By Brian Livingston
When life throws you a curve ball, you should try to hit a home run — and that’s what Fred Langa is doing by re-committing himself to help his loyal readers.
Fred wrote for Windows Secrets off and on from November 2006 to May 2008, but the retirement he announced at the end of that period didn’t work out, so he’s back, starting today.
As you may know, after years of yeoman’s duty at Byte Magazine and CMP Publications, Fred wrote his own e-mail newsletter, the LangaList, twice a week for almost 10 years. His newsletter and ours merged in 2006, and he became the editor of Windows Secrets, continuing to write a column nearly every week.
Fred’s devotion to his readers is legendary. Even when he went on his dream summer hiatus in 2007, riding his motorcycle in a big loop around the U.S. and Canada, he spent time helping others. He chose four Windows Secrets readers around the continent to receive a full day of his personal help, free of charge. (His eight-part series documenting these Langa Housecalls is on our site.)
Fred, at left in motorcycle helmet, found that retirement wasn’t in the cards this year, however. As he’s written in several blog posts, around the time of his 35th wedding anniversary he was hit with an unexpected divorce. He attributed the split to the LangaList’s “insane workload” of “60–80 hours of work per week.” But, whatever the reason, retirement was no longer a financial option.