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.
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:
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.
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.
Readers have really been digging for
answers to questions about the Windows Registry— and man, have they come up
some some great information!
Reader Adam Porter found a nice
little software vendor I’d never heard of, but wish I’d found sooner:
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.
Reader "Mikeprieur" sends
along this list of fractured definitions:
Last issue’s item ( http://www.freetune.com/listplus/newsletters/2001/2001-02-12plus.htm#12
)on deleting unneeded fonts and thus freeing resources and speeding boot times
brought in some great additional information:
Writing from the UK, Brian Gill
points out another nifty free tool for cleaning up the Add/Remove list in
Windows’ Control Panel: