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.

Software that updates your other software

The release of Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) 3.0 prompts a test drive of the new version, plus six alternative general-purpose auto-update tools. One surprise: Some of these automatic-update programs can worsen your PC’s condition.

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House Call 2012: One family, four PCs

Lexington, Mass., was in glorious, late-spring bloom when I visited Windows Secrets reader Helene Mayer. Helene had a houseful of PCs (running XP, Vista, and Win7) exhibiting a variety of problems. I was there to help.

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Some ugliness installing an after-market SSD

Ever look inside a solid-state drive? Neither had I — until I bought one and had to disassemble it to make it fit into my notebook. This story ultimately has a happy ending, but unexpected trouble along the way made the process far more difficult than it needed to be.

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Little-known browser commands and functions

No matter what browser you use, chances are good that you’ve never even heard of some its powerful and useful commands, features, and functions. Here’s a guided tour to some of the most interesting — and unfamiliar — functions in Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox.

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