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.

Networking XP With Older Windows

My computer is running XP Home and my wife’s runs ME. Her PC has a
floppy, a CD drive and a HP all in one printer/scanner/copier/fax. Mine has a CD, a CD/DVD writer and a HP printer.
I would like to have them networked so I can access her floppy, or the
all-in-one when needed.

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Divide And Conquer

You have discussed (repeatedly) the need for backup of important data. You

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Google Earth, Without the Huge Download

I used to have Google earth on my laptop, but it was a  bit
much for it so I removed it. It was a shame as I really enjoyed using it. Then one day I ran across this website  – 
Now I can use Google Earth and do not have to install it. Do not know how long
the site will be there after reading the disclaimer:

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Server vs PC Software

Hi Fred, I have been reading about your
suggestions on creating home servers with older or new computers. That is
fine and dandy but be careful about mentioning that you have a server when you
talk to various support techs and services. I mentioned that I had a server to a Norton Antivirus Tech and he told me
that I had no right to use standard Norton Antivirus software on a server
and I had to stop using it immediately and buy their server version which
costs several hundred dollars. I would imagine this holds true with other
companies too. I had to explain that it was not a business server and
really try hard to convince him it was not. The tech world is so use to
equating server with the business world that as a home user, if you refer to you
system as a server, you could get yourself into trouble. Sincerely, Dale Ashby

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Free (Non-Macromedia) Flash Player

Fred – When I had trouble recently
getting my browsers (MSIE 6 and Firefox) to recognize and open an SWF file
(shockwave) I found this handy little 385kb freeware program from, SWF-Opener. The first two mirrors seem to be dead links but
the softpedia mirror works.

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Emergency Recovery Utility

Hi Fred, I have subscribed to the Plus version
since its inception and find that its value is worth more than you charge. I recently found the free "Emergency Recovery Utility NT", ERUNT, at
… The "detailed Information"
page gives a good description of why one would want to use this program. It appears to be good program to use for incremental backup purposes so I now
use the Autoback version with its /days:n option started by the WinXP Scheduled
Tasks Manager. —Eric Bloch

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