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.


Yes, that looks like a confusing title, but here’s why:

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10 Critical Factors When Buying A New PC

Here’s just one of the real-life issues we face
when buying a new PC

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Feedback On Vista & XP’s Lifecycle

I got some unusual— even angry— emails after reporting on the current,
incomplete (and sometimes contradictory) information Microsoft offers for
the planned roll out of "Vista" and the ramping down of support for its current OSes. One irate
reader even called me a liar for merely reporting exactly what’s on Microsoft’s
own "Product Lifecycle pages," as if I’m making it up! (BTW: That’s why
I include links to this stuff; so you can see for yourself.)

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What’s Eating His CPU Cycles?

Re ‘registry bloat’ ( ) and registry repair
), I’ve been very happy with ‘TuneUp
Utilities 2006.’ A free thirty day trial is available. At your suggestion,
I’ve run it several times in a row, and I do not get repeat errors, unless I’ve
messed around with the registry one way or another.

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Too Telegraphic An Answer?

Sometimes, in trying to be succinct, I omit some detailed background information so as
not to repeat myself too much. But sometimes I omit too much background
(sorry!). I usually find out by a flurry of emails like this:

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“Graphics Debris”

Dear Fred:
Only recently after I took a trip to three Western states have I dabbled into
digital photography.

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Upgrade Or Fresh Install?

Just became a Plus subscriber this year and I really enjoy your writings and
appreciate all the information shared.

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