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.

Two Security Alerts

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

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P2P’s Dark Side

Several issues ago (
), 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" (
), 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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More Registry Info… And Beyond

Readers have really been digging for
answers to questions about the Windows Registry— and man, have they come up
some some great information!

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Window-Positioner, And More

Reader Adam Porter found a nice
little software vendor I’d never heard of, but wish I’d found sooner:

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Brief Hiatus

The next issue of the LangaList
Standard Edition will be on February 26th. With one exception, instead of
publishing the newsletter next week, I’ll be ripping apart and overhauling my
office LAN setup, changing the way I network my systems. Part of it’s a simple
changeover and system shuffle, but part is decidedly experimental, so I don’t
want to promise to deliver issues I may not be able to produce. 

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JustFor Grins

Reader "Mikeprieur" sends
along this list of fractured definitions:

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Font Feedback

Last issue’s item (
)on deleting unneeded fonts and thus freeing resources and speeding boot times
brought in some great additional information:

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