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.

Powerful (But A Little Geeky) Bulk Renames

We’ve talked
about
"bulk rename" tools in the past, and they can be handy indeed. One
common use is renaming a pile of digital photos all at once from the
camera-generated names to something more descriptive but still
sequential. For example, instead of something like:
DSC00001.JPG

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Outlook Won’t Lose Weight After “AutoArchive” Diet

I run Outlook 2003 so I don’t think I would have the 2Gb
problem referenced in your last newsletter (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-11-02.htm#3 )… however, in
the interest of keeping it smaller…I ran autoarchive on all my
folders….I now have an archive.pst file in addition to outlook.pst.
Problem is…outlook.pst did not change in size one whit….what’s up with
that? If some items move to archive.pst shouldn’t outlook.pst get smaller?
Thanks. Your newsletter is the best. —Michael

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LangaList joins with Windows Secrets

Here’s my new look! As I announced in the Oct. 30 issue of the LangaList,
I’m merging with the Windows Secrets Newsletter to bring you even better
content. The combined newsletter will reach more than a quarter million
subscribers. And it gives me access to features that my newsletter didn’t
previously have.

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Heads Up! Mailing Test Coming!

PLEASE NOTE: The LangaList is merging on Nov. 16, 2006, with
the Windows Secrets Newsletter, as I described in the previous issue. I’ll be
the editor of the combined publication, and the current editor — Brian
Livingston, the co-author of 10 "Windows Secrets" books — will be editorial
director. For full information, including how to set your anti-spam whitelists,
please see 

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-10-30.htm#1 

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How to Keep Your Paging File Defragmented

We recently discussed defragging the MFT, or Master File Table (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-10-09.htm#4) . Here’s a question in a
similar vein:

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Cutting 2 GB .PST, .OST Files Down To Size

Yo! Hi Fred. As always, Thanx for a
great newsletter and all the goodies you unearth. RE: Outlook Express lost inbox (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-10-09.htm#7 ). Looks like the dreaded
Outlook 2 GB monster. An Inbox above 2 GB will crash. The .DBX files are in fact
there and usable , but the .PST or .OST is now corrupt . Microsoft offers a free
tool to recover these. Hope this helps your readers. Peace. —Andy

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