[this item not of major concern to
Last week I rebuilt my office LAN
almost from the ground up, and was trying a number of iterations of various
configurations to see what would work best for the mongrel mix of systems I have
Reader John Collins did some digging
after our discussion of "Cool Tools" ( http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/2001/05.htm
) and turned up this way to speed reinstalls of Windows. It’s also not a
novice-friendly tool, but if you find yourself setting up Windows the same way
over and over, it can be a major time saver:
We’ve talked about Cacheman many
times before ( http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=cacheman&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
): It’s a free tool that helps you experiment with various settings for Windows’
disk cache: The idea is to help prevent excessive swapping of data from RAM to
disk and back again, and thus improve performance.
[Note: This item does not concern
Plus! edition subscribers at all.]
In "Time To Upgrade Your Search
Engine" ( http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/2001/01.htm
) we discussed many of today’s best search engines— and also offered tips on
You folks— the Plus!
subscribers— are gems. Instead of ad clicks, you’re chipping in a direct
payment to defray my costs in bringing you these Plus! editions. I can’t thank
you enough for your direct support: It means a lot to me.
Wow— you really put the server
through its paces: At three separate periods, so many of you were downloading
your own private copy of the LangaList archives that you completely maxed out
the available bandwidth of the Freetune server!
Around the time you get this, a new
web site at a new host (and on a new server) should be going live: It’s
"LangaList.Com," and as soon as it’s up and stable, it will become the
permanent home for the Plus! editions of the newsletter.
It all started a few issues back
with "R.I.P. SysEdit" ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-02-08.htm#8
), a discussion of SysEdit— a kind of super-notepad that uses a "multiple
document interface" to open five important Windows 9x system files at once
for easy, side-by-side scrutiny and editing. With a click, SysEdit lets you
access and edit your Autoexc.bat, Config.Sys, Win.Ini, System.Ini, and
Protocol.Ini files. It’s a favorite of Windows power users everywhere.