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.

“File Not Suitable?”

Hi Fred:
I enjoy your email and use a lot of your tips. I have a problem that I hope you
can help me with. When I upgraded to Window XP I tried to reinstall several
software applications for high school math and geometry from PRO ONE Softsource. When I put the cd
in the reader I get the error message
that talks about the system file not be suitable  and the application will not
install. I am left dead in the water. Anything I can do to install the
program. I couldn’t find anything on the Microsoft web site.
Thanks for your help.
Bill Smith

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“High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection”

HDCP is a hot-button issue for many; a form of Digital Rights Management. If
you’re unfamiliar with the term, this Wikipedia entry will get you up to speed:

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Perfect AntiSpam Storm

Dear Fred: Here’s a problem I haven’t seen
addressed in your news letter and I wonder if maybe it’s a phenomenon related to
my particular ISP or region of the planet. For about the past six weeks or so, I
have been experiencing strange e-mail glitches. My e-mail, particularly news
letters, have been held up or stopped entirely. Or, maybe one day I won’t get
any e-mail and then get it all at once the next day.

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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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