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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.

More ICQ Replacements

AOL/ICQ must be annoying a lot of
people, because replacement chat clients are popping up everywhere.

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Acronym Soup

Last issue’s item on the origin of
ICQ’s name ("I seek you"), brought a mini-flood of mail. Yes, Ham
radio operators used "CQ" when trying to establish contact with other
hams; one can make the case that ICQ should stand for "Internet CQ."
But that still begs the question about the "CQ" part. That, in turn,
goes back to early (wire-based) telegraphy, where CQ was used to initiate
communications: It stood for "Seek You."  8-)

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“Tiny Firewall” Set Free

We discussed the Tiny Firewall
("Tiny" is the name of the company, as well as a description of the
size of the software) when it was in beta in
. Then, we said it looked promising, with:

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“Freedom” Suite Followup

A couple months ago, we also
discussed another "Promising New Free Firewall" (
) called Freedom:

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Last Day To Enter March’s FREEDrawing

On March 31, I’ll choose another
monthly winner of a no-strings $30 Gift Certificate for any item at Amazon.Com—
books, software, hardware, kitchenware, toys… To have a shot at winning, just
use the following link to recommend the LangaList to a friend. Your friend just
may find a new source of useful information; I just may gain a new subscriber;
and you just may win a $30 shopping spree! (Full details also available via this

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Woram’s “Rogue’s Gallery” Grows

The site shutdown at is
nearly done, and just about all the old content is now currently unavailable.

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More On The Closing of WinMag.Com

Some readers have already reported
problems accessing some links at WinMag.Com; it will probably only get worse, as
all the content will be moved soon: When that happens, something like 200,000
external links (links from other sites pointing to specific WinMag.Com pages)
will probably break, along with an unknown number of internal cross-links.

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