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DMA on Win2K & NT

The Microsoft Knowledgebase is truly
huge— so huge, it can be hard to dig out information. Part of the problem is
in the keywording system: If you happen to frame your query in exactly the way
some KnowledgeBase worker imagined you would, using the same keywords in your
search as the Microsoftie originally input, then you find a trove of great
information.

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More Reformat Time- and Step-Savers

In "Avoid The
Reformat/Reinstall Two-Step" ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-11.htm#2
) we discussed an "in-place reinstall" where you just layer a new copy
of the OS over the copy that’s gone bad. With some kinds of problems— missing
or overwritten system, files, for example— this kind of reinstall may
completely cure what’s wrong, and can do so without losing your data, your
installed apps, or any customizations or alterations you’ve made.

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Miss Your OS CDs? Me, Too!

Canadian reader Derrick Kearney
expressed an increasingly-common frustration recently:

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Host Files: You Be The Judge

Last issue’s item on the
potential evils of using the "Hosts" file to block ads ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-11.htm#7
) brought some interesting replies. 

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Surface Vs Deep Web 

We recently discussed search
engines ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-04.htm#2
, http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-08.htm#1 , http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/2001/01.htm
), and that prompted reader Rod Padrick to write about an amazing  site he
found:

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PuterGeek Strikes Again

Peter Crockett, the webmaster at
PuterGeek, is at it again, and has produced another lively, useful resource page
aimed at helping novice and intermediate users get up to speed on some of the
arcana of computing. He writes:

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Faster Drives, For Free!

There’s a good chance you can speed up your hard drives and your CDs, CDRs and
DVDs— for free— via Windows’ almost-hidden DMA setting. Doing so can make
your drives as much as 15% faster, and reduce the load on your CPU by as much as
40%.

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LangaList Plus! Edition Now Available

Some LangaList readers are seeing
a longer, expanded version of this newsletter (ie one with more items), and
they’re seeing it in their choice of text or HTML email. Others are seeing a
"digest" format that carries just the headlines and a very brief,
easy-to-skim description of each item in the newsletter, along with a link that
allows them to jump to the full text of any item that interests them. And none
of them are seeing any ads at all.

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