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.

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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