Some topics just won’t die. 8-)
We’ve covered problems with Defrag hanging or never finishing many times before
) and have touched on just about all the tricks and fixes, including the most
common solution which is simply to close *all* other apps. But the topic comes
up again and again in emails from readers.
A reader who probably prefers to
remain anonymous did some additional snooping after learning about the new
"we own your PC" policy at Juno (see item #1, above):
TANSTAAFL is the acronym for
"There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch;" it was first popularized
by author Robert A. Heinlein, many years ago. Of course, it refers to the fact
that things that appear free usually have a hidden cost, and we’ve discussed the
TANSTAAFL principle twice before in these pages. (See http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=TANSTAAFL&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
Paul Kunino Lynch ran into an
In the "Free Registry Primer,
and More" item in a recent issue ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-02-01.htm#4
) we discussed several places where you can get excellent information on this
often-misunderstood part of all Windows Operating Systems.
Last issue’s "R.I.P.
SysEdit" ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-02-05.htm#2
) generated a ton of email: I’m sorting through it now, and will present the
collective reader feedback in an upcomiing issue.
Ever need to rework a web image or
photo? Have a digital camera, or thinking about getting one? Reader Dave Miller
found a nice site offering some free, high-quality image-processing/retouching
Relatedly (to item #4, above) in a
recent issue’s "Tweaks Times Three, With Two For Free" ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-25.htm#2
) we discussed several free and low-cost tweaking tools that— among other
useful tasks— could help to remove "ghost" entries from your
Add/Remove Software list in Control Panel.
Reader John Lovas just got his
no-strings $30 Gift Certificate for any item at Amazon.Com— books, software,
hardware, kitchenware, toys, and more. He got it by using the
"Recommend" link at