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.

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
glitches:

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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" (

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/imagew.html ) 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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When Following The Instructions Leads You Astray…

I mentioned in a recent newsletter that I’d gotten some
new WiFi gear for my home and office. It’s a Netgear "wap54g"  access
point, and the hardware’s well done.

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Does That Movie Seem Slightly Slo-Mo to You?

Re: Today’s Langalist filing "Music File
Sizes" [
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-05-29.htm#9 ] prompts me to
respond to your error Movies are recorded at 28 frames per second. NO!
Sound motion pictures are recorded at 24 fps regardless of film width. Television frame rate is 30fps.

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Air, Oil, Water…

Fred, The current issue’s "Just For Grins" link to an
oil-cooled PC ( http://tinyurl.com/c3mc2
) reminded me that when the RAF was teaching me all about RDF (later called
Radar) in 1942 the instructor said their first transmitters were
water-cooled!

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