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.

Update: System Setup Secrets

The "P" in PC stands for
"personal." But most new PCs ship in a generic state designed to suit
the lowest common denominator among buyers. New PCs are almost never tuned
optimally for performance, and in fact, often arrive with very safe,
conservative settings that are designed more to minimize returns and tech
support calls than to deliver all the performance of which the new machine is

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Polarized Reactions To Yoline

I didn’t think it would be
controversial. As stated in the previous issue (

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Puka-Puka Leads To Another Discovery

Reader Shawn Jefferds started
following the recent links (
) on solving the annoyance of having your floppy drive engage in seeming-random
seeks from time to time (and in the process, making a noise that goes something
like "puka-puka-puka…") but he found something else along the way:

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Tweaks Times Three, With Two For Free

A recent item in the Plus! edition
on removing "ghost" entries in Control Panel’s "Add/Remove
Software" applet— entries for software you no longer have installed—
triggered a mini-flood of email, so much so that it’s worth opening the
discussion to the wider newsletter readership:

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M*lissa Virus Returns

(To keep this email from triggering
email virus filters, I’ll use an asterisk in place of the letter "e"
in sensitive spots.)

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Meet Yoline Louis, Part Of The LangaList Family

Yoline lives in Haiti. She’s just
three years old. Normally, kids living in Haiti— the poorest country in the
western hemisphere— have a pretty bleak future. But Yoline’s just got
brighter, thanks to LangaList Plus! subscribers.

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Fed Up With Outlook/Outlook Express?

Writing from India, reader Suresh
reacted to recent posts of sites filled with information on overcoming
Outlook/Outlook Express problems. Suresh has an alternate suggestion with which
I heartily concur:

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The “PowerPoint File Parsing Vulnerability”

If you use PowerPoint 2000 you may
want to grab a new patch Microsoft just released that corrects a small potential
security hole. Microsoft says: 

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