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.

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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Handy Wattage Estimator

Hi Fred, This is inspired by "Confused Salesman?" (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-02-16.htm#7)  In
taking that article a step further; I came across this site

http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/ while searching for information
on how much wattage a new video card would use in my old HP Pavilion that
would only allow up to 149 watts. This site calculated and showed the
wattage of each piece of hardware that was in my system. It allowed me to
determine what size video card upgrade I could get that my power unit could
handle. It uses a format easy enough to navigate through to get to the
results. I am not affiliated this site, but I thought your readers might
find it as useful as I did.  Thank you for a grand newsletter
especially the Plus edition. Gale Hausenbuiller

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Another Hidden Gem: The Windows Disk Management Tool

Before we get into the details, let me tell
you why we’re covering this now: Several weeks ago, I was challenged by a reader who
disbelieved me when I said in print that it was possible to put together a
terabyte (1,000 GB) file server for around $500. Well, you can— the example
system I put together is humming happily on the other side of my office with far
more storage than I currently know what to do with. A thousand gigabytes is a
*lot* of disk space! <g>

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