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.

Update On Suradon

Remember Suradon Janno, from Thailand? Way back in 2001, he
became one of the very first kids assisted on an ongoing basis by LangaList Plus!

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XP In Your Pocket

Fred- Thanks for the
great newsletter. I haven’t seen much about this topic, so I thought I’d suggest
it to you, as I think it would be of interest to your readers.

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Reader Tip On Easier Interface

Hi Fred,
Happy New Year!  I have a tip for the new year for people running, at least,
Windows XP Home, to fairly easily navigate their hard disks.

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Wants “System Restore” Off Some Drives

This reader mentions a USB drive in his question, but the
answer applies to *any* drive, not just USB thumb or flash drives:

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“Personal Servers”

Fred, Can you comment on personal servers?  I
am thinking about a Buffalo Terabyte server (Mirra servers are too small) as
a way to have a mindless backup system and server for my consulting
business.  Some reviewers have complained that these systems are slow and if
you want to replace one harddrive you need to replace them all.  I have
looked at descriptions to build your own server but I want to be able to
plug-n-play and not deal with incompatible components.  Are these servers
really practical or given your recent discussion about a new windows OS,
should I wait for the next round of servers? Best regards, JoAnn

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CD Markers Worth It?

To maximize the lifetime of the data on a CD or DVD, I have read that a felt-tip
pen, especially made for writing on CDs/DVDs should be used. Is this correct or
does the pen make no difference?

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Obscure e-Shorthand

Could you please tell me what "<g>" means
in your newsletter? —Joe

Oops, sorry. It’s internet shorthand for "grin,"
one of many ways to
convey emotion by typographic convention. See:

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