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 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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More Dividing, More Conquering

In "Divide And Conquer" (
) we discussed several partitioning strategies that can make huge disks more
manageable. Here’s a follow-on question:

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“May Your Life Be Filled With Lawyers…”

That’s supposedly an old Mexican curse, although I suspect the sentiment may
be cross-cultural. I mention it here because a recent item raised the tricky
issue of software licensing (see ) and also gave this
reader pause:

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Still *Another* Code Load Success Story

After his site was listed in the last "Load The Code" section, this reader

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8-bit Colors In A 32-Bit World

Hi Fred, I have an older program, Crazy for Ragtime, that
was delightful, with MIDI, movies, and lots of history. Recently, I tried to
install it on XP Pro. I also have 2 LG Flatron LCD monitors. The program
would always crash. One day I discovered that it wanted to display in 256
colors. My monitors don’t display that low. Is there any way to get around
this problem. I have tried the Compatibility method without success but I
hate to lose such a valuable program. Any thoughts? —Hal Allert

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As Win98 (Finally) Fades Into The Sunset…

Dear Fred, Thanks so much for the Plus! help over the last
several years. With your help, I support the personal computers of a number
of family members and friends, about five of whom still run 98SE and do not
have the resources to upgrade at this time. I have kept them free firewalled, free anti-virused, and hotfixed, but the schedule has been
somewhat erratic as it depends upon when I can get to them, and some are out
of town. So far, they have had no problems that I can’t correct.

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