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.

New Motherboard Needed?

One question I have is, can you do a piece on motherboard repairs. I have a
board I would like to have repaired, but have not been able to locate a
reputable repair place or person. There is this story going around about
"Capacitor failures plague motherboard vendors", the whole story can be read at

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New To “Always-On” Connection

Hi Fred:
I’m a 2 year Plus subscriber and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten
help, hints and tips from your newsletter. I’ve used most of your security
recommendations for my Windows XP Home machine such as: ZoneAlarm, AVG
Antivirus, Spybot, all the latest updates etc. but don’t have a hardware

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Free “Windows Defender”

Microsoft Antispyware is slowly evolving. At long last,
beta 1 is finally ending for real, and some users already are being phased over
to beta 2 via the autoupdate process. But you don’t have to wait; you can grab
the newer version right now.

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IE7 Beta Report (And An XP Tip)

Hi Fred, It’s hard to believe I’m in my 7th
year as a "Langalist Plus" subscriber.  "Cool beans!" as my friends are
often fond of saying.

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UPS Power Consumption

Fred, Well: I was surprised. ;-)
Admittedly this UPS is larger than usual for a home PC – when I bought it I
regularly had 3 PCs running, and the UPS can look after all three.

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What Kind Of Video Card?

Hi Fred, I’m one of those people that isn’t interested in gaming,
but I do enjoy video editing.  I use a P4 3.2 CPU with 2.5 Gb of RAM on a
Windows XP Pro system.  I’d like to buy a new video card and am wondering how to
choose one for video editing when all the reviews seem to only discuss gaming. 
Thanks for any pointers you can offer. —Tom

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“Locking” A Drive?

Dear Fred, Thanks for a most helpful newsletter. I’ve learned much from you. Recently
while trying to back up my hard drive with nero 7 ultimate suite I got an error
message saying that it could not lock C: and if I chose to continue it might
not back up all data. What’s this locking C: and how can I get the drive locked
for a complete back up. I’m running win xp pro service pack II.
William Hood

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