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.

PowerPoint Patch Patch

No, that’s not a typo: In a recent
issue, I told you about a new patch for the "PowerPoint File Parsing
Vulnerability," a potential security issue with PowerPoint 2000.  (See
http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-25.htm#7
)

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Satellite Internet And Online Services (Like AOL)

I’m a belt-and-suspenders kind of
guy when it comes to connectivity: My business depends on it. So, I use a cable
modem as my primary means of communicating, but also have a dual-channel ISDN
line as a backup, plus a collection of regular 56K dial-up modems. Heck, if I
had to, I’d start using tin cans and string.

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Coming: A Better Internet?

Almost exactly four years ago,
the  US Government went high-profile with an ambitious plan for something
called the "Next Generation Internet." And I do mean
"high-profile:" Then-president Clinton made it part of his State of
the Union address.

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Update: System Setup Secrets

The "P" in PC stands for
"personal." But most new PCs ship in a generic state designed to suit
the lowest common denominator among buyers. New PCs are almost never tuned
optimally for performance, and in fact, often arrive with very safe,
conservative settings that are designed more to minimize returns and tech
support calls than to deliver all the performance of which the new machine is
capable.

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Polarized Reactions To Yoline

I didn’t think it would be
controversial. As stated in the previous issue ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-25.htm#4
):

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Puka-Puka Leads To Another Discovery

Reader Shawn Jefferds started
following the recent links ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-18.htm#9
) on solving the annoyance of having your floppy drive engage in seeming-random
seeks from time to time (and in the process, making a noise that goes something
like "puka-puka-puka…") but he found something else along the way:

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Tweaks Times Three, With Two For Free

A recent item in the Plus! edition
on removing "ghost" entries in Control Panel’s "Add/Remove
Software" applet— entries for software you no longer have installed—
triggered a mini-flood of email, so much so that it’s worth opening the
discussion to the wider newsletter readership:

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M*lissa Virus Returns

(To keep this email from triggering
email virus filters, I’ll use an asterisk in place of the letter "e"
in sensitive spots.)

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