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.

Last Days To “Recommend And Win”

On May 31, I’ll choose three more monthly winners who each will get a FREE
ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION to the LangaList Plus! edition. (If your name is drawn and
you’re already a Plus! subscriber, your current subscription will be extended by
a full year.)

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Asking For Trouble

Fred: My teenage grandson has set up a broadband router for
the family’s computers. He tells me the router protects against all malicious
attacks and has now disabled his anti-virus and firewall programs, plus the
Anti-spyware programs – is there any truth in what he says. I fear that if he
does get a virus I shall have the job of getting rid of it. —Mike Pugh

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Penny-Wise…?

The company I work for uses CD-Rs as a portable drive. In that
they format the disk so it can be written to and "erased" by a CD Burner (I
guess you understood what I meant). They have been using the same disks for
several years with yearly changes being put on the disk and then the disk being
filed until the next year. Lately there have been some strange things happening
where all the data on the disk is lost. Someone thought that maybe using the
disks are rewriteables is the problem. My question is, can a CD-R be used as a
CD-RW? Or once a document is saved to the disk is it actually there for ever?
Even if the directory shows it has been deleted? Thanks in advance for your
assistance, John.

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AV Tools Block Good Software

Fred: In hopes of preventing frustration on the part of other
subscribers I want to share this story.

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Lightning Veteran Speaks

Hi, Fred.
I’ve been a subscriber for many years, and have sent quite a few friends and
fiends in your direction.

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USB Chicken/Egg Solution

Fred, A solution to your reader’s need to back up files from
his damaged 98 system

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Help System Needs Help

Fred,
The information you provided for "How To Safely Add Or Replace A Hard Drive"
with photo illustrations (
http://www.informationweek.com/showArticle.jhtml;?articleID=181502411 ) is what I needed when I replaced my first
hard drive. The Disk
Management Tool is, indeed, a jewel – I use it for changing drive letters for my
DVD-ROMs so they can retain their identity when I use a Media Card reader or USB
drives. However I needed more hand-holding when I partitioned my hard drives  –
I used Partition Magic 8.

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Music File Sizes

Hi Fred, I’ve been a Plus subscriber for some time and
learn something new from each newsletter.

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