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Upgrading From Bootleg Software

Fred, I resubscribed to the Plus! edition— that’s an indicator of how
much I enjoy the newsletter.

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Those Weird Confirmation Numbers…

Hi Fred.
What are those numbers and letters that some sites want you to enter for
security reasons (I notice eBay has started to use the same on some entry points
to their forms).

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XP’s No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option

It’s one of those software design decisions that makes you scratch your head
and wonder, "What were they thinking?"

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Annual Update on Macy-Jean

Remember Macy-Jean Calinawan, from the Philippines? We first met
her here (
http://langa.com/newsletters/2002/meet_macy_jean.htm ), and a while
later saw how much she’s been growing. (

http://www.freetune.com/images/macy_jean200210a.jpg  ). We also got a
handprint painting from her here:

http://langa.com/newsletters/2003/2003-05-19.htm#3

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Windows Vista Preflight Checks

Following our discussion of the free Vista beta (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-06-15.htm#2 ):

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Another Concern Re: Win98

Fred: Thanks for a newsletter that is the only thing of
its type that I always find time to read and never, ever delete! But a
couple of things you’ve said lately have given me food for thought, and I
think I need some sensible advice…

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More Dividing, More Conquering

In "Divide And Conquer" (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-06-15.htm#5
) we discussed several partitioning strategies that can make huge disks more
manageable. Here’s a follow-on question:

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