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.

More ICQ-Related Info: Another Ad-Remover

The aptly-named "Dan
Messenger" wrote in with

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More ICQ-Related Info: Trivia

ICQ’s been around for a loooooong
time, in Internet-years. So long, in fact, that some once-obvious things— like
its name— have become somewhat obscure. For example, reader "Tom"

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“Return Receipt” Helper

Last week’s item on "Road
Runner, Verizon, @Home Email Problems" (
) suggested that you can use your email client’s "return receipt"
[sometimes called "read receipt"] option as a way to help verify that
important email got delivered.

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New Version Of Ad-Aware

We’ve covered Ad-Aware— a free and
excellent spyware-remover— before. (see

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Alert: Fake Microsoft Security Certificates!

OK, this is a bad one:

VeriSign, Inc., recently advised Microsoft that on January 30 and 31, 2001, it issued
two VeriSign Class 3 code-signing digital certificates to an individual who fraudulently
claimed to be a Microsoft employee.

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More ISP Shenanigans? (This time: Earthlink)

As if the CPU-cycle stealing—er,
excuse me: "sharing"— of some ISPs wasn’t bad enough (see
) now there are reports of a notional "super Cookie" used by Earthlink.

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ICQ Ad-Busters

In "ICQ Users Feel AOL’s Gentle
Touch"  (
), reader David S mentioned a site offering a way to strip the AOL-mandated
ads— er, "informational banners"— that have appeared on the newest
updates of ICQ.

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