Fred, You’ve had many discussions on optimizing the
Windows XP boot-up time, but I’m now experiencing a slow shut down time.
After clicking Start/Shut Down, there is often times a long period of time
before the shut down dialogue window pops up. This is even after I’ve
closed all open programs. I think this slow shut down time can sometimes
relate to hard drive intensive activities involving a lot of temporary file
storage, and the hard drive is spending time purging these files. I can
correlate this to when I had recorded CD’s or DVD’s during a session. But
other times I only had the computer on to read email (in Outlook) and/or do
a little web browsing. What else can be slowing my shut down time and what
can I do about it? Thanks for the great newsletter. —Greg Ray
Hi Fred, Regarding reader Garrett Stevens’ post on
MP3 (in the Plus edition 07-28-2005) there was some good information on
ripping, burning and using MP3 files. One thing that I disagree on is the
sound quality of 128k bitrate. I use the Lame codec and maybe I have a tin
ear, but the 128k bitrate sounds good to me. It would be a waste of file space
for me to encode in anything faster than 128k because I can’t hear any
improvement in the faster bitrates. I would encourage others to try the 128k bitrate and compare for themselves to the faster bitrates. It could be that
they can’t tell any improvement in the sound quality either. I too use the
MMJB to rip and convert files between Wave and MP3 and it works great for me
also. I have used the MMJB to write the files to CDs but usually use Record
Now! to write to disc and I seldom create a coaster. By the way, I love your
newsletter and have been a subscriber to the Plus edition since its debut.
Best value for my money I could spend. —Larry Peterson.
In "Windows Genuine Advantage" Glitches?" (#10 in
and "Windows Genuine Advantage" Glitch Confirmed (#13 in
http://langalist.com/plus/newsletters/2006/2006-06-08plus.asp ), we
discussed a growing number of issues surrounding recent version of the WGA tool
that Microsoft is installing via Windows Update.
Computer guru John Woram (
) recently tussled with ZoneAlarm, and shared his frustrations:
Speaking of "Symantecification" (above) there’s also "Adobefication:"
Look at how bloated what once was a simple, small PDF reader has become. As a
result, a number of people have produced smaller, simpler tools that do what the
original Adoba Acrobat Reader did— let you read PDFs, period.
Item #4, above, deals with free firewalls in general, and Win98 firewalls in
particular. Here’s info on another relatively new firewall that’s for Win2K and
It’s one of those software design decisions that makes you scratch your head
and wonder, "What were they thinking?"
Remember Macy-Jean Calinawan, from the Philippines? We first met
her here (
http://langa.com/newsletters/2002/meet_macy_jean.htm ), and a while
later saw how much she’s been growing. (
http://www.freetune.com/images/macy_jean200210a.jpg ). We also got a
handprint painting from her here:
Following our discussion of the free Vista beta (
Fred: Thanks for a newsletter that is the only thing of
its type that I always find time to read and never, ever delete! But a
couple of things you’ve said lately have given me food for thought, and I
think I need some sensible advice…