Have you ever run into a "Missing HAL.DLL," "Invalid Boot.Ini,"
or "Windows could not start…" message?
Hello Fred, Thanks for your great newsletter.
The info you provide has more than paid for the minimal cost of a Plus!
Remember Faisal, from Indonesia? He was the
seventh of the 13 kids sponsored on an ongoing basis
by LangaList Plus! subscribers.
Faisal Eko Budiayanto was born
to a desperately poor family in Central Java province. He lives with
his parents only in a very simple house, earthen floor without
private bathroom and electricity in it. His father only earns a
living by farm laborer with small income that in insufficient to
meet their family’s basic needs, and there is no way for the mother
to help with the finances. The Family’s annual income is US$ 154. It
is painfully obvious that the child needs help to get proper
nourishment clothing and better attention. We are happy to welcome
him to our big family. Faisal Eko Budiayanto is a cute little boy. His health is average and he makes progress day by day. Your kind
sponsorship will mean much for his happy growth.
I want to say again how much I enjoy your newsletter. If I have a chance at
keeping my head above the ever-deepening waters of computer complexity, it’s in
large part because of you!
Hello Fred, Thanks for all your articles,
especially the one I read when I first became a home computer user.
In "Public PC Worries" (
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-03-30.htm#4 ), we discussed some
of the problems and solutions to using vulnerable hotspot connections and/or
public PCs such as those at internet cafes, coffeeshops, and the like. Here’s
Hi Fred, Here’s an issue that has caused me much puzzlement over the years. Do you
know of a way to monitor Automatic Updates while it’s doing its business? I’ve
been unable to find anything via Google or the ms knowledge base. I’m running
Windows 2000 SP4 with Automatic Updates set to "Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them." Since I’m on a dial-up connection that
can, at times, be unreliable, I like having the option to review and select the
updates for downloading at optimum times (i.e., when the connection is good and
I plan to be online a while). But once I give it permission, Automatic Updates
goes into "stealth" mode, and the systray icon disappears. Other
than a bit of subtle hard drive noise suggesting that a download MIGHT be in
progress, I have no idea what’s going on, and whether it’s safe to
disconnect, etc. No information at all is presented until the "New
updates are ready to install on your computer" box pops up, but this
sometimes takes days! Odd behavior for a service dealing in critical
security updates, don’t you think? Even a basic status bar would be
helpful. Any suggestions for snooping on this process, perhaps a
As a fellow New Englander and long-time reader (and less long-time Plus
subscriber), I really appreciate the fact that you write for all levels of
Dear Fred, I have friends all over the world who want to send me DVDs. My LG GSA4120B drive
allows only 5 region changes. Is there a safe and effective way to overcome this
I really enjoy the newsletter. Regards,
Hi Fred: Thought this might be useful.