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.

Defrag Solution #2,345,677…

Some topics just won’t die. 8-)
We’ve covered problems with Defrag hanging or never finishing many times before
) and have touched on just about all the tricks and fixes, including the most
common solution which is simply to close *all* other apps. But the topic comes
up again and again in emails from readers.

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A Hacker Tool With A Good Use

A reader who probably prefers to
remain anonymous did some additional snooping after learning about the new
"we own your PC" policy at Juno (see item #1, above):

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Juno to Users: TANSTAAFL

TANSTAAFL is the acronym for
"There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch;" it was first popularized
by author Robert A. Heinlein, many years ago. Of course, it refers to the fact
that things that appear free usually have a hidden cost, and we’ve discussed the
TANSTAAFL principle twice before in these pages. (See

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Deleting Typing Errors in IE5 URLs

Paul Kunino Lynch ran into an
all-too-common problem:

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Speaking Of The Registry…

In the "Free Registry Primer,
and More" item in a recent issue (
) we discussed several places where you can get excellent information on this
often-misunderstood part of all Windows Operating Systems.

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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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