I’ve opened a third(!) web site to
run alongside the other two that support this newsletter: You probably already
know about Langa.Com, and if you’ve downloaded the free files there, you may
have noticed that the downloads were handled by a mirror site I maintain at
Freetune.Com. But even splitting the files across two sites wasn’t enough to
keep Langa.Com within its already-high bandwidth allocation (it’s already a
"platinum level" site, in Verio-speak, but still routinely blows
through the data-transfer limits there). So I’ve recently launched a brand-new
"LangaList.Com" to help share the load.
A reader who calls himself
"Joeymacaroni" (!) 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 http://www.langa.com/recommend.htm
In recent issues, we’ve gone over
many options of creating stand-alone, self-contained backups on inexpensive
burn-it-yourself CDs: See http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=%22drive+image%22&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
I haven’t tried the above
combination yet, but reader Lawrence Golodner has:
We’ve talked about Cacheman many
times before ( http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=cacheman&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
): It’s a free tool that helps you experiment with various settings for Windows’
disk cache: The idea is to help prevent excessive swapping of data from RAM to
disk and back again, and thus improve performance.
Yesterday, I selected a random
winner from all those who used the "recommend" form at Langa.Com.
(Once I get a confirmation back from that person, I’ll tell you their name.)
In "CD vs DVD For Backups"
we discussed the likely long shelf- and production life of today’s CD format,
making CD-R a reasonable choice for backups— especially if you include the
tool you need to restore the CD contents on the CD along with the backed-up
Also in the last issue ( http://www.freetune.com/listplus/newsletters/2001/2001-02-26plus.htm
) I told you of a techno-snafu that slowed a simple site move from the normal
3-ish days to something that took a month.
Plus! subscriber Phil Prince asks:
A lot of people are up in arms,
outraged by the new business practices described in "Peer-To-Peer’s Dark
Side" at http://www.byte.com/column/BYT20010222S0004
.That article is about Juno (the giant ISP) inventing and implementing a new
kind of business model whereby they can take over their customers’ CPUs in an
aggressive and stealthy manner (using a kind of "peer to peer," or
"P2P" technology), and sell their users’s aggregate computing power to
You might be tempted to blow this
off with the thought "Hey, Juno’s a free ISP, and people who use it deserve
what they get."