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.

Help System Needs Help

The information you provided for "How To Safely Add Or Replace A Hard Drive"
with photo illustrations (;?articleID=181502411 ) is what I needed when I replaced my first
hard drive. The Disk
Management Tool is, indeed, a jewel – I use it for changing drive letters for my
DVD-ROMs so they can retain their identity when I use a Media Card reader or USB
drives. However I needed more hand-holding when I partitioned my hard drives  –
I used Partition Magic 8.

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Music File Sizes

Hi Fred, I’ve been a Plus subscriber for some time and
learn something new from each newsletter.

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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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