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.

Feedback On Vista & XP’s Lifecycle

I got some unusual— even angry— emails after reporting on the current,
incomplete (and sometimes contradictory) information Microsoft offers for
the planned roll out of "Vista" and the ramping down of support for its current OSes. One irate
reader even called me a liar for merely reporting exactly what’s on Microsoft’s
own "Product Lifecycle pages," as if I’m making it up! (BTW: That’s why
I include links to this stuff; so you can see for yourself.)

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What’s Eating His CPU Cycles?

Re ‘registry bloat’ ( ) and registry repair
), I’ve been very happy with ‘TuneUp
Utilities 2006.’ A free thirty day trial is available. At your suggestion,
I’ve run it several times in a row, and I do not get repeat errors, unless I’ve
messed around with the registry one way or another.

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Too Telegraphic An Answer?

Sometimes, in trying to be succinct, I omit some detailed background information so as
not to repeat myself too much. But sometimes I omit too much background
(sorry!). I usually find out by a flurry of emails like this:

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“Graphics Debris”

Dear Fred:
Only recently after I took a trip to three Western states have I dabbled into
digital photography.

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Upgrade Or Fresh Install?

Just became a Plus subscriber this year and I really enjoy your writings and
appreciate all the information shared.

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New Year, New Month, New Chances

It’s a new month, and right now your chances are the best they’ll ever be!

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New Year, New PC?

It’s a new year, and for many of us, that means new hardware. But buying a PC
today is complicated somewhat by two major factors— hardware standards that
are changing; and the scheduled release of Microsoft’s "Vista" operating system.
Make the wrong choice, and you may find your new PC dead-ended and obsolete much
sooner than it should have been. But make the right hardware choices today, and
your new PC will remain useful for years to come, letting you ride out the
coming changes with aplomb.

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Real World Vs Tech Ideals

Hi Fred,
I’ve used Netscape browsers for many years as part of the Communicator package.
A couple of years ago I started using the Netscape 6 browser but eventually
found that I was having a lot of trouble with web sites that would freeze up the
browser or just flat out not load all of the site’s pages. I kept finding web
sites that referred to some item that was supposed to be on the page but I
couldn’t see it.  I’d contact the web master and mostly they would tell me I was
blind. I finally found out about the fact that many sites are designed as "I.E.
compatible" but not "Netscape compatible."  When I’d revisit the same sites
using I.E. they would work fine. I recently tried to get away from that problem
by using Firefox instead of Netscape.  It was so similar to Netscape that it
"felt comfortable."  Now I’m finding that many of the sites that wouldn’t work
with Netscape also won’t work with Firefox.  Have you found this to be true
also?  Any suggestions you’d care to make or am I going to just have to bite the
bullet and switch to I.E. full time?
Thanks for the newsletters,
Doug Morris

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Outstanding Free Tool

Hi Fred,
You have discussed VMware before. All the way back to 1999.
I thought your readers might like to know that there is now a free
VMware Player (currently in public beta).
From the site:
"VMware Player is free software that enables PC users to easily run any
virtual machine on a Windows or Linux PC. VMware Player runs virtual
machines created by VMware Workstation, GSX Server or ESX Server and
also supports Microsoft virtual machines and Symantec LiveState Recovery
disk formats."
You can also download and run a "preconfigured" VM such as Linux
distributions and a wide variety of guest operating systems.
VMware Player (beta)  —Calvin

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“Services.Msc” Tip

Fred: Reference "AntiVirus Causes
Partitioning Problems" ( ):

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