Author Archives: Fred Langa

Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.

More On Waterlogged PCs

Our discussion on resurrecting water-soaked PCs
brought a (pardon the expression) flood of email. A sampling:

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Spreading Out Software Across Different Partitions

Dear Fred, I was wondering what would be a good strategy for
allocating hard disk space in terms of OS/Programs/Data.

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Online Resource For Free Textbooks

Hi Fred-About a year ago, I got frustrated at the outrageous costs of textbooks at my
school.  I started searching for alternatives and found that there are tons of
FREE textbooks online. The problem was, there was no way to find them without
spending hours on google. 

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Data In Hand, But Inaccessible

Dear Fred:
I wonder if you have any comments on why win2000 will read some of my old win98
cdrw disks, and not others? Almost all were written with one or another version
of Nero or Roxio several years ago.
Is there any magic solution?

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Water + PC = :( ?

Given the recent floods in many different areas, this is a timely item, showing
how it may be possible to bring even a submerged PC back to life:
Wet PC: Those are two words that should never go together but
unfortunately for me it became a reality. A couple of weekends
ago when we had all that rain my sump pump died and left me with
a foot of water in my finished basement. Among the many family
treasures that got soaked were 3 of my computers. Any advise for me before I try turning them
on? I don’t think the harddrives, cpu, or ram were submerged but
the water level did go up past a couple of pci slots. The side
covers have been off the cases and everything looks dry now. Is
there anything I should do before plugging them in and praying?
Thanks, Dave F

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More Free Security Tools

Dear Fred, I don’t know if you’ve heard or seen this yet,
but Microsoft has a beta online safety scanner at
.  I tried it and it didn’t find anything unusual, but I’m pretty good at
maintaining things myself.  Just another tool to add to the old arsenal.

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