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.

Sloooow XP Shutdown

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

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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
XP boxes:

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XP’s No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option

It’s one of those software design decisions that makes you scratch your head
and wonder, "What were they thinking?"

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Annual Update on Macy-Jean

Remember Macy-Jean Calinawan, from the Philippines? We first met
her here ( ), and a while
later saw how much she’s been growing. (  ). We also got a
handprint painting from her here:

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Windows Vista Preflight Checks

Following our discussion of the free Vista beta ( ):

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Another Concern Re: Win98

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…

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