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.

New Month— New Winner!

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.)

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A CD That Holds 1,000 Gigabytes?

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

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Your Credit Card Subscription Security

Plus! subscriber Phil Prince asks:

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Vendors Want A Piece Of Your CPU

A lot of people are up in arms,
outraged by the new business practices described in "Peer-To-Peer’s Dark
Side" at
.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
third parties.
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."

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Feedback Re: The Ads

[this item not of major concern to
Plus! subscribers]

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A Free “Go Back” or “System Restore” Tool

Last week I rebuilt my office LAN
almost from the ground up, and was trying a number of iterations of various
configurations to see what would work best for the mongrel mix of systems I have

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More Free Tools You May Already Have

Reader John Collins did some digging
after our discussion of "Cool Tools" (
) and turned up this way to speed reinstalls of Windows. It’s also not a
novice-friendly tool, but if you find yourself setting up Windows the same way
over and over, it can be a major time saver:

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Cool Tool Trick

In Item #1 in this
issue, we discussed some Cool Tools. Relatedly, Plus! subscriber Ted Myers sends
along this handy trick for making… 

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