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.
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 killdisk.com) 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
That was the heading of this short note from
reader DF Brown:
Our recent discussion of software that eats more than its
share of your CPU time (eg "What’s Eating His CPU Cycles?"
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-01-12.htm#3 ) brought this query:
Although this question was prompted by the recent Archives
update, it’s not specific to that, and can crop up with any software you
Fred: I found this site about getting updates
through ISO files.
Hi Fred. Thanks for a great newsletter.
A VPN— a "virtual private network" is a way of
communicating securely over the public internet; even allowing distant machines
to behave as if they were on the same local area network; and with similar
Yes, that looks like a confusing title, but here’s why:
Here’s just one of the real-life issues we face
when buying a new PC