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.

New Plus! Site Update

Around the time you get this, a new
web site at a new host (and on a new server) should be going live: It’s
"LangaList.Com," and as soon as it’s up and stable, it will become the
permanent home for the Plus! editions of the newsletter.

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CD vs DVD For Backups

Reader Luis G. Uribe wondered about
future backup media when he read that "…I burn a CD that contains the
system  image PLUS the …Drive Image DOS floppies… the CD is a 100%
self-contained …includes the restoration app and the backup data all in one
place…. It ensures that my backup images always have the correct restore
program and version right with them so that if I need to restore a file even
years from now, I’ll automatically have the correct tool at hand."

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Reminder: The Safe Way To Delete ANY File

This is one of those perennial
topics: It comes up in various guises and at various times, but there’s a single
answer that serves for almost all the permutations. Here’s a current example:

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No More Free LangaLists?

[Note: This item does not concern
Plus! edition subscribers at all.]

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More Search Engine Feedback

In "Time To Upgrade Your Search
Engine" ( http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/2001/01.htm
) we discussed many of today’s best search engines— and also offered tips on
using them.

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Two Security Alerts

If you use Microsoft’s Media Player
7, you should know about the "Media Player Skins File Download
Vulnerability."

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P2P’s Dark Side

Several issues ago ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-02-08.htm#1
), we discussed how Juno— the giant ISP with 14 million subscribers— is
mandating that its users join a stealthy P2P ("peer to peer") network:
Juno will quietly connect its subscribers’ computers as an ad-hoc distributed
computing network. Then, someone with a large computational problem can contract
with Juno, which will divvy up the large problem into smaller chunks and feed it
into its subscribers’ PCs which will execute this external code and send the
results of the computations back to Juno. The process then repeats.

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WinME’s Mixed Bag

In several recent issues, I’ve
kvetched about Windows Millennium Edition— the last, largest, and
sometimes-slowest member of the Win9x family. But each time I’ve mentioned some
problem in WinME, I get emails like this:

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Cool Tools

It all started a few issues back
with "R.I.P. SysEdit" ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-02-08.htm#8
), a discussion of SysEdit— a kind of super-notepad that uses a "multiple
document interface" to open five important Windows 9x system files at once
for easy, side-by-side scrutiny and editing. With a click, SysEdit lets you
access and edit your Autoexc.bat, Config.Sys, Win.Ini, System.Ini, and
Protocol.Ini files. It’s a favorite of Windows power users everywhere.

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About That “Ad Click” Business, Above (#7)

You folks— the Plus!
subscribers— are gems. Instead of ad clicks, you’re chipping in a direct
payment to defray my costs in bringing you these Plus! editions. I can’t thank
you enough for your direct support: It means a lot to me.

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