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What are some good tech newsletters?

I know you don’t do an email newsletter, but can you recommend some? The
tech-support kind of things that you talk about or places I can turn to for
even more help?

[Update: since this question was originally asked and answers I have, in
fact, started my own email newsletter: Leo’s Answers. Naturally I encourage you to
check it out! -Leo]

In other words, you’d like me to point you to my competitors, right?

Not a problem. Really. In my mind it’s not a competition at all. There’s
plenty to go around, and there are some really good resources out there.

And I’ll happily share some of the ones I’ve found.

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Let me start with a plug for RSS. As we all know,
getting email delivered reliably is getting harder and harder. As a result many
good sites that are chock-full of information are not publishing newsletters,
or are moving away from email publishing. Email newsletters aren’t dead, but
they’re not exactly thriving either.

Enter RSS. More and more sites are adding RSS feeds even if they
never planned to publish a newsletter at all. It’s a quick and easy way to push
information out to those people that really want it, and as a consumer it’s a
great way to stay abreast of information from the sites you really care

Hopefully sites like Ask Leo!.

On to my recommendations, in alphabetical order: (One bit of full disclosure
up front: several, though not all, of the folks below are acquaintances of mine
in various forms. However I believe my recommendations to be impartial, based
my opinion of the quality of their publication.)

  • Ask Dave Taylor
    [RSS] – if you’ve spent any time on Ask Leo!, visiting Ask
    Dave Taylor may bring about a sense of deja vu. Dave’s a prolific author and
    industry veteran who’s taking the same approach to open on-line tech Q&A.
    The scope of his site is a bit broader, ranging from Mac, to Unix shell
    scripts, to publishing and even the Sony PSP. Tell Dave I said hi!

  • Dave’s Computer Tips
    [email], from a different Dave, is a bi-monthly newsletter
    containing important computer news, computer security tips, software reviews,
    computer hardware, and software tips articles, as well as discussion about
    programs Dave finds useful. I’m always looking for pointers to good tools, so
    that later section is particularly useful to me. Easy to understand and

  • ExcelTips and WordTips [email &
    RSS] – Allen Wyatt also publishes both a free and premium
    weekly newsletter for each of Word and Excel (the premium version published as
    a PDF), and you’ll find a tremendous amount of information in every issue. Both
    WordTips and ExcelTips have searchable sites as well, cataloging hundreds of
    tips and answers for each. And there’s an RSS feed featuring a “tip of the day”
    for each.

  • Gizmo Richard’s Tech Support
    [email] is a list I just stumbled onto recently.
    Paraphrased from the site, the newsletter contains “new freeware and shareware
    utilities … … tech support sites … free tutorials … latest security
    advice … useful Windows tips and tricks” and more. There’s both a completely
    free edition, as well as a “supporters edition” for a very nominal fee. The
    website’s worth checking out also – I may not agree with every selection, but I
    found many interesting tools in his frequently updated “Best Free Utilities”

  • The Internet Patrol
    [email & RSS] – “The Internet Patrol is
    maintained by the Institute for Spam and Internet Public Policy, and written by
    ISIPP President Anne P. Mitchell, Esq. ISIPP provides analysis, information,
    and consulting on industry issues, policies and processes regarding email and
    the Internet.” I find myself frequently finding out about important breaking
    issues first courtesy of The Internet Patrol’s RSS feed.

  • Larry Osterman’s Weblog
    [RSS] – Larry’s is a fascinating look into Microsoft, and
    often includes some seriously techie stuff, in addition to the normal
    meandering’s we’ve all come to expect from a blog. Larry’s a 20+ year Microsoft
    veteran (I can’t pass up saying he started the year after I did).

  • Lockergnome [email
    & RSS] – Chris Pirillo, of TechTV and Gnomedex fame, has
    pulled together an impressive set of publications across a wide variety of
    topics. Chris is the ultimate RSS evangelist, so it’s no surprise that there’s
    RSS pretty much everywhere on Lockergnome. There are mailing lists for many of
    the topics, as well as public discussion forums and much more.

  • The Old New Thing
    [RSS] – there was a running joke within Microsoft: “Raymond
    knows everything”. The problem is that it’s no joke – Raymond Chen probably
    knows more about Windows than any other person on the planet. His blog is
    another fascinating collection of tech information, particularly when it comes
    to answering “why did you do it that way?” – interspersed are Raymond’s own
    observations on all sorts of other topics, like any good blog.

  • ResearchBuzz
    [email & RSS] – it seems like every time
    I hear about something new or cool in the world of search engine and related
    news, it turns out the Tara Calishain had published about it weeks, and
    occasionally months, earlier. Lesson learned: pay attention to ResearchBuzz.
    Tara’s also the author of Web
    Search Garage
    and Google

  • Windows Secrets
    [email] – “The Windows Secrets Newsletter brings you essential
    tricks of running Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Internet Explorer, Firefox,
    Windows Update, and more – weekly, free.” Windows Secrets recently joined with
    my formerly recommended Langa List newsletter by Fred Langa.

Those are all sites, newsletters and RSS feeds I check regularly – meaning
every day, or as soon as they’re published. I’m sure there’s a ton of other
good information out on the internet – if you’ve got a favorite site,
newsletter or feed, share your thoughts and add a comment! If I like it and
start monitoring it regularly myself, I’ll add it to the list above.

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12 comments on “What are some good tech newsletters?”

  1. Clif.Notes (weekly) Newsletter is about reviewing freeware & websites – checking for all bad things – for truly free & clean software.
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    – Clif’s alphabetical review list is here : is my first website for listing reviewed clean freeware, and mostly Windows Security Programs (and yes, I’m Clif’s wife 🙂 We’ve been online before screens had all these pretty colors. We’ve helped newbies ever since windows. Some may remember us as Tulkas & Sis on irc channels of Wapakoneta, OH.

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