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.

ZoneAlarm Pro Updated

Long-time readers know I’m a major
fan of ZoneAlarm, the personal firewall from ZoneLabs. (See http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=zonealarm&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
)

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Yes, WinME Does Work For Many

I’ve made some, er, unflattering
remarks about WinME lately, and each time I’ve gotten emails from people for
whom WinME runs fine. And that’s great: Whenever you find a tool that does the
job you want in the way you want, grab it and stick with it, no matter what
anyone else says. (Including me!)

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Hot Chips, Cool Replies

The current
"Explorer" column at WinMag.Com ( http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/2001/06.htm
) discusses how heat is the enemy of electronic devices— including the CPU
chip inside your PC. That article also shows you where to get software that can
monitor the temperatures inside your PC, or even help to cool your CPU through a
special software instruction that prevents "rapid idling" when your
CPU briefly is between tasks.

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Windows 9x/ME Setup “Switches”

A software "switch" is a
modifier you append to a standard command to make it behave somewhat
differently. Here’s a trivial example: At DOS or in a Command windows, if you
type DIR you’ll see a listing of the contents of whatever Folder
("DIRectory") you’re in. But if you add a switch— "/w"—
the DIR command generates its output in "wide" mode, filling the
screen horizontally. With the switch, you’d type the command: DIR /W .

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For Advanced Users…

This is not the sort of thing that
will appeal to or be appropriate for everyone, but if you’ve been kicking around
PCs for a while, this tip from reader Arent Smit may catch your eye:

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More On Time Servers and Tools

In the last two Plus editions, we’ve
talked about time-synchronization tools, and many readers have sent in their own
suggestions. (Thanks!) If the paid and free synch utilities we’ve already
discussed don’t suit, a search at any major download site probably will turn up
a host of other options for you.

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WinMag.Com Changes Course On WinME

Speaking of WinMag.Com: On most
major issues, the folks there and I share similar views. But as a freelance, I
sometimes come to different conclusions than they do, and vice versa.

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New Variant On An Old IE Security Problem

Like the proverbial "bad
penny," some old security problems keep turning up.

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Many More Gadgets That Spy On You

In issues past, we discussed the
"CueCat," a handheld scanner that was promoted as a way to save the
world from the onerous task of typing URLs. (As if it’s all that hard!) But
under the covers, CueCat actually was a brilliant marketing tool: The more you
used it, the more the CueCat makers learned about you and your preferences, thus
allowing them to "target" you with advertising.  (See http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=cuecat&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
)

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