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.

Let’s put your firewall to the test

Most PC users take it on wary faith that their firewalls are providing full protection from malicious applications.

A better policy is to use firewall testing services and free applications to ensure your firewall is correctly set.

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Solving Windows 7 networking problems

Win7-to-Win7 networking may be easy, but connecting your new Win7 system to older PCs with previous versions of Windows or non-Windows systems can sometimes be a real headache.

Firewalls and Win7’s HomeGroups are usually the primary culprits, but the following step-by-step tips should help solve your networking troubles with minimal hassle.

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Fine-tune your Registry for faster startups

A little Registry maintenance and tweaking can make your system boot faster.

In fact, free Registry tools can improve all your system’s phases: startup, shutdown, and everything in between.

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Many free alternatives to Microsoft Office

There are a surprising number of excellent office software suites available, and some of the best don’t cost a dime.

MS Office remains the king of office suites, but if you can’t or don’t want to use it, numerous free and commercial substitutes stand ready to serve.

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Extend the life of your laptop’s battery

With proper care and feeding, the expensive lithium-ion batteries in your notebook PCs and other portable gear can run well for many, many years.

On the other hand, common battery-care mistakes will reduce your batteries’ run times and lead to needless and costly early replacement.

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