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.

Blocking “Trackers”

I am fed up with all those trackers, which polluted url 
ex tracker.affistat, 6overture etc

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“Why Short Passwords Are A Bad Idea”

Hi Fred! Long time subscriber here… Ran
across this and knew you’d find it interesting!

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How Best To Partition/Use New Disk?

Hi Fred,
When I tried to boot my system one recent morning nothing happened.  I got a
flash of the start screen, not windows but the mother board manufacturer. I
knew the power supply had to be working and the fan was blowing.  I couldn’t
even get it to boot from the cd.  After a few attempts I was able to get into
the bios and change the boot order to make the cd first to boot.

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CD/DVD Quit Working

Hello Fred, I am an avid supporter of LangaList. Your straight forward, no punches pulled
to every problem solved is enjoyable and refreshing.
While I am not new to computer science, (I was involved with RCA drum memory,
RCA Spectra 70), once in awhile I get confounded by new approaches.

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Curse Of The Recovery CDs

Fred: I’m a relatively new subscriber, but I have found
LangaList Standard/Plus to be invaluable.

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Drive Cable Problems

Hi Fred,
I LOVE Langalist! Just thought I’d get that out of the way. The terabyte 
server is something I’ll tackle this year. A question I hope you’ll have time to
3 months ago I started to experience a bad boot. I’d get to BIOS, then
get the black screen with "Can’t find primary 0 HD" and "Can’t find
secondary 1 HD" or words to that effect. For several weeks, I’d open the
case (after rebooting several times with the same result) re seat the
ribbon cable to the motherboard and the drives, and it would boot. (Dell
4550, XP home, BTW) Finally, that stopped working, and it would only
boot intermittently.

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