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.

Rebuild XP With A Click!

XP’s little-known "Rebuild" command lets you fix "Missing HAL.DLL," "Invalid
Boot.Ini," "Windows could not start…" and similar messages in literally just a
minute or two. It can potentially save you hours and hours of manual
reinstall/rebuilding of a failed OS!

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Getting Win98 “Up-To-Snuff”

Dear Mr. Langa,
Great newsletter! I have been a subscriber for some time and have found your
advice very valuable.

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More Ghostbusting

In "Who You Gonna Call?" ( ), we tried
troubleshooting some mysterious PC sounds. Here’s a similar issue:

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Defender Glitches?

Hi Fred,
Have been a Plus subscriber for several years and really enjoy all the great

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NOD32, and More

Hi Fred, I am wondering about your take on the NOD32 antivirus
program. I have heard many good things about it by word of mouth, but not much
in the literature – especially comparing to other av’s. —Arieh

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Full Circle On Huge-Storage PCs/ & Servers

Way back in January, in an item we called "Personal Servers" ( ) reader JoAnn
asked about using a special-purpose "network attached storage" device to add a
ton of disk space to her LAN. While an NAS device is fine, I suggested she think
instead about using an ordinary PC with several large hard drives inside, giving
her massive storage for around $500 or so— much less than a typical NAS costs.

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Hi Fred,
I occasionally read about people wrestling with the
difficulty of near-anonymous surfing in your
newsletter so I wanted to contribute a link to a new
free live CD that offers the best solution that I
know. Check out drkaos’ OpenBSD Anonym.OS at . Extremely
easy to use with Firefox already configured for Tor
and Privoxy (transparent to the user). Just load the
CD, answer a few questions then surf anonymously.
Best regards,
Tony Brezovski

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