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.

CD/DVD/Flash Shelf Life?

In a recent article at "", Kurt Gerecke, a
physicist and storage expert at IBM Deutschland, stated that the best storage
media for long-term was magnetic tape, with a life span of 30 to 100 years.  He
also mentioned that CD and DVD storage was usually good for only a couple of
years, 5 at the best.  Hard drives, he stated, have limitations based on the
quality of their disk bearing.

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Five Essential Steps To PC Security

You see it in the news again and again: Identity theft, corporate data stolen,
private information falling into the wrong hands…

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Symantec “Rootkit”

We first discussed "Rootkits" about a year ago.

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Microsoft Completes XP “Lifecycle” Update

The careful language in the above item is to try to prevent a problem among
some readers such as occurred in our discussions of Microsoft’s changing XP’s
"Support Lifecycle" in anticipation of the arrival of Vista.

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That Pesky Vendor StartUp Logo

Hi Fred, Happy New Year to you and your’s. Great news letter, I
always pick up something useful. I hope that you could help me to shorten the
time that the Dell logo stays on the screen before my PC boots up. It’s like
forever waiting for this PC to get rid of the logo and boot. The PC is a Dell
Dimension L733r with a int pentium111,512mb of ram and running XP Pro. When my
grandson bought it new it was running 98se and had the same problem. XP was a
clean install, we ran "killdisk" a great program, (free from that
overwrites the drive with 0’s. Than I formatted & partitioned and installed
XP. The Dell logo still stays on the same amount of time. I think that it has to
be something  in or on the motherboard. I tried msconfig to unload some start up
programs, this makes no difference. I have Googled this on line but no luck. If you
have any ideas I would be most appreciative. Thank you, Bob Peterson

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“Mystery Program from MS”

That was the heading of this short note from
reader DF Brown:

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More CPU-Hungry Software

Our recent discussion of software that eats more than its
share of your CPU time (eg "What’s Eating His CPU Cycles?" ) brought this query:

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