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.

How To Stop Photo Thieves

I am attempting to assist a friend who
is getting into photography. She has asked me to tell her how to make her sample
photos copy proof. I know this can be done, but have no idea what to tell her.
Can you please assist me with where to look for info on this. —John

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VMware? SATA? Can’t We All Just Get Along?

In a recent edition of the LangaList,
one of your readers writes that VMware doesn’t support SATA drives (
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-10-09.htm
). I’m not sure what he means by that, as the type of hardware should be
transparent to the software … that is, if the OS recognizes it, the software
should too. My main drive on my XP Pro machine is a Western Digital 250 SATA II
drive, and VMware works fine for me. Charles Gaefke

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Playing (Safely) In I.E.’s Sandbox

Hi Fred, I searched the archives and
could not find any reference to this neat little (242KB) program called
SandboxIE, although I thought I had once seen you refer to it. (
www.sandboxie.com )

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Building Boot Disks From CAB Files

Hi Fred. I look forward to Sundays and
Wednesdays. You wrote… The biggest showstopper for many users is that PE
Builder— and UBCD4Win— require a normal Windows installation CD. Many PC OEM
"recovery" CDs or hard-disk recovery files won’t work with PE Builder, and
that’s the only installation copy of Windows many users have."
I discovered that while I have no installation disk on my HP XP Pro computer,
all the installation CAB files are on my C: drive and Bart PE Builder worked
just fine. For those who don’t have a disk it might be worth trying it. You
might be surprised. —Robert

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Eudora Down… But Not Out

Fred: Great News Letter! (Plus Subscriber) Missed you when
you were gone.

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How To Save Web Pages

Hi Fred, Using Google, I find a site
page I want to save, then save it to my Documents, hard drive. BUT, if the page
is removed from Google at a later date, I’ve lost my "save". Is there a way to
"Memorialize" the saved page on my hard drive? Thanks, —Clyde

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Still Waiting For Microsoft’s Mail…

My programs crash pretty often, and
when that happens, a window pops up that asks me to send an error report to MS,
which I do. What happens to these reports? My impression was that MS would
analyze them, and eventually email back the reason these programs crash. Is that
a fantasy? Why should it be a one-way flow of information from me to MS? What do
I get out of these reports? Sincerely, Steve Brown

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Still Another Code-Load Success

After his site was listed in the "Load The Code" section,
code-loader Courtney Harrington wrote:

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Waaaaay Too Much Background Activity

Fred: You recently listed the new I tunes 7 as a resource hog.  I don’t
have much of a problem with that as I do with the new version 2007 of trend
micro internet security.  as I write this e mail, I am getting a lag of several
second between typing and display, the program is taking as much as 50% of my
cpu & 85,000k of memory just to run in the background. I have contacted them, I
have received no response other than their canned text. It is also causing my
hard drive to spin up steadily for 10 minutes after the computer boots.  I have
a p-4 HT 2.6 with 512 megs of ram, not a screaming powerhouse by today’s
standards but it should be able to run a anti virus program and e mail at the
same time. —Bob & Paul Hadley

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