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.

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.
Thanks,
William Hood

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“Tarpitting”

Fred: Love the LangaList… keep ‘er coming!

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Deep-Geek Tools For Even Non-Geeks

The major brain-fade I told you about earlier this week—
one that caused me to lose several files— is generating a lot of emails of the
"gentle ribbing" variety. <g> But hey— all this backing up and synching is
precisely because I’ve learned that *^&^%$ happens; and human error is
inevitable. It’s been literally many years since I lost data the last time,
and should be years before it happens again. But sooner or later, it happens to
us all.

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