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Update: System Setup Secrets

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
capable.

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Shutdown Woes— Solved!

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. 

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AntiVirus Frustration

The last issue of this newsletter
discussed a new outbreak of a well-known virus. ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-25.htm#3
) Even though I disguised the virus’ name in the text, it still was enough to
set off email virus-scanners in droves. Hundreds— maybe thousands— of you
didn’t get your issues because your ISP or company (or even PC) has an AV
scanner that was smart enough to fuzzy-match the virus’ name against its
database, but not smart enough to realize that the mere mention of a virus’ name
does not mean that an email carries the virus. Duh!

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Last Days To Enter Drawing!

On January 31, I’ll choose another
monthly winner of a no-strings $30 Gift Certificate for any item at
Amazon.Com— books, software, hardware, kitchenware, toys… To have a shot at
winning, just use the following link to recommend the LangaList to a friend.
Your friend just may find a new source of useful information; I just may gain a
new subscriber; and you just may a $30 shopping spree! (Full details also
available via this link):

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The “PowerPoint File Parsing Vulnerability”

If you use PowerPoint 2000 you may
want to grab a new patch Microsoft just released that corrects a small potential
security hole. Microsoft says: 

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Puka-Puka Leads To Another Discovery

Reader Shawn Jefferds started
following the recent links ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-18.htm#9
) on solving the annoyance of having your floppy drive engage in seeming-random
seeks from time to time (and in the process, making a noise that goes something
like "puka-puka-puka…") but he found something else along the way:

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The “Freedom” Firewall

In the last issue, I wrote about a
"promising new free firewall" called "Freedom." ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-22.htm#7
) I ended the brief description by saying:

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Tweaks Times Three, With Two For Free

A recent item in the Plus! edition
on removing "ghost" entries in Control Panel’s "Add/Remove
Software" applet— entries for software you no longer have installed—
triggered a mini-flood of email, so much so that it’s worth opening the
discussion to the wider newsletter readership:

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