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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.

Still Waiting For Microsoft’s Mail…

My programs crash pretty often, and
when that happens, a window pops up that asks me to send an error report to MS,
which I do. What happens to these reports? My impression was that MS would
analyze them, and eventually email back the reason these programs crash. Is that
a fantasy? Why should it be a one-way flow of information from me to MS? What do
I get out of these reports? Sincerely, Steve Brown

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Still Another Code-Load Success

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

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Waaaaay Too Much Background Activity

Fred: You recently listed the new I tunes 7 as a resource hog.  I don’t
have much of a problem with that as I do with the new version 2007 of trend
micro internet security.  as I write this e mail, I am getting a lag of several
second between typing and display, the program is taking as much as 50% of my
cpu & 85,000k of memory just to run in the background. I have contacted them, I
have received no response other than their canned text. It is also causing my
hard drive to spin up steadily for 10 minutes after the computer boots.  I have
a p-4 HT 2.6 with 512 megs of ram, not a screaming powerhouse by today’s
standards but it should be able to run a anti virus program and e mail at the
same time. —Bob & Paul Hadley

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Bring Order To Start Menu Mayhem

Dear Fred, Thanks for a great newsletter. I
wonder if you can suggest an answer to this problem which I think many people
must have. When I go to Start-Programs (I am running XP SP2) the programs are
displayed but as I have quite a lot of programs many of them are out of sight to
the right of the screen. I’m sure there must be a way to overcome this but I
have been unable to find it. There does not seem to be a way to scroll through
the programs to see the ones out of sight. I have searched the Help and looked
on the Internet and on the Microsoft site but no success. Can you please tell us
how to overcome this problem which I think must affect many people? Thanks and
kind regards, —Mark Digby

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Links That Launch Both Site *And* Browser

On my desktop I have several short cuts to
web sites – who doesn’t? But they all go via the default web browser— and
sometimes I would prefer to go via a different browser. How might I force such a
shortcut to go through the browser of my choice? Hope you can help, —Vaughan

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Great Backup Scheme, With One Catch

A concern I have with Spafford’s backup
scheme (#14 in ): The
connectors. The ThumbDrive connector may break, in which case it’s probably a goner. Don’t
recall where I saw the advice, but I use a short USB extension cable for my
Corsair Flash Voyager 2GB. That spares the USB connector on the Flash media from
RSI (of a sort ;)

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How To Get Langa Blog Via E-Mail

Hi, Mr. Langa: I am a plus subscriber but
need ask about your blog: I picked up valuable tip from your blog about likely
Microsoft promotion probably starting for Oct. 26 purchase of any vista-capable
computer. Based on this I deferred purchase until that time. Your tip will save
me some money— always welcome. Other than going to your site daily or
whatever, is there some way to subscribe to the blog for email delivery? Thank
you. —Oers kelemen

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Another Great Fax Alternative

You certainly have the best newsletter in
this field. Keep up the good work! Re the issue of receiving and (especially!)
sending Faxes via a broadband Internet connection ("Just the Fax, Ma’am" ): I’ve been using
Net2Phone’s CommCenter (and its predecessors) for several years now. This
utility appears to the OS as just another printer; "printing" a document to this
"printer" results in the document being Faxed to a specified recipient. The
software is free; the usage is not, but it is quite reasonable, and I have been
very satisfied with this utility. Tony Chariott ought to try it, too. With many
thanks for all the useful stuff! —Arye.

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Software Reads EULAs (So You Don’t Have To)

Hello again, Fred! A recent article entitled
"X1 Search Utility Phones Home" from the 2006-10-16 edition prompted me to write
in about "EULAlyzer". I searched back-issues and couldn’t find a reference to
the program although I was sure that you did cover it a few months back.

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