You have to imagine Bill Gates standing over you, a
menacing gleam in his eye: "So tell me, punk" he says. "You feeling lucky? Well,
Thanks for the newsletter. The searchable archive more than paid for the
subscription for years to come. I just bought a laptop and am using your
suggestions to get it set up the way I want it.
Fred: Maybe you can enlighten me and
hopefully many others with a *non-partisan* appraisal of the following
question. What is *Network Neutrality*, and is it something we [et all]
need to be aware of, and monitor the evolution? I reference:
Dear Fred, A few years back, "single chip
upgrades" seemed to be all the rage. Replacing the main processor chip on
the motherboard was touted (along with more RAM and maybe a video card
upgrade) as a way of breathing new life into a tired old system. Today I
virtually never see a processor upgrade mentioned. Are they still done?
Long-time readers know this newsletter is a one-person
private project of mine: It’s not part of some publishing empire’s stable of
publications. It’s just me here! <g> There’s no budget, staff or facility to
handle outreach and promotions: The newsletter depends on word of mouth to grow.
Fred: Thanks for weeks and weeks of great PC help and entertainment –
been a Plus subscriber now for a year and can’t do without my weekly dose of
A while back you had mentioned that you have a bare bones cheap PC with nothing
much on it that is connected to the internet and the rest of your hardware all
sits behind this machine. I have a hard time understanding how this
configuration is set up. Do you use 2 NICs in this first PC? Could you please
cover this sometime in the newsletter?
We’ve covered ways to track down various mysterious
"ghost-in-the-machine" actions and sounds of late (see
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-04-13.htm#3 . Here are some
additional things to consider:
Windows XP’s Recovery Console is a good but very
Maybe I was lost in a "forest through the trees" problem.
Maybe I just spaced out. But in any case, in "Free Tool & Demo From Fred" (
) we discussed a problem designed to (1) illustrate the general
principles of automating some commands that normally resist
automation; and (2) specifically, to clean up errant TMP files that were
accumulating in a reader’s C: folders.