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.

Bad News

On Monday, CMP announced a major
reshuffling of its web operations. Sadly, one immediate outcome of this is that
WinMag.Com has ceased operations. The site is still up for now, but the future
of the content is unclear. If there’s anything you’ve been meaning to read on
their site but haven’t gotten around to, now would be a very good time. In
particular, you can find all my columns— Plugging Resource Leaks, DOS primers,
networking— everything— at http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/backissu.htm
. There’s lots more elsewhere on the WinMag site too, so grab it while you can.

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ICQ Users Feel AOL’s Gentle Touch

Long-time readers know I’m no major
fan of AOL, whose ultra-aggressive marketing tactics really rub me the wrong
way. For example, AOL itself carries more unavoidable advertising than do many
*free* ISPs, and yet AOL members must pay for the privilege of being a target
for these endless ads.

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Cleaning Typed URLs

In the several weeks since we
originally discussed this, some additional reader suggestions have trickled in,
including this note from Andrew Torriani:

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Duck And Cover

In "Space Stations Keep Fallin’
On My Head…" ( http://www.langalist.com/newsletters/2001/2001-03-12.htm#9
) I mentioned how the Russian Mir station will be deorbited soon (as of now,
it’s scheduled for this week). If all goes according to plan, many tons of
high-velocity, incendiary rubble will splash down in the South Pacific. (The
bigger chunks will not burn up in the atmosphere.)

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The Heat Is On

Heat-related PC problems are
surprisingly common, as this note from reader Don Schwab illustrates:

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