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.

A Year’s Worth Of Updates on Reyna

Remember Reyna, a teen girl who lives in Guatemala? Some time ago, she
became one of the dozen kids supported on an ongoing basis— each and every month— through the
LangaList Plus subscription fund.

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Update Takes Over

I have two computers connected to one
monitor, mouse and keyboard with a KVM switch. At night I typically fall
asleep to music playing in WinAMP and my times the player is on one computer
and the music is on the other. Last night I awoke at 3:00 in the morning
with the computer playing the music continually repeating a half second part
of the song that disappeared when the computer with XP on it rebooted all by

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More Reader Suggestions Re: Launchers & Toolbars

Program launchers and toolbars ( and  ) must be a hotter
topic than I realized— we’re still getting good mail on the subject:

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Your Opinions Wanted

Have you tried IE7 Yet? (See  and  )

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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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