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.

Shutdown Option From Locked Screen

Hi Fred, Maybe I’m asking the wrong question, or the right question
the wrong way, but there just doesn’t seem to be a solution to this problem.

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Life Expectancy Of Flash Drives?

Good morning, I would like to start by thanking you for the tremendous
service you provide with your newsletter. I find items that are of both
professional and personal value in every issue and I shall remain a Plus
Subscriber until either you or I retire.

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Stuck In An Activation Loop

Hi Fred,
I regularly read the Langalist, and have a very serious problem. I am running
Windows XP Pro.
I went to the Microsoft Update site to download an update to Media Player, and
was asked to validate my copy of XP through their Genuine Microsoft Product
page, which I did successfully.

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Why “Compact” Mailboxes?

Fred, I have a question about outlook express regarding compacting. What is the reason for compacting?
Is there a limit for email storage that causes compacting?
Can I or should I disable compacting?
If I can and should, how do I stop it?
When it runs it slows down my computer considerably. The only way I have been able to stop it is control-alt-delete and end process. It is very annoying & if I let it run it comes up with a message about not
enough memory or space (can’t remember which) to continue. Please help. Art (Plus subscriber) and grateful member

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No GPS? No Problem!

Imagine: You’re in a hotel room, partway through a trip. Your plans must change:
Instead of traveling to familiar places by well-known or planned routes, you’re faced with
having to plan a new and somewhat complex multi-stop route on unfamiliar roads. The classic online mapping tools you’ve
probably used before— Yahoo, Expedia, and the
like— are meant for simple point-to-point navigation, and can’t handle
complex, multi-stop routes. What do you do now?

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Last-Ditch Data Recovery

Hi Fred, I’ll keep the accolades brief: Your newsletter is hands down the most
useful and informative on the net. I recommend it all the time.  I trouble shoot computers constantly. Not surprisingly, I spend as much
time helping family and friends after hours as I do wrestling with PCs at
the office.  Now my sister has come up with a glitch that truly has me
stumped. She has a USB hard disk where she keeps her school work. Recently one of
the folders became unreadable and the system (Windows XP) told her it was
corrupt. I suggested she run Scandisk and now the folder is gone! I
checked the Recycle Bin and used an undelete program (Restoration) but it
doesn’t show up. I checked a backup made before running Scandisk but it’s

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The Other “WMD”

Hi Fred, Thanks for all the good work.

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