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.

Holiday Schedule, And Odd Questions

Fred: I have rarely come in contact with
someone who has your energy level! Here are two questions your other readers
might be wondering about …

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Sluggish Spin-Up

Fred, I have had a problem with my computer for some time now.  I
have my system setup so my screen saver goes on after 10 minutes and then turns
the monitor off after 45 minutes.  I don’t have it set to turn off the hard
disks or anything like that, but every time I go to use my computer again it’s
really slow for about 30 seconds.  Even something as simple as opening the start
menu takes about 15 seconds.  I haven’t been able to find any answer on what’s
causing this. What may be causing this to happen? —Andrew Way

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Which GPS?

A number of readers have asked which GPS I’m currently using. I didn’t mention
that because a choice of GPS gets into some very personal preferences. For
example, many of the currently popular units have touchscreen interfaces, which make the
units initially look sleek and cool. But I have an
aversion to touchscreens on personal electronics: The screen takes a beating, and
ends up looking like ^%$# after a while, with scratches, skin oils, and other
debris and damage. Give me buttons, and a clear, clean screen, any day.

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Downgrading From NTFS?

Dear Fred,
I am a long-time reader of your amazing newsletter. After reading the FAT32-NTFS
debate, I have an interesting question: how can I convert a drive from NTFS back
to FAT32?

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MS Office Update Problems

Dear Fred, I am the fallback computer tech for [a
group]. They have a Dell PC that was purchased in 03 that came with a
pre-installed OEM version of MS Office XP Professional. They recently tried
to install MS Office XP Update Service Pack 3 from the Office Update site.
During the installation process, they got the window pop up telling them to
insert their Office XP CD. Of course, since they have no CD, they cancelled
the installation. Now, every time they try to launch Excel, it brings up
insert CD message, and Excel won’t open.

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