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.


Hi Fred, love the newsletter. I’ve been a Plus
subscriber for a long time. I wanted to recommend one more compression program.
I’ve tried virtually every one of them at one time or another, and have always
come back to WinRar. It has a customizable interface (I’ve removed all buttons
except Add, Extract To, Delete and Extract), its much much faster than
7Zip, much more intuitive, the Extract button extracts the file to where the
compressed file is located (ie, here!), the Extract To button lets you pick
where to extract, Add & Delete are self explanatory. Also, unlike WinZip, (this
is from their website – You also receive the benefit of a life-time use of the
WinRAR archiver. No upgrade fee to pay. When a new release is made, simply
download and install, your license is valid for life.) Plus it offers the
capability that most don’t (although 7Zip does) of making split volume
compression files that you can later recombine to make one large file. I’ve
tried them all and in IMHO WinRar is far and away the best. $29 for lifetime
license. Hope you’ll take a looksee (especially since the trial is for free!)
Cheers… Steve Butler

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WiFi Security Question

Hi Fred,
love your Plus! newsletter. extremely informative. I purchase it every year.

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$999 Virtual Server Product Now Free!

Now that Microsoft has released its Virtual Server for free, I was wondering if you have any tips about setting it up and using it,
since you use it and like it. Thanks!  —BBentley

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For Non-Nudist Laptop Users

Just a note of thanks on the recommendation of Speed Fan. [See "Feverish Laptop"
Since installing it I figured out, per their instructions, which was my
CPU temperature. Watching this I noticed that relative to the settings
they had on their site, my CPU (Pentium D, 3GHz) appeared to be running
hot, averaging around 130F. So I got out the air compressor hose
and blasted out the cooling vanes and fan from dust, even though this
computer is only about 6 months old. She’s now averaging 109F, a change
that I found very impressive. I didn’t realize how fast dust could
accumulate and impact the ability for the cooling system to do it’s job.
Best Regards,
Bruce McCormick
One of the problems with laptops is that
they’re often used on, well, laps! All clothing continually sheds fibers and
dust, and a laptop or notebook can act as a mini-vacuum cleaner, actively sucking
the fibers and dust from the user’s trousers or skirt deep within itself.

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Powerful, Free Tool

Hi Fred,
I have been trying out program launchers for some time looking for something
that would be easy to use and configure.

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Optimizing DSL/Cable Connections

Hi Fred, As I investigated optimizing my DSL
connection I visited the SpeedGuide analysis page: The page shows you some of your
connection settings and recommends changes, however, at the top of the
report it says if the IP address shown is not your IP address then read the

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Drive Upgrade Follow-On Question

Just signed up for the Premium Langa List after freeloading for six years. 
Figured it was way past time for your great news letter.

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