Mr. Langa. I am a long time (2-3 years)
Standard subscriber and have just upgraded to the Plus edition. I love the
info in the newsletters and you have answered a lot of my questions before I
have had to ask. I have assembled my own computer and run Windows 2000Pro.
I have run into an "upgrade roadblock". My motherboard will not accept any
of the current CPUs available, and I find that the 1.7GHz Celeron is no
longer up to the tasks I set it. I would like to know what method I would
use to move to a new Motherboard and CPU? I am told that I could reassemble
the system and then run Windows’ repair utility to allow the OS to work with
the new hardware. I would also have to load the new drivers. I am happy with
my system save for the slow CPU and do not wish to start from scratch with a
new machine. I realize that the cost may be the same as a complete new
machine, but I enjoy working with the hardware and do not want to move all
my software. Keep up the great work! —Gerald Kearns
Hi Fred, love the newsletter. I’ve been a Plus
subscriber for a long time. I wanted to recommend one more compression program.
I’ve tried virtually every one of them at one time or another, and have always
come back to WinRar. It has a customizable interface (I’ve removed all buttons
except Add, Extract To, Delete and Extract), its much much faster than
7Zip, much more intuitive, the Extract button extracts the file to where the
compressed file is located (ie, here!), the Extract To button lets you pick
where to extract, Add & Delete are self explanatory. Also, unlike WinZip, (this
is from their website – You also receive the benefit of a life-time use of the
WinRAR archiver. No upgrade fee to pay. When a new release is made, simply
download and install, your license is valid for life.) Plus it offers the
capability that most don’t (although 7Zip does) of making split volume
compression files that you can later recombine to make one large file. I’ve
tried them all and in IMHO WinRar is far and away the best. $29 for lifetime
license. Hope you’ll take a looksee (especially since the trial is for free!)
Cheers… Steve Butler
love your Plus! newsletter. extremely informative. I purchase it every year.
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
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.
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.
I have been trying out program launchers for some time looking for something
that would be easy to use and configure.
Hi Fred, As I investigated optimizing my DSL
connection I visited the SpeedGuide analysis page:
http://www.speedguide.net/analyzer.php. 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
Just signed up for the Premium Langa List after freeloading for six years.
Figured it was way past time for your great news letter.
Fred, Enjoy your newsletter. I always look
forward to its arrival and read it completely!
Hi, I know this might be an issue that has
been posted just too many times but if it’s still of interest I have this
link to a site for us advanced amateurs and professional photographers
dealing with storing pictures for longer times than 5-10 years; and a CD/DVD
with a 100+ year guarantee.