LangaList Plus

Cool Tools

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.

Read More »

Cool Tool Trick

In Item #1 in this
issue, we discussed some Cool Tools. Relatedly, Plus! subscriber Ted Myers sends
along this handy trick for making… 

Read More »

WinME’s Mixed Bag

In several recent issues, I’ve
kvetched about Windows Millennium Edition— the last, largest, and
sometimes-slowest member of the Win9x family. But each time I’ve mentioned some
problem in WinME, I get emails like this:

Read More »

Two Security Alerts

If you use Microsoft’s Media Player
7, you should know about the "Media Player Skins File Download
Vulnerability."

Read More »

P2P’s Dark Side

Several issues ago ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-02-08.htm#1
), we discussed how Juno— the giant ISP with 14 million subscribers— is
mandating that its users join a stealthy P2P ("peer to peer") network:
Juno will quietly connect its subscribers’ computers as an ad-hoc distributed
computing network. Then, someone with a large computational problem can contract
with Juno, which will divvy up the large problem into smaller chunks and feed it
into its subscribers’ PCs which will execute this external code and send the
results of the computations back to Juno. The process then repeats.

Read More »

CD vs DVD For Backups

Reader Luis G. Uribe wondered about
future backup media when he read that "…I burn a CD that contains the
system  image PLUS the …Drive Image DOS floppies… the CD is a 100%
self-contained …includes the restoration app and the backup data all in one
place…. It ensures that my backup images always have the correct restore
program and version right with them so that if I need to restore a file even
years from now, I’ll automatically have the correct tool at hand."

Read More »

Reminder: The Safe Way To Delete ANY File

This is one of those perennial
topics: It comes up in various guises and at various times, but there’s a single
answer that serves for almost all the permutations. Here’s a current example:

Read More »

More Registry Info… And Beyond

Readers have really been digging for
answers to questions about the Windows Registry— and man, have they come up
some some great information!

Read More »

Window-Positioner, And More

Reader Adam Porter found a nice
little software vendor I’d never heard of, but wish I’d found sooner:

Read More »

Brief Hiatus

The next issue of the LangaList
Standard Edition will be on February 26th. With one exception, instead of
publishing the newsletter next week, I’ll be ripping apart and overhauling my
office LAN setup, changing the way I network my systems. Part of it’s a simple
changeover and system shuffle, but part is decidedly experimental, so I don’t
want to promise to deliver issues I may not be able to produce. 

Read More »