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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.

“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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Last Week To “Recommend And Win”

Next week, I’ll choose three more monthly winners who each
will get a FREE ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION to the LangaList Plus! edition. (If your
name is drawn and you’re already a Plus! subscriber, your current subscription
will be extended by a full year.)

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Speed Up Via Hibernation

Fred: One of the biggest gripes re windows is
the slow startup.

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XP On Your USB Thumb/Flash Drive

Chances are you already either have a USB "thumb"
or "flash" drive, or you will have one in
the near future— these little solid-state flash memory devices are
inexpensive, nearly ubiquitous, and very, very handy. Not only can they replace
floppy drives for casual file transfers, but the larger capacity thumb drives
also can serve as the basis for an excellent, fit-in-your-pocket software repair
kit, letting you diagnose and repair PCs, including those that might otherwise
be unbootable or that are locked by passwords or other problems.

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