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.

Readers’ PC Maintenance Tips

Fred, A quick thought about your last
newsletter’s item, "A Complete PC Maintenance Checklist "

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Backing Up/Archiving Email

Thanks for your newsletter. I look forward to when it arrives and your advice and
expertise have saved me hours of struggle. 

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Annual Report: Yasmin Idania

Remember Yasmin Idania, in Guatemala? She’s one of the group of 13 kids
sponsored on an ongoing basis by LangaList Plus! subscribers:

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Dead Zip Drive

The "Zip Drive" (having nothing to do with "Zip files" or
"Zip compression") is a removable drive with higher capacity than a standard
floppy but lower capacity than a hard drive. Zip Drives were once fairly popular
as an in-between sized medium, back when CD burners cost thousands of dollars
each (yes, they really did cost that much, once!) Zip Drives are still around,
but have pretty much fallen by the wayside, replaced first by cheap CDRs and
more recently by inexpensive thumb drives.

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Data Stuck On Minidiscs

This problem is roughly parallel to the one above, but
with a newer form of removable disk storage:

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Can’t Get At “Admin” Login

When SAFE mode starts, there is an Administrative Log on option available, but
this Administrative option disappears in STANDARD mode startup; why and is there
a trick to get the Administrator login box on standard startup? —Jacques Trudeau

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Google Overdose?

Fred, Just wanted
to comment on the many references to Google in your newsletter. I notice after
you give a reply to many inquiries, you provide a Google query link to look up
results yourself, which I think pushes people to be more self-sufficient.  I
have found more and more that the difference between my technical knowledge and someone that doesn’t know computers that well is being able to search Google
more effectively. Oftentimes someone will come to me and say they are having a
computer problem and give me the error message. So right in front of them, I’ll
put in a portion of the error message and put quotes around it, and usually come
up with a solution to their problem. I’m also hoping that by me doing it in
front of them, they’ll learn that they can do this themselves…. Thanks for a great newsletter!
—Matt Baucom

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