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.

Update On Eder

Remember Eder, from Guatemala? He’s one of the group of 13
kids sponsored on an ongoing basis by LangaList Plus! subscribers:

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“LDM Is Not Registered”

Fred,
Your article "Another Hidden Gem: The Windows Disk Management Tool " (

http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=180207718
) was very
interesting and prompted met to attempt to play around with the Disk Manager.

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Safely Adding Or Replacing A Hard Drive

Hard drives fill up, and eventually die: It’s a fact of PC
life. And while it’s easy to add a new, empty drive to a PC as an adjunct to an
existing, in-use drive, that’s sometimes not really what you want: What’s better
is to add a new, fast, capacious drive, and move your data, intact, to it. This
way, you can pick up more or less where you left off, and you don’t have to
rebuild or reinstall the operating system (unless you want to). If you keep the
old, high-mileage drive in the system at all, it’s just as extra space— not as
the main drive.

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Resource Leaks, Redux

Hi Fred,  Big fan of plus newsletter.  Use it and recommend it.  A quick question: 
Currently run a very stable WIN98SE system that has 1 problem-over a period of
time, system resources seem to slowly leak out and disappear.  I use resource
meter to monitor current status but it doesn’t show what applications are using
the resources.  My question: do you know of a program that shows what programs
are actually using what resources?  Thanks. —Mark Shapiro

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RAM Drive Question

Hi Fred,
I have been using a ramdisk for IE6 since reading "Speed
And Security Via A RAM Drive" (

http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=57704017
) on its
advantages and in fact, noticed a significant performance improvement. A few
days ago I was having a problem that was driving me nuts so I decided to go back
to a previous "Restore Point". What a shock I got when I looked for a
point-in-time to use and discovering that there was none! Things like this is
how I always get sidetracked from the task at hand. After many hours of digging
around, I noticed an event in the System Event Log that I had seen before but
thought nothing of it:

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“Buffer Zone”

Fred; Check out Buffer Zone at
http://www.trustware.com. Freeware for home
users – virtual security for your PC. Seems pretty interesting. Pretty red
line round the screen when in the Zone. — Charley Lanham

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New Partitions On A Fully-Allocated Drive

Hi, fellow New Englander. I am and have been a Plus reader
for ages. I just bought a Dell Inspiron with an 80 GB hard drive running
WinXP Professional. I want to partition it, and followed the instructions in
your 2/27/06 article in InformationWeek. But, when I open to Disk
Management, I cannot find "an unallocated region of the basic disk" to right
click for a new partition. The disk O has a 63MB section, a C drive with
72.36GB NTFS section and ends with a 3.10GB Fat32 section.

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