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.

Many More Gadgets That Spy On You

In issues past, we discussed the
"CueCat," a handheld scanner that was promoted as a way to save the
world from the onerous task of typing URLs. (As if it’s all that hard!) But
under the covers, CueCat actually was a brilliant marketing tool: The more you
used it, the more the CueCat makers learned about you and your preferences, thus
allowing them to "target" you with advertising.  (See

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Granny Knows Best

Reader Sheryl Clark— who goes by
the nom-de-email of "GrannyC"— has an excellent suggestion you might
want to keep in mind the next time you’re doing major system work:

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None Like It Hot

Have you ever touched the surface of a working computer’s CPU chip— say, a
Pentium or an Athlon? These days, they get hot enough to take off your fingerprints.

Heat is the enemy of a CPU chip. The cooler a CPU chip is kept, the more stable it
is and the longer it lasts, simple as that.

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Space Stations Keep Fallin’ On My Head…

As you’ve probably heard, the
Russian Mir station will be "deorbited" soon. If all goes according to
plan (hey, what could go wrong? <g>), many tons of high-velocity,
incendiary rubble will splash down in the South Pacific. (The bigger chunks will
not burn up in the atmosphere.)

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Xteq Systems’ X-Setup 6.0 Public Beta 1

We’ve discussed Xteq’s utility in
the past (
). With only a little hyperbole, it’s described as "the ultimate mother of
all Windows tweaking utilities for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/Millennium."

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There’s a new mail-forwarding
service just getting started: It’s intended to help you dodge spam, and it’s
called SpamEx:

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A Rosetta Stone!

Here’s the good part: The Microsoft
Knowledgebase is a vast, free online library of searchable information on all of
Microsoft products. It began life many years ago as the tool that Microsoft’s
own support technicians used to help resolve user problems: Once a fix was found
for a problem, it was entered into the Knowledgebase so others facing the same
problem could easily find and access the solution.

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