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.

Other Lesser-Known Cool Tools

Last issue’s "R.I.P.
SysEdit" (
) generated a ton of email: I’m sorting through it now, and will present the
collective reader feedback in an upcomiing issue.

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Cool, Free Photo/Digital Camera Tools

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

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Speaking Of Tweakers…

Relatedly (to item #4, above) in a
recent issue’s "Tweaks Times Three, With Two For Free" (
) 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.

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John J Lovas Got His Gift Certificate. Want One?

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

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About The “Universal Disk Format”

A reader ran into some issues
involving "UDF" when he was trying to get his CD drives to work with

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I Want My NGI

My first online experience was
20-ish years ago with a 300 bps (that’s 0.3 kbps) acoustic modem I’d clamp onto
the ear- and mouthpiece of my phone. It seemed cool and high-tech at the time.

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R.I.P. SysEdit

By coincidence, two readers wrote in
almost simultaneously about the late, lamented SysEdit tool— a kind of
super-notepad that used a "multiple document inteface" to open five
important Windows files at once for easy, side-by-side scrutiny and editing.
With a click, SysEdit would let you access and edit your Autoexc.bat,
Config.Sys, Win.Ini, System.Ini, and Protocol.Ini files.

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BIOS Updates

The BIOS is the "Basic
Input/Output System" of a PC— it’s one of the very first parts of a PC to
"wake up" when you hit the power switch, and it handles a variety of
extremely low-level functions that must be running before any operating system
can load and run.

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Another TweakUI Trick

We’ve recently discussed a number of
useful functions found in that veritable Swiss Army Knife of free utility
software, TweakUI.  Here’s another:

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Now Available: Updated “CleanAll!”

There’s a new a new version
available of the extremely popular "CleanAll" batch file that can
scrub your hard drive clean of huge quantities of files left behind by other
cleanup tools. 

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