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Adios “Flow Control?”

Reader Gary asked:

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Defrag Solution #2,345,677…

Some topics just won’t die. 8-)
We’ve covered problems with Defrag hanging or never finishing many times before
( http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=defrag&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
) and have touched on just about all the tricks and fixes, including the most
common solution which is simply to close *all* other apps. But the topic comes
up again and again in emails from readers.

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Other Lesser-Known Cool Tools

Last issue’s "R.I.P.
SysEdit" ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-02-05.htm#2
) generated a ton of email: I’m sorting through it now, and will present the
collective reader feedback in an upcomiing issue.

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A Hacker Tool With A Good Use

A reader who probably prefers to
remain anonymous did some additional snooping after learning about the new
"we own your PC" policy at Juno (see item #1, above):

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Plus! Edition Housekeeping Notes

First: Some readers have had trouble
with the formatting of the HTML version of the Plus! newsletter. For example,
some— but not all— AOL6 subscribers have had trouble displaying the HTML.
This leads me to believe that local settings and configuration play a *huge*
role in determining how HTML emails is displayed because the HTML I send out is
very generic and simple.

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Juno to Users: TANSTAAFL

TANSTAAFL is the acronym for
"There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch;" it was first popularized
by author Robert A. Heinlein, many years ago. Of course, it refers to the fact
that things that appear free usually have a hidden cost, and we’ve discussed the
TANSTAAFL principle twice before in these pages. (See http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=TANSTAAFL&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
)

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Deleting Typing Errors in IE5 URLs

Paul Kunino Lynch ran into an
all-too-common problem:

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Now Available: Updated “CleanAll!”

There’s a new a new version
available of the extremely popular "CleanAll" batch file that can
scrub your hard drive clean of huge quantities of files left behind by other
cleanup tools. 

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R.I.P. SysEdit

By coincidence, two readers wrote in
almost simultaneously about the late, lamented SysEdit tool— a kind of
super-notepad that used a "multiple document inteface" to open five
important Windows files at once for easy, side-by-side scrutiny and editing.
With a click, SysEdit would let you access and edit your Autoexc.bat,
Config.Sys, Win.Ini, System.Ini, and Protocol.Ini files.

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BIOS Updates

The BIOS is the "Basic
Input/Output System" of a PC— it’s one of the very first parts of a PC to
"wake up" when you hit the power switch, and it handles a variety of
extremely low-level functions that must be running before any operating system
can load and run.

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