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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.

Two-In-One Reader Recommendation: Software and Site

Reader Leo Wilson found good
software on a nice site. I’d heard about— and have mentioned— the software
before, but  I’d never seen the site before. After looking, I wish I’d
found it sooner! <g>

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Free Registry Primer, and More

To many Windows users, the Registry is
Terra Incognita, populated with DAT files and Hkeys and patches (oh my!).
Indeed, the Registry is not generally well-explained.
But I was poking around in the
Knowledgebase a few days ago, I came across a decent little primer on the
Registry— defining terms, file names, locations, and such. It’s at
, and is a good way to begin to understand the Registry, or to refresh your
memory quickly if you’re a little rusty. I don’t know when Microsoft posted this
primer, but it still seems mostly current.

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Another Way To Help Defrag (And More)

Jerry Benton writes:

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Never Too Late For “System Setup Secrets!”

Reader "Skwall" has a
not-so-new system, so he wondered if it was too late to benefit from the current
"System Setup Secret" article (

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WinME? NotME!

I spent the better part of this past
month deep in the guts of WinME— and I gotta tell you, it wasn’t pretty. 8-)

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Psst! Wanna Peek At Your Online Future?

The "Next Generation
Internet" project has been perking along for about 6 years now, and has
generated some very interesting— though largely unknown-to-the-public—
applications and spin offs. 
Some of the most splashy and
spectacular examples of applied NGI technology are scattered around various U.S.
government sites. 

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Plus! Password/Site Update

The DNS changes for are wending
their way through the Internet name server hierarchy even as you read this, and
before long, "LangaList.Com" will be open for business alongside

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Shutdown Woes— Solved!

Win9x (and that includes WinME,
which is really just a gussied-up version of Win98SE) all too often has problems
shutting down cleanly. There are many reason why, including the fact that the
hardware power-control standards have changed radically over the last few years:
Hardware shutdown procedures that work fine with one set of power-control APIs
may not work well with the other. 

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AntiVirus Frustration

The last issue of this newsletter
discussed a new outbreak of a well-known virus. (
) Even though I disguised the virus’ name in the text, it still was enough to
set off email virus-scanners in droves. Hundreds— maybe thousands— of you
didn’t get your issues because your ISP or company (or even PC) has an AV
scanner that was smart enough to fuzzy-match the virus’ name against its
database, but not smart enough to realize that the mere mention of a virus’ name
does not mean that an email carries the virus. Duh!

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Last Days To Enter Drawing!

On January 31, I’ll choose another
monthly winner of a no-strings $30 Gift Certificate for any item at
Amazon.Com— books, software, hardware, kitchenware, toys… To have a shot at
winning, just use the following link to recommend the LangaList to a friend.
Your friend just may find a new source of useful information; I just may gain a
new subscriber; and you just may a $30 shopping spree! (Full details also
available via this link):

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