Saturday, February 5, 2011

Gizmo Clarifies a Common Confusion

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Every day I get email or see comments on our website where people confuse Gizmo’s Freeware with Windows Secrets Newsletter.

I want to make it perfectly clear that Gizmo’s Freeware has nothing to do with Windows Secrets Newsletter.    We have no ownership in Windows Secrets newsletter or their website and vice versa.  We don't even have any co-operative arrangements with Windows Secrets; both sites are totally independent and unconnected.

People get confused because Windows Secrets took over my old Support Alert newsletter in July 2008 including all the articles I had written for the newsletter.  But they only took over the newsletter itself not the Gizmo's Freeware website, www.techsupportalert.com.  The Gizmo's Freeware website has always been independent from Windows Secrets. Our site is a non-commercial community website staffed by volunteers. Theirs is a fully commercial website operated by salaried employees.

An additional source of confusion is I agreed to write two new articles per month for Windows Secrets newsletter for a period of two years until July 2010.  However despite being given the impressive title "Senior Editor", my only role at Windows Secrets was simply that of a part-time writer. I no longer write for Windows Secrets and have no connection with them.

So what’s this mean?

1. Your Windows Secrets newsletter login will not work at the Gizmo’s Freeware website.

2. The subscription fees you pay for Windows Secrets does not provide you access to any special content at Gizmo's Freeware. All the content here is free and available to all.

3. The product ads in Windows Secrets have nothing to do with Gizmo’s Freeware and we can't  be held responsible for them.

4. The articles and recommendations that appear in Windows Secrets have nothing to do with Gizmo’s Freeware and are not necessarily endorsed by Gizmo's Freeware.

Don’t get me wrong. Windows Secrets is an excellent commercial tech newsletter, one of the best available, and I wish it every commercial success. It just has nothing to do with me or the Gizmo’s Freeware website.

I hope this is now unambiguously clear to all.

Gizmo

 



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