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.

Reader Sites Top 1,000

Well over 1,000 of your
fellow readers have "Loaded the code." Please click over to
, and maybe you can join them! (If you’ve already "Loaded The Code"
and are wondering if your site will appear here or on the Langa.Com web site,
please see 

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Son of PUKA!

If the word "puka" doesn’t
mean anything to you, or if it only conjures images of Polynesian seashells,
then read on:

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DMA on Win2K & NT

The Microsoft Knowledgebase is truly
huge— so huge, it can be hard to dig out information. Part of the problem is
in the keywording system: If you happen to frame your query in exactly the way
some KnowledgeBase worker imagined you would, using the same keywords in your
search as the Microsoftie originally input, then you find a trove of great

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“NTLM” Security Problem

If you’re running  Office 2000,
Windows 2000, or Windows Me, there’s a problem in the "Web Client NTLM
Authentication" that you need to know about.

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Plus Edition In High Gear

The LangaList Plus! Edition got off
to an excellent start Monday. No, not a perfect start— there were some minor
glitches— but given that it involves three new versions of the newsletter and
a new web site, it went pretty well. <g>

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PLUS Extra: Speed Searches By 100x?

Know the saying
"necessity of the mother of invention?" Well, the needs of a LangaList
reader— a German Journalist Living in Florida—led him to invent an extremely
cool way to search. It goes way beyond what we normally know as
"metasearching," and the result— well,  lemme just say that I
*love* his site. 

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MAD about DMA

Wow! What a commotion the current
WinMag article on  DMA caused! (See
) Many, many readers have reported instant speed increases similar to the ones I
reported (5-15%); and all just by clicking on the right choice-box in Windows.

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PuterGeek Strikes Again

Peter Crockett, the webmaster at
PuterGeek, is at it again, and has produced another lively, useful resource page
aimed at helping novice and intermediate users get up to speed on some of the
arcana of computing. He writes:

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Miss Your OS CDs? Me, Too!

Canadian reader Derrick Kearney
expressed an increasingly-common frustration recently:

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Host Files: You Be The Judge

Last issue’s item on the
potential evils of using the "Hosts" file to block ads (
) brought some interesting replies. 

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