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.

Another Great Search Utility Found

Hey, Fred – A good search utility can
be downloaded here:
http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/. Keep up the good work. George
Salley

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Just the Fax, Ma’am

Howdy Fred, I look forward to discovering
new information that fills your newsletters. I’m hoping you can help me with
this problem.

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Flog the Blog!

OK, you know what "Load the Code" is all
about (see above). Now, if you have a blog of your own, you can participate in a
similar service: "Flog The Blog." <g>

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Patching Up Windows After Patch Breaks It

Fred, I got exactly the same thing in the
last few days just as Jim did ("Can Swap Files Cause Blue Screens Of Death?"

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-09-21.htm#3 ), and I figured out
what caused it— this week’s Microsoft Windows Security Updates!

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Still *More* Extra Content!

Yes, it’s yet another longer-than-usual expanded issue, as Mike
and I work to

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Mo’ Betta Linuxes

Fred,
Noticed the discussion of Ubuntu in your newsletter (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-09-28.htm#3 ). Thought I would
share my experiences with Linux. I have been shopping for a Linux
implementation that could be used by a computer layman. Many are usable
right off the boot/install live cd. My favorites used to be Knoppix and
Kanotix. However; the big hangup is installation of additional software. As
you know lots is available but after downloading you need to be a linux
terminal whiz to just find where you downloaded the software, then use the
correct commands (which you must scour the internet to find) to extract,
compile and then run the installation script.  This is a nightmare for me,
and I started computers with HDOS and CPM working exclusively from the
command line.

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MFT Needs Its Space

Fred: I run Diskeeper 10 to defrag my hard
disks and upon completion get the following message: "Due to the high MFT usage,
it is recommended that you expand the MFT on this volume. Use the Frag Shield
option in the Diskeeper configuration properties to configure this volume to a
larger size." I’ve read a few items about changing the MFT and quite frankly it
scares me to make changes. Have you had any experience or reports about using
the Diskeeper option to modify the MFT? Thanks. —Bob

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More Re: Virtually Running Vista

Our recent piece on running Vista inside Microsoft
Virtual PC (VPC) ("Virtual PC Virtually Doesn’t Work With Vista"

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-10-05.htm#5 ) generated some
useful— and unexpected— information from readers about running Vista in
virtual environments.

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