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.

“NTLDR is missing”

Dear Fred, I thoroughly enjoy your letter. Now I’m not
particularly geeky. I run a small architectural firm which means I do the
computer fixes for the most part.

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Defrag Just Won’t Finish

Hello Mr. Langa.
I hope you can help me with this problem. My computer will not defrag. This is
the first time I’ve had a problem with it. When I run defrag it gets to about
12 percent and stops  with a message saying some files cannot be defragmented.

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Drowning In Dead Drivers

Hi Fred. A thousand thank yous for the
news letter.

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More Mothballs

The item "Mothballing A PC" (
), which covered how to store a PC for long periods of disuse, brought this
additional suggestion from a reader:

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Firewall Incorrectly Blocks Local Traffic

Fred- Basic question from a Plus subscriber:
I have a small office network- NT 4.0 server, 4 XPPro clients, hardwired
ethernet. One of the clients connects to the Net with DSL. The server
connects to the net thru the client, but very rarely. The client that
connects to the net runs ZoneAlarm firewall (free version) and works fine. I also run ZA on the server to protect it. Is this necessary?  It tends to
cause minor problems and blockages. If I remove ZA from the server, will it
be vulnerable or will the ZA on the client protect the whole network?  If
not, is there an easy way to disconnect the server from the internet, and
reconnect it only for the very rare times (1-2/yr)  that I would need to
restart ZA and get onto the net? Thanks for all you do. —Michael Halpert

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Hoist By Their Own Petard

Fred, When I checked my spam folder I found a marketing
message from BellSouth to its customers. I thought it was very ironic that
its own spam filters caught a company message and placed it in the spam
filter, probably never to be seen by many.

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