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.

Covering Your LCD Assets

Fred: My long-serving CRT monitor
recently got tired, so I got a nice big LCD monitor on sale at Staples. It’s
great. But reading its literature, I got nervous about all the warnings about
the fragility of the LCD display and that impact damage is not covered by its
warranty. That made me search catalogs and on-line for protective screens— and
I was shocked at their cost, over $100, more than half of the cost of the
monitor itself ! But I found a great and reasonably-priced alternative: 1/8"
thick clear Lucite Acrylic Plastic. A local plastics store’s scrap bin contained
several pieces that were just a little bigger than what I needed (16 3/4" x 13
1/4"). Including cutting it to size, it set me back just $3.00 It was easy to
attach to the monitor with a few little pieces of Duct Tape, and it provides
complete protection for the screen. If there’s no Plastics Store locally (check
the Yellow Pages), try your local hardware store. Many sell the same thing, cut
to size, for storm doors etc. —Eric

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Still Not Getting The Messages

Can you help me? I lost my entire
INBOX at Outlook Express – 650 folders. I have been trying to use DBXtract. I
have been successful with recovering some of the files. Others give me an
‘extracted’ comment but nothing is transferred. I have to do this
manually. Sandy Hart

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Well Documented Document Error

I hate to bother you with such a
trivial thing as this, but perhaps others have the same problem. Some time ago,
my email program (Mozilla) and my Google program began something strange. On
occasion, clicking a link in one of them will not result in opening the
indicated link, but rather in an error message that states that a "related" file
could not be "saved" because "the source file could not be found".

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And *Another* Code Load Success Story!

After his site was listed in the last "Load The Code" section, this
code-loader wrote:

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Getting The Big Picture — Instantly

Fred – Welcome back. Love the newsletter. Missed
you during your move. Quick help needed. I have a picture (jpg file) that I
would like to use as a screen saver. How do I do that (convert jpg to scr).
Secondly, I would like to create shortcut to the screen saver and put it on the
desktop so I can close my PC in one click. — Padam

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System Restore and Microsoft’s Confusing Naming Practices

Fred, Thanks for all you do.  I look
forward to each issue. I have a question:
Every one of my partitions contains a folder "System Volume Information". Curious about what’s in it and how much of my resources it is using, I click on
it and receive the reply "System Volume Information in not accessible. Access
is denied". I can’t read it, and I can’t delete it. What’s this all about?
Don Haff

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Setting Up An Online Store, Pt 1

Dear Fred:
Thank you for a great newsletter.  I think I have subscribed ever since, I think
the closing of, was it "Windows" magazine?

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Setting Up An Online Store, Pt 2

(continued from above)

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Virtual PC Virtually Doesn’t Work With Vista

Fred, Glad to have you back. Your column has
been sorely missed. I am not a novice, but darned if I understand how to work a
Virtual PC. I want to run a VPC to try Vista but I cannot figure out how to make
it work. Maybe there are other "dummies" who don’t get it. —Ed Clabaugh

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Two Ways To Put Windows On A Diet

Dear Fred, I was curious if you’ve heard
about nLite. if you haven’t, here’s a generic description: nLite lets you choose
which components to remove from Windows 2000, XP or 2003 before installation. By
removing unneeded components you gain on your system speed and security. It
supports removal of almost any component and few services. You can make a
bootable ISO and easily slipstream Service packs with a click of a button. Use
the easy cd-key implementation so you don’t need to enter it during setup. If
you have heard of it or even tried it, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
I’ve been using it for several months now and I find it to be a interesting and
powerful utility. Installing Windows is much faster and I don’t have to spend
time entering my name, key or other info. My favorite feature is Component
Removal. I can trim Windows of its bloat and it will only use 40-50% of its
default installation size. Sincerely, Kevin

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