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.

Space Stations Keep Fallin’ On My Head…

As you’ve probably heard, the
Russian Mir station will be "deorbited" soon. If all goes according to
plan (hey, what could go wrong? <g>), 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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Xteq Systems’ X-Setup 6.0 Public Beta 1

We’ve discussed Xteq’s utility in
the past ( http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=xteq&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
). With only a little hyperbole, it’s described as "the ultimate mother of
all Windows tweaking utilities for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/Millennium."

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“SpamEx”

There’s a new mail-forwarding
service just getting started: It’s intended to help you dodge spam, and it’s
called SpamEx:

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A Rosetta Stone!

Here’s the good part: The Microsoft
Knowledgebase is a vast, free online library of searchable information on all of
Microsoft products. It began life many years ago as the tool that Microsoft’s
own support technicians used to help resolve user problems: Once a fix was found
for a problem, it was entered into the Knowledgebase so others facing the same
problem could easily find and access the solution.

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WinME Woes

The "10 Ways To Make WinME Run
Better" article ( http://www.winmag.com/windows/features/merunbetter/02.htm
) is generating a lot of email and comments.

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What About Windows 2000/XP?

Although more and more people are
switching to Windows 2000, the majority of readers of this newsletter still use
Win9x and— as you can see from the amount of time we spend discussing ways to
improve it— it’s an OS that needs a lot of help. <g> That applies to
both the "pure" Win98 versions and the modified version called Windows
Millennium Edition (WinME— see item #1 above).

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Saving Auto-Download Files Locally

This question crops up again and
again, so it’s worth a quick refresher:

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