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.

New, Free, Graphical Partitioning Tool

Fred, This just came in Scott Spanbauer’s weekly PCWorld
newsletter "Software Report" (give credit where credit is due).

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What’s On Those Old CDs?

Fred: I’ve looked on both Google and in the Plus archives
and couldn’t find a program to help me detail information on about 100 CD
ROMs.
What I need is something that will look at the contents of any CD I put in
my drive (they are usually a group of files backed up just by copying them
to the CD – sort of like we used to use floppy disks for) and add the
content info to a database with file name, path, any other info, and allow a
place for me to enter a description, and then assign a number or unique name
to the CD which I can write on it in order to keep track of what files are
on what CDs. Can you refer me to any program like that?—Becki

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Drive Size Limits

Dear Fred:
Your recent articles about adding and upgrading hard drives inspired me to
do just that. Along the way, I came across a question you hadn’t addressed.
A technical support person at my PC’s manufacturer (Gateway) told me that
each of my PC’s could only recognize a specific maximum size of hard drive
(most were 120GB, but an older machine would support only a 40GB drive).
They told me that this maximum size applied to each of the internal drives
(primary and secondary, master and slave). The tech support person could not
explain the reason for this maximum, but I guessed it to be a characteristic
of the disk interface, on the motherboard. However, they then told me that
the limit also applied to external USB drives, and that really has me stumped.
Fred, please help me answer these questions: (a) why do these limits exist,
(b) do they also apply to external drives (or to NAS drives accessed across
a network), and (c) how does one discover these limits (other than – as the
tech support person suggested – by installing a too-large, non-returnable
drive)?
Thanks,
Alun Whittaker

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Excellent, Free Add-Ins

Hi Fred.
Can’t remember if you’ve covered this site, but I just stumbled upon this "…Internet
Explorer add-in, that allows you to easily open Regedit and point it to the
exact registry path, without the need to manually open Regedit.exe and begin to
look for the relevant entry."
http://www.petri.co.il/open_in_regedit_in_ie.htm  It’s really slick!

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Temperature Tools For Dell and Other Notebooks

We linked to a number of different, temperature monitoring
tools for PCs and laptops in "Free Temperature Tools" (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-03-30.htm#2
), but Dells are different, with some proprietary hardware. Standard temp tools may not "speak" Dell.

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“Index” = “Oink?”

In "Feed Me! Feed Me Now!" (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-03-30.htm#9
), we discussed software that was consuming a reader’s CPU cycles. Here’s
another instance:

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