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.

All Your OE5 Problems Solved?

In the last issue, I wrote about
"Awesome Free Resource For Solving OE5 Problems." (See
). Well, two readers sent in mails that arrived within seconds of each other—
and they just may have one-upped me <g>:

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Killing “Add/Remove” Ghost Entries

Have you ever uninstalled a program
only to find it still listed under Control Panel’s "Add/Remove
Software" list? That ghost entry in "add/Remove" is an annoyance,
and impossible to delete by normal means: If you click it, and select Uninstall,
you simply get an error message.

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Awesome Free Resource For Solving OE5 Problems

Readers often ask how to back up
their Outlook Express files; others ask how to correct problems in OE itself.
Reader Mordy Cohen— in the process of solving his own problem— found a great
resource that addresses all those issues:

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Putting the “Deep Web” To The Test

In the last issue, we talked about
an amazing white paper (
) that claimed that most web search engines actually only scratch the surface of
what’s available online. The authors of the white paper believe they have a way
to dig out information from the "deep web," which is available from
online databases and such rather than in the normal web pages that standard
search engines catalog. It’s an interesting claim, and thought-provoking

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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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