Tech Author Brian Livingston Returns as "Public Defender," Weekly in

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Author of "Windows Secrets" and "Muscular Portfolios" is Back in Business, Solving Crimes of Technology at

Brian Livingston

Brian Livingston

If it's irritating you, and it has an "on" switch, I'll take the case!

Well-known and sometimes beloved technology author and investigative journalist Brian Livingston has been appointed columnist at the Ask Woody newsletter. His new weekly column, entitled "Public Defender," will offer insights to help consumers resolve technology frustrations.

"If it's irritating you, and it has an 'on' switch, I'll take the case," said Livingston. His first column will focus on the recent ruling that stops cable companies from charging customers a fee to use the equipment they already own. “I’ll go beyond reporting. I'm going to help solve the crime. In this case, you'll get specific answers on how to easily fix the problem. I see myself as offering consumer protection from technology.”

As technology continues its pervasive march into our lives, we are now not just frustrated and exasperated by Microsoft Windows, where Livingston spent his early career. Instead, we’re frustrated by our appliances, our tele-healthcare, and our watches. They’re all just technology, after all.

The column can be read in the Ask Woody newsletter, which is free but supported by donations. It can be read at

About Brian Livingston
Mr. Livingston is an award-winning journalist with more than three decades of experience covering the tech industry. He founded the "Windows Secrets" Newsletter, which grew to 400,000 subscribers, and co-authored 11 books in the Windows Secrets series (John Wiley & Sons), which sold 2.5 million copies. In 2018, he turned his attention to the investment industry as a contributor to MarketWatch and StockCharts, and the author of "Muscular Portfolios."

About Ask Woody is a reader-supported website that focuses on news, tips, advice and support for Windows, Microsoft Office, personal computers, the Internet of things and other technologies. receives its support through reader donations. Readers can sign up for a free newsletter at

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