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”
Gizmo Richard’s Tech Support
Alert [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).
& 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.
[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
[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.