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.

More On: A $500 PC with 1,000 GB Of Storage

Think of it as maybe a quarter-million MP3s. Or 1,400 completely filled CDRs. Or
900,000 jpg photos at 3-megapixel resolution. Or a couple hundred full-length
feature movies.

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Free Temperature Tools

Good Morning Fred:
I purchased my computer about a half year ago, the motherboard is listed as a
i945g-M7, which was standard for this Powerspec 9130 model. Problem is, it seems
to me that MBM does not support it, or I simply do not understand which
"similar" motherboard to select. Is there one that would provide the same
settings, or can you suggest a good alternative, preferably free, to MBM.
Best Regards,
Bruce

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Problems With Floppy Copy

Fred,
I’m fairly new to the Plus edition and have for several years been a
Standard and decided to "bite the bullet" and go Plus because I believe
in what you are doing, both, here with computer knowledge and what you
are doing overseas with adopting. Thank you.

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Public PC Worries

Hi Fred,
 When I travel  I use internet cafes to check e-mail, pay bills et cetera. As a
security measure I usually reboot into Kanotix to conduct my business. I
believe this to be the best way to be secure when using public access machines. Your thoughts?Is there anything else I could or should do?
Regards,
Stephen McVay

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Change Menu Formats At Will

Fred, 
A few months back, I changed my start menu in Windows XP to reflect the classic
windows start menu only in the fact that once I click on Start, All programs,
the menu is one long menu instead of expanded out to the right in two columns. 
Now, I want to change it back to the default but am unable to remember how I
changed it in the first place!  Can you point me in the right direction to
revert back to the default menu expansion?  Thank you. —DH

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StopBadWare

Hello Fred,
First I want to say that I love your newsletter and am very happy to be a Plus
Subscriber … worth every penny.  I just found this website mentioned on the
news: http://www.stopbadware.org .

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Feed Me! Feed Me Now!

No, it’s not Audrey, the carnivorous plant in Little Shop Of Horrors; it was
ravenous software consuming a reader’s CPU cycles and making his machine crawl.
We covered possible causes and cures in "What’s Eating His CPU Cycles" (
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-01-12.htm#3 ) and again in "More
CPU-Hungry Software"

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-01-16.htm#7 .

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