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.

Firewall Incorrectly Blocks Local Traffic

Fred- Basic question from a Plus subscriber:
I have a small office network- NT 4.0 server, 4 XPPro clients, hardwired
ethernet. One of the clients connects to the Net with DSL. The server
connects to the net thru the client, but very rarely. The client that
connects to the net runs ZoneAlarm firewall (free version) and works fine. I also run ZA on the server to protect it. Is this necessary?  It tends to
cause minor problems and blockages. If I remove ZA from the server, will it
be vulnerable or will the ZA on the client protect the whole network?  If
not, is there an easy way to disconnect the server from the internet, and
reconnect it only for the very rare times (1-2/yr)  that I would need to
restart ZA and get onto the net? Thanks for all you do. —Michael Halpert

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Hoist By Their Own Petard

Fred, When I checked my spam folder I found a marketing
message from BellSouth to its customers. I thought it was very ironic that
its own spam filters caught a company message and placed it in the spam
filter, probably never to be seen by many.

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A Burning Question

Hi Fred — just hafta say first – ‘love your Plus!
newsletter’, and I just
re-upped too.

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Peter Norton re: “Webaroo”

LangaList reader Peter Norton— yes, *that* Peter Norton, whose eponymous
tools are now produced and sold by Symantec— is a fan of Wikipedia, as am I.
But he’s been playing with a new Wikipedia-based tool I hadn’t heard of. It
sounds like it could be good, once the paint’s dry and they’ve worked out the

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Mothballing A PC

Hi Fred, I’ve been a LangaList reader for a couple years
and this last year upgraded to the Plus edition. Well worth the money.

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Reader-Experience With A Recommended Tool

Fred, Saw the article in the latest newsletter and just had to let you know that
"Image for Windows" ( ) was the backup program I finally settled on after an
exhaustive search for one that fit how I wanted to do backups. Wouldn’t you know
that no sooner had I made my image backups that my secondary drive died. I
replaced it with a 200 GB drive partitioning it with several partitions after
this program made quick work of replacing my OS partition. I had the chance to
try it one week later when the new drive died a premature death. Both times it
worked flawlessly and got me back up and running in about 30 minutes. I highly
recommend this backup program.

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