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.

Normal Fixes Just Won’t Work

Hi Fred,
I hate to admit this, but I’ve encountered a problem with a computer of mine
that I haven’t been able to solve.

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Hidden File Foils Defrag

Hi Fred, There was a big red block on the
defrag graphic and the file could not be moved by the utility (OS is XP).

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Grab This *Before* You Need It!

It’s something I’ve wished for many times: a list you can
copy/paste to a laptop or pda, or print and carry in your wallet, that contains
a careful selection of URLs for free, easy-to-use, but advanced web-based
route-planners/mappers. That way, no matter where you are, as long as you have access to
*any* PC— even in a library, kiosk, or coffee shop— you can get fast,
accurate, and free maps and directions for driving, walking, or even for oddball things
like making sure that cab drivers take you by a reasonable route rather than by
a needlessly expensive one.

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Cleanup Problems

Hi, Fred!
I so thank you for what I found on my very first newsletter from you!  The came at a time when
I sorely need help with my ailing computer.  I am certainly not a
user, but have tried to be responsible, as I learn.  I have kept a firewall, run
virus scans regularly, as well as AdAware, Window Washer, defragmentation,
System Works, files deletion, etc.

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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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