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.

Chicken/Egg USB Issue

Dear Fred….I have a computer running 98SE
that will only load in safe mode and has vertical lines on the screen.  I
think the system is shot and would like to copy my many files to CD’s on my
external USB Iomega CD-RW and transfer them to my other computer.  The
problem is that from safe mode I can’t access the CD-RW.  What is the
solution? Thanks, Neil H. Christia

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When Is A Script Error Not A Script Error?

Hi Fred, Concerning about script errors,
it’s possible to experience these error messages when using ad blocking
software. To see if this is what’s happening, it might be a good idea to
disable any such software, clear the browser cache, and then reload the web
site and see if this makes a difference.  I hope this helps as your
newsletter and past input by other readers has certainly come to my rescue
in the past. Plus Subscriber, Alan Friedman

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“Servers” Not Just For Large Installations

Fred: re: building a terabyte server (;?articleID=183702383
)—  It should be pointed out though that this is the perfect
opportunity for re-purposing an older PC (even a VERY old one), thus saving the
cost of the case, power supply, motherboard, cpu and even the operating system; 
the only real cost being the hard drives.

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Adjusting The Boot Menu Delay

I’m impressed! That tweak of yours to remove the restrictions in the Recovery
Console is a good one. (See "Incredibly Useful Tweak"
) I installed it, made the registry change, and it works just as it should….

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Excellent Flash-Drive Software

Hey Fred, Great news letter. The Plus edition is
worth every penny.

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Web Site “Script Errors”

Fred, A friend showed me last night a problem that he
doesn’t know how to correct (neither do I). His ISP is —  
(commonly called ATT but really Southern Bell. SBC bought out ATT, not the other way around.) Anyway, whenever he goes on line to sbc, he gets a
script error. Apparently sbc uses some form of Internet Explorer since the
script error concerns IE. (My friend prefers Netscape). How are script
errors corrected?

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