To many Windows users, the Registry is
Terra Incognita, populated with DAT files and Hkeys and patches (oh my!).
Indeed, the Registry is not generally well-explained.
But I was poking around in the
Knowledgebase a few days ago, I came across a decent little primer on the
Registry— defining terms, file names, locations, and such. It’s at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/win98/reg.asp
, and is a good way to begin to understand the Registry, or to refresh your
memory quickly if you’re a little rusty. I don’t know when Microsoft posted this
primer, but it still seems mostly current.
Reader Mont Roberts wonders
about creating the equivalent of OEM one-step "Restore CDs" on your
own, with your own choice of files, setup, etc.:
The DNS changes for are wending
their way through the Internet name server hierarchy even as you read this, and
before long, "LangaList.Com" will be open for business alongside
No, that’s not a typo: In a recent
issue, I told you about a new patch for the "PowerPoint File Parsing
Vulnerability," a potential security issue with PowerPoint 2000. (See
I didn’t think it would be
controversial. As stated in the previous issue ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-25.htm#4
I’m a belt-and-suspenders kind of
guy when it comes to connectivity: My business depends on it. So, I use a cable
modem as my primary means of communicating, but also have a dual-channel ISDN
line as a backup, plus a collection of regular 56K dial-up modems. Heck, if I
had to, I’d start using tin cans and string.
Almost exactly four years ago,
the US Government went high-profile with an ambitious plan for something
called the "Next Generation Internet." And I do mean
"high-profile:" Then-president Clinton made it part of his State of
the Union address.
The "P" in PC stands for
"personal." But most new PCs ship in a generic state designed to suit
the lowest common denominator among buyers. New PCs are almost never tuned
optimally for performance, and in fact, often arrive with very safe,
conservative settings that are designed more to minimize returns and tech
support calls than to deliver all the performance of which the new machine is
Win9x (and that includes WinME,
which is really just a gussied-up version of Win98SE) all too often has problems
shutting down cleanly. There are many reason why, including the fact that the
hardware power-control standards have changed radically over the last few years:
Hardware shutdown procedures that work fine with one set of power-control APIs
may not work well with the other.