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Re: WinPatrol.com down
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2018, 02:25:14 PM »
He might try the American Red Cross Safe & Well site, available through the Texas Hurricane Center webpage (link on right side).
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Re: WinPatrol.com down
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2018, 06:05:03 PM »
plodr, wow that was good under cover work...and a real injustice to her and the family
if this is the true Bret Lowry family our hearts and prayers to you all

As it turns out, I heard from Bret just a few minutes ago and the unfortunate thing is that Hurricane Irma hit them very hard and they are down to a skeleton crew. Bret assured me that the servers will remain running.
C was that his relations??

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Re: WinPatrol.com down
« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2018, 07:29:53 PM »
According to the article, it was his mother. :(
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Re: WinPatrol.com down
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2018, 03:55:01 PM »
Thanks Bill.
I'm not so sure that they'd know to do this:
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Register Yourself as “Safe and Well”
Click on the “List Myself as Safe and Well” button to register yourself on the site.
These people are in their mid 80's and might have never had a computer and/or smart phone.
Their phone number hasn't changed and goes unanswered.

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Re: WinPatrol.com down
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2018, 05:10:43 PM »
If that old, and assuming they are still alive and well, I can only assume they relocated to some assisted living facility.

If your husband is that concerned, he should call the local sheriff's office. I am sure they can point him in the right direction to at least learn of their fate.  I would not expect the sheriff's office will divulge any private/personal information, but your husband should be able to find out if they survived the storm.
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Re: WinPatrol.com down
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2018, 01:03:47 PM »
It is not my husband who "knows" these people. It is for an 86 year old friend of ours.
My husband found an alternate address 7 miles away from their old address. (We have no idea if they moved to a new place or moved in with family members.)  We told the concerned couple to send a card or note to the address my husband was able to unearth because obviously we don't have a working phone number for the couple in Texas.

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Re: WinPatrol.com down
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2019, 01:51:31 PM »
I visited winpatrol.com to see if there were any new program updates and, once again, there are no updates but there is an expired certificate. Exactly the same as last year. On top of this, I have approximately 5 unanswered emails.

This guy is not taking care of business like he should. What a waste of, once was, a great product.

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Re: WinPatrol.com down
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2019, 01:59:31 PM »
It is sad.  When Bill retired, I hoped that Bret would continue but it doesn't appear that is to be.  :(


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Re: WinPatrol.com down
« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2019, 02:51:15 PM »
I think what bothers me most is the total silence.

If development and support has come to an end, why not post a quick comment about that on the website?

From my understanding, while Bret carried the vast majority of the workload, it was not totally a 1-man show. It seems to me, if Bret is no longer able, for what ever reason, someone could post a "Going out of business" sign on the site. :(

I sincerely hope this is all by choice and not due to some health or other tragic issue. But even 1-man (or 1-woman) operations should have an emergency contingency plan - especially when customers and paying clients are involved.

I am still running WP+ on my main systems because it is of value to me to be notified when some new startup tries to implant itself on my systems. But I do worry, with this apparent extended period of no updates, that Scotty is just giving me a false sense of security. :(
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