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.

Ready For A New Beta? (IE7)

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,
do you?"

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Feverish Laptop

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.

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“Network Neutrality”

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: 

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Upgrade Vs Replace?

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?

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PR Budget Still $0.00

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.

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Zip Central, 7-Zip

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
"Fred Plus".

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Connection-Sharing Question

Hi Fred,
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? 

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Still *More* Ghostbusting

We’ve covered ways to track down various mysterious
"ghost-in-the-machine" actions and sounds of late (see and . Here are some
additional things to consider:

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Very Cool Tweak: The OS Hidden Inside The OS

Windows XP’s Recovery Console is a good but very
limited tool.

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Fred’s Deep Blush (Deleting TMP Files) Pt1

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.

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