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.

His Floppy Flopped

Hi Fred, I appreciate the time and effort you put into the
newsletter. I have a  little problem with my floppy drive, it will only read
raw data and will not write at all. I usually click before I read and It
appears I clicked at the wrong time. Would appreciate help to get my floppy
drive back. Thanks. I look forward to every issue. —Bob Hurley

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Free NAS Software

NAS or "Network Attached Storage" (
http://tinyurl.com/lumpz ) is a technology for adding disk space to a
network for use by everyone on the LAN. It’s one way that the huge amount of
storage provided by our $500 terabyte PC (

http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=183702383 )
can be used:

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Hard Drive Installation Question

Dear Mr. Langa, I enjoy reading your Newsletter very much
and find it quite informative. I read your article about replacing a hard
drive ("How To Safely Add
Or Replace A Hard Drive"

http://www.informationweek.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=181502411 )
to see how it differed from what I had done many times in the past. I was
surprised that you took the original hard drive out and put it down on a
piece of cardboard not attached to the main frame. I always thought that the
screws holding the hard drive in the computer were essential for providing a
good ground for the hard drive. Is this not so? Many thanks for your
attention and consideration. Bob Ackerberg

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“Turbulence In The Ether”

Fred:
Your newsletter has allowed me to stay slightly more in-step with quickly
changing world of computers, software, & the internet.  Best dollar-a-month I
spend!

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Testing RAM

Fred,
I wanted to pay along my thanks for reminding me and your readers about the
Microsoft Memory Diagnostic tool (

http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp ). I had been fighting a blue screen of death
on every bootup for a long time. I had changed out just about everything in
the computer, even stripping it down to the bare essentials without fixing it.
I did find that if I let the computer run for about 5 minutes and then rebooting
would bring it back to life. To shorten the story, I downloaded the memory tool,
checked the memory and found the 2nd memory strip to be bad. A quick replacement
and I’m back to normal. I’ve worked with computers since the Radio Shack Model
Ones and I’m always learning new things, especially from your Plus edition.
Thank
you once again. —Mike

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Doing The Defrag Shuffle

Fred: I have a 20G hard drive that is badly fragmented. 
I’ve run Win 2000 defrag, 4 times since Friday.  Defrag tells me that I have
20-21% free space, but it is unable to show me much "free space",
graphically.  I used Windows backup to get all of my files on to an external
hd. I know that if I nuke my hard drive, I can restore all of my source
code, but that I’d still need to spend 1 or more days re-installing all of
my compilers and other tools. Any suggestions? —Mike Timpe

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Saving Win98 (or Other) Updates

Microsoft has stepped back from the brink before, but I’m guessing that
Win98′s support really will run out this Spring; or at most, this Summer if the
delay in Vista causes MS to grant Win98 one more reprieve. In any case, Win98′s
days are numbered.

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