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.

A Free Window-Positioner

In "A Window-Positioner, And
More" (
) we talked about Zmover, a $10 shareware "program to position windows
automatically and keep them there (for example, IE5 puts new windows in
different places, which is very annoying)."

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Rosetta Stone, Improved

In "A Rosetta Stone" (
) we discussed a way to obtain all the keywords to the complex Microsoft
KnowledgeBase: Knowing the keyword system lets you avoid off-target searches and
zero in on just what you want.

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ZoneAlarm Pro Updated

Long-time readers know I’m a major
fan of ZoneAlarm, the personal firewall from ZoneLabs. (See

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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 (
) 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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friend. Your friend just may find a new source of useful information; I just may
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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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