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Flog the Blog!

OK, you know what "Load the Code" is all
about (see above). Now, if you have a blog of your own, you can participate in a
similar service: "Flog The Blog." <g>

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Patching Up Windows After Patch Breaks It

Fred, I got exactly the same thing in the
last few days just as Jim did ("Can Swap Files Cause Blue Screens Of Death?"

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-09-21.htm#3 ), and I figured out
what caused it— this week’s Microsoft Windows Security Updates!

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PR Budget = $0.00

Long-time readers know this newsletter is not part of some
publishing empire’s stable of publications. There’s no budget, staff or facility
to handle outreach and promotions: The newsletter depends on word of mouth to
grow. And that’s where you come in: Each issue, I try to offer you useful,
interesting and amusing factoids to help you with your hardware software, and
time online. Can you take just a minute to help me out in return?

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XP, NTFS, FAT, Drive Letter Juggling, And More!

Fred: This lady finally up graded to Windows
XP from Win 98 2nd E.

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Mo’ Betta Linuxes

Fred,
Noticed the discussion of Ubuntu in your newsletter (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-09-28.htm#3 ). Thought I would
share my experiences with Linux. I have been shopping for a Linux
implementation that could be used by a computer layman. Many are usable
right off the boot/install live cd. My favorites used to be Knoppix and
Kanotix. However; the big hangup is installation of additional software. As
you know lots is available but after downloading you need to be a linux
terminal whiz to just find where you downloaded the software, then use the
correct commands (which you must scour the internet to find) to extract,
compile and then run the installation script.  This is a nightmare for me,
and I started computers with HDOS and CPM working exclusively from the
command line.

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Still *More* Extra Content!

Yes, it’s yet another longer-than-usual expanded issue, as Mike
and I work to

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MFT Needs Its Space

Fred: I run Diskeeper 10 to defrag my hard
disks and upon completion get the following message: "Due to the high MFT usage,
it is recommended that you expand the MFT on this volume. Use the Frag Shield
option in the Diskeeper configuration properties to configure this volume to a
larger size." I’ve read a few items about changing the MFT and quite frankly it
scares me to make changes. Have you had any experience or reports about using
the Diskeeper option to modify the MFT? Thanks. —Bob

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More Re: Virtually Running Vista

Our recent piece on running Vista inside Microsoft
Virtual PC (VPC) ("Virtual PC Virtually Doesn’t Work With Vista"

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-10-05.htm#5 ) generated some
useful— and unexpected— information from readers about running Vista in
virtual environments.

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Covering Your LCD Assets

Fred: My long-serving CRT monitor
recently got tired, so I got a nice big LCD monitor on sale at Staples. It’s
great. But reading its literature, I got nervous about all the warnings about
the fragility of the LCD display and that impact damage is not covered by its
warranty. That made me search catalogs and on-line for protective screens— and
I was shocked at their cost, over $100, more than half of the cost of the
monitor itself ! But I found a great and reasonably-priced alternative: 1/8"
thick clear Lucite Acrylic Plastic. A local plastics store’s scrap bin contained
several pieces that were just a little bigger than what I needed (16 3/4" x 13
1/4"). Including cutting it to size, it set me back just $3.00 It was easy to
attach to the monitor with a few little pieces of Duct Tape, and it provides
complete protection for the screen. If there’s no Plastics Store locally (check
the Yellow Pages), try your local hardware store. Many sell the same thing, cut
to size, for storm doors etc. —Eric

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