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.

Windows’ Free Disk Management Tool

I referred to Windows’ free Disk Management tool as a
"hidden gem" in the current (free) Information article at

http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=180207718 , and many of you agreed, as shown by letters like this:

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Dominoes Still Falling

A while ago, we discussed "domino effects," where a seemingly small initial
problem grows and spreads and seems to cause consequential problems in other
areas until you’re left with a real mess. <g> The original item is here:

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Mirror, Mirror On The Drive…

Fred as a Plus subscriber I appreciate the newsletter.

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Gmail As An Antispam Tool

Dear Fred,
The easy and effective answer to the anti-spam bushwah [see "Perfect AntiSpam
Storm"
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-02-27.htm#9 ] for people who aren’t
afraid to change their addresses, is to go with Gmail instead of the ISP’s
native webmail, using the ISP for a connection only.  Gmail uses Bayesean
filters that are extremely effective, easy to train, and spot on for accuracy in
my experience.  Because I write for several sites, I have addresses specific to
the sites that forward to my "real" email address.  At any given time there will
be one to three thousand spam messages in those accounts (deleted automatically
in 30 days).  Maybe a half-dozen a day make it to the main account. 

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Lower-Cost Motherboard Repair Options

The item "New Motherboard Needed?" (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-02-23.htm#9 ) generated some
excellent comments, and– as so often happens— also produced some information
that was brand-new to me:

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Ghost Busted

Hi Fred! I recently had to do a complete restore of my C:
drive using Ghost 10 and thought it went fine. Now I’ve run into a problem I
can’t figure out. I keep getting the following sporadic warnings:

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Spin, Spin, Spin…

Hi Fred:
This is inspired by ‘Handy Wattage Estimator’ (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-02-27.htm#7 ) I run a home built
system consisting of a SOYO K7 motherboard, a 4X video card, 2 DVD-RW drives,
and 3 HDs. ( 1 HD as primary master and 2 are RAID as JBOD) Everything worked
well until I added a third RAID HD. When I added the third drive my system began
to lock up during the bootup process, and would only start if I hit the reset
button at that time. It would then re-start the bootup process and open Windows.
I had no other problems until I shut down, and tried to re-start.

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