I've given WS a good fair try now, almost a year I think, and its really not bad. It just doesn't have the same magic that your old newsletter had!
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Old 27. Jun 2009, 10:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Seconded! I used to get a surge of excitement every time I received a support alert newsletter, now its nothing like it was - the little snippets of freeware and tips were what made it special whereas now there are just long articles which, whilst interesting and evidently written by experts aren't as good as the old newsletters and aren't of any great interest to me - I'd use techcrunch for this kind of stuff.

Having said that, the RSS feeds and hot picks emails are great and I do look forward to reading them since they're similar to the old newsletter. Maybe you could offer these put into one monthly email - there are certainly enough of them and I'm thinking the infrastructure is already there? That would take us back to the good old days - your newsletter is the only thing I've ever subscribed to - granted it was outstanding value but to get me liking something enough to be prepared to pay for it is some impressive thing. Thanks!

Ooh here's another idea - lifehacker/gizmo partnership?! Some of your articles are quite similar - their hive five and new software coverage are all similar to what you do here at gizmo, though I generally turn to gizmo for a more comprehensive coverage of new software...

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Old 29. Jun 2009, 08:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I completely second what Quigrim and pmcmahon said above.
The old newsletter was the only one I looked forward to every month (and which I was ready to pay for). I read it completely from the first line to the last one.
Now, I have already three or more unread Windows Secrets Newsletters in my Inbox.
I think that says it all.

Fortunately there's still this useful site. At least keep up the good work over here.
Thanks Gizmo for letting us know about those small little apps that make our daily digital life easier (and even fun)

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Old 29. Jun 2009, 09:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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that Gizmo writes for Windows Secrets Newsletter, & his stuff, & Fred Langa's, is always worth reading.
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Old 03. Jul 2009, 09:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks guys for the kind words about the old newsletter; they are most appreciated.

But alas, that publication like Fred Langa's newsletter was simply unsustainable as a one man effort. In the end both Fred and I burnt out.

I put virtually all my time now into this site and this is sustainable. Not only sustainable but free. I feel much more comfortable with this than with my old newsletter where I forced to charge for premium content. On this site all content is free and that's the way it is going to stay.

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Old 05. Jul 2009, 08:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I too miss the old newsletter, but this site is still tops ... very useful and informative with well balanced reviews that cover needs of both experienced users and those just starting out.

In other words ... thanks!

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Old 05. Jul 2009, 12:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I miss the old newsletter too. When I heard how Gizmo was treated by Windows Secrets I just stopped going there, at least regularly, and haven't found anything to hold me on my few visits there since. I appreciate how things have to move on and how some things become too much for one man (or a few men) but I miss the old one really, really terribly. This is a great site, with great people, and I enjoy being part of it. (Although I wish I had more time to devote to it). I still feel that the old style newsletter had (has) its place in things. I waited eagerly each month for it to come out. (As did my 42 year old son). Everything for almost everybody was there in one place for one great read. Each month there was always something for you, whatever level of expertise you had. My son never visits here or the main site. He just waits for me to pass on any snippet I think is appropriate. He finds it too tedious and boring to plough through. I know the focus here is slightly different and its great on content but my point really is that its a shame someone couldn't take up the mantle that Gizmo left behind. Sorry, I'm rambling. To sum up: Windows Secrets - as far as I'm concerned - forget it. This forum and the main site - great stuff for those of us who want it. (I do, I do!). The old newsletter - equally great stuff and sadly missed. I only wish Gizmo had had the time to jot down the notes for the meat of the old newsletter each month and let one of us do the work of typing it up and putting it out. I would gladly find the time to do that but it would probably take too much of his time to collate the technical side of the notes to be put together. I read lots of similar but absolutely none has the interest and readability of Gizmo's. Why do all these folks with great ideas and talent always move on to their next (admittedly great) project and leave us with a sad sense of loss?
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In the UK at any rate around half the new restaurants go broke within two years. This isn't necessarily because the food is bad but because so many factors are involved with choosing where to eat such as accessibility and parking. Websites are pretty much the same so having survived through one full year already makes Gizmo Michelin Star material

Here we have top (freeware) food, great accessibility and with the forum, good parking too. These are the foundations to build on and all I would say is that many things might be possible for the future but we still need to concentrate on the here and now for a while longer.

Perhaps in a few months time a combination effort might be possible along the lines of the old newsletter but ultimately this will depend not just on user demand but the ability to deliver such a quality service reliably and effectively.
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Old 05. Jul 2009, 09:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Perhaps in a few months time a combination effort might be possible along the lines of the old newsletter
That would be great! (although I don't consider this as a promise )

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but ultimately this will depend not just on user demand but the ability to deliver such a quality service reliably and effectively.
100% true.
(although if I consider all the people that make this site worth browsing...it would surprise me if that ability wouldn't be available)
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I forced to charge for premium content.
about 5c a day well spent!
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