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Readers, I believe a brief update is on the cards; a  few things have changed lately. I’ll attempt to keep you updated with the major changes:


  • ReCaptcha is being used on members’ blogs to cut spam comments for them (thanks for the suggestion Christopher.)
  • MyWindowsPC Help, the official MyWindowsPC help blog has been updated and given a new name.
  • Members’ posts are now being featured on the front page.
  • The site activity feed is now being parsed to the sidebar of Windows Guides.

Windows Forums

  • We have a new moderator: randomchaos, who joins the Windows Forums team.
  • rsvr85, a Windows Forums moderator, who writes lots of guides for the forum is now writing for Windows Guides.
  • I’ve deleted/deactivated over 1,000 members over the last month or so who haven’t logged in for 6 or more months or who managed to bypass the spam filters. I only did this to increase security and cut spam.


  • I’ve updated my portfolio site with some jQuery goodness, which I decided I’d learn last weekend. I love jQuery… almost as much at Protoype. Next weekend I want to learn how to use MooTools.
  • RichR.org is now on the first search results page on Google for the keyword Rich Robinson–something I’ve hoped for, for a while (considering my name is very common.)

Windows Guides

  • We have two new Authors: rsvr85 and Adam.
  • We’re taking applications for new, voluntary, authors/contributors.
  • Translation of Windows 7 – The Pocket Guide, into 24 different languages is coming along well and I am currently working on version 1.0 of the book.
  • Both the PC Maintenance Handbook and PC Security Handbook are now available.
  • I’m currently working extensively on older guides, on this site, and doing the following:
    • Standardizing notational conventions.
    • Bringing guides up to date.
    • Responding to user feedback and making guides easier to follow.
    • Interlinking posts in a more intuitive way to help readers progress from one concept to another.
    • Reorganizing article structure to help guides fit into a broader spectrum of concepts.
  • I will be spending more time focusing more on quality and completeness in my writing; thus, over the next few months, the frequency of my posts will drop to about three per week.
  • We gave away Windows 7 Home Premium last week.
  • I’m getting rid of the (annoying) in-text links on Saturday.
  • I will be starting an email newsletter soon so you can choose to get a daily email, a weekly-monthly digest, or both. (I’ll launch this with a promotion that I haven’t been creative enough to plan yet.)
  • I’ve moved everything from http://www.mintywhite.com/ to http://www.mintywhite.com. I did this to keep the URL size down and the /tech/ seems a bit pointless now.
  • We’re using a new comments system by JS-Kit (although I “broke” it yesterday by moving everything from /tech/ to / — I will fix this today fixed.)
  • We have a “Re Tweet” button (which is now showing 0–zero–tweets for every post because of the /tech/ to / move.)
  • The site now sports an unobtrusive toolbar at the bottom of each page. So far, people are using it a lot–so it’s staying for now :)
  • There’s a featured content gallery on the front page of the site.
  • The categories are slightly more granular now. i.e Windows 7 is broken down into four different subcategories:
  • I’ve started a basics section (more about this soon.)
  • I’m working on a new Software reviews section. I’m going to review (and re-review) programs and let you, the readers, rate the programs.
  • As part of the reviews section, you can now search for software by genre:
  • To accommodate the new sections and greater granularity, I’ve redesigned the toolbar at the top of the site. Site analytics tells me you are using the toolbar a lot, so it’s staying for now.

Social Networking and Contact

To focus my online social efforts, I’ve retired/frozen the following accounts:

  • Digg
  • Plurk
  • Stumbleupon
  • AIM
  • Yahoo
  • MSN
  • ICQ
  • Google Reader article sharing

I am keeping and focusing on the following networks:

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter


I believe that’s all for now. Thanks for reading and I hope you’re as excited about the future as I am! What would you like to see? Let me know in the comments.

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