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.

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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Message Says, “You’ve Sent Infected E-Mail”

Hi Fred, Been reading your LangaList
newsletter almost since the WinMag breakup. The best!

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Backups Won’t Span Multiple DVDs?

Fred, I’ve tried backing up to DVDs
but the programs seem to stop after backing up to one DVD. In the old DOS days,
the back up programs would continuously backup to 3.5" disk until the backup was
complete. Are there any programs that will continuously backup to DVDs instead
of backing up to hard drives? Thanks,

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Opera “Speaks” MHT, Too

In "How To Save Web Pages" (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-10-30.htm#7 ) I mentioned the
handy, all-in-one-file way of storing a complete web page— text, images,
everything— afforded by IE’s "save as type/web archive,
single file (*.mht)" option.

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Good Cookies, Bad Cookies

Hi Fred. Having gained a lot of
satisfaction from your newsletters I feel it is time to try and give something
back. Regarding Spyware and adware in Windows, there is a very useful way to
stop, probably 99% or close to it. I usually start by going into Control Panel

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