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My post was unclear: I read horror stories about other fanless enclosures, NOT the SATAVault. Mine has performed flawlessly.

I use and recommend the SATAVault external enclosure, which has both eSATA (SATA II; some enclosures are only SATA I) and USB 2.0 outputs. It's cool, fast, and reliable and has a removable tray for hot-swapping drives. Unlike many enclosures it has no fan. I read numerous horror stories about drives burning up, but I've used a Seagate NL35 drive in one with no problems and without the drive's becoming hot. The vented aluminum case conducts heat much better than many other cases. See http://www.satagear...._inch_Enclosure.html.

N.A.N.Y. Challenge 2007 / Re: PesterMe - v1.00.0 - December 30, 2006
« on: January 09, 2007, 07:45 PM »
With the right settings Sublime or Subliminal Messages could be used for the same purpose (without sound).

N.A.N.Y. Challenge 2007 / Re: Backup Revision Folder
« on: January 09, 2007, 07:32 PM »
If this doesn't meet your needs try Vcom's AutoSave2; it's saved my life several times. Just the other day my Quicken data wouldn't load, and I easily restored the most recent version using AutoSave.

N.A.N.Y. Challenge 2007 / Re: Sublime v1 december 23, 2006
« on: January 09, 2007, 07:28 PM »
Here's another program to try:

otherwise a google search will be confucted

Confucted? Does that have something to do with group sex?

The Getting Organized Experiment of 2006 / tasktoy implements GTD
« on: December 11, 2006, 09:10 PM »
I've looked at more online task list programs than I care to count, and have found tasktoy to be most useful.

General Software Discussion / Re: TOP 11 Tools for Sending BIG Files
« on: December 10, 2006, 08:09 AM »
MegaShares has some dubious ads including "Napster of Porn." Also, free users get slower downloads than paid users.

Yet another reason to use Opera.

Actually, since I don't use the messages subliminally (they're on-screen for about 5 seconds) it's easy to tell if they're working. When the screen says "Am I doing what I should be doing" there are three possibilities: Yes, which is great; No, but the reminder gets me back on track; and No, and I go on wasting time.

A few thoughts:

Achieving one's life goals is more important than completing a bunch of tasks, but sometimes it's simply impossible to work towards these goals without getting other things out of the way. In my case, clutter is the pervasive obstacle, and I realized I could not simultaneously attack it and work on the major goals. Therefore I am deliberately postponing other objectives and devoting much of my energy to simplifying my life and getting rid of things as a means toward an end . While I am a great procrastinator, in this case I don't view it as procrastination but as the only way I'll ever be able to tackle the important things. Obviously I can't let this phase go on forever.

I've never really liked or understood the way My Life Organized orders one's to-do list, as goals are always placed above urgent tasks. In the FTF context, however, this makes sense, as your goals are always staring you in the face. It may make sense to limit goals in MLO to truly major goals, and define what one might normally consider goals (finish report this week, etc.) as tasks.

This last item is probably more relevant to previous weeks than to this one, but one tool I've been using is a bit of defunct freeware called Subliminal Messages 3.0. Subliminal messages are basically malarkey, but one can use the program to place conscious, supraliminal (don't know if that's a word, but liminal beans barely perceptible) reminders at regular intervals. In my case I've pared the messages to two: "Am I doing what I should be doing?" and "You can't organize clutter; you can only get rid of it."

SM is no longer distributed but can be downloaded here (hosted by DC):

I hope someone finds this useful.

On October 10, 2006 at 10:00am PDT, David Allen and Mindjet will conduct a web seminar called Best Kept Secrets for Personal and Team Productivity. Sign up at

I think I'll join, maybe tomorrow or the next day....

I tried a bunch of online bookmark managers (and disliked most). I found Bookmax to be more attractive and useful than the others.

General Software Discussion / Scanning in Evernote
« on: July 06, 2006, 07:09 PM »
Thanks for the research. Evernote's scanning ability is extremely limited. I doubt that multipage documents are supported; items imported from the Import folder are automatically deleted; and so on. Any program I'd be interested in would fully support scanning, viewing, and filing documents of all types.

I do appreciate the help, however.

General Software Discussion / Evernote and scanning
« on: July 06, 2006, 10:48 AM »
The for-pay version of Evernote has OCR built in.  They say it's for handwriting recognition, and support various pen input devices; no immediately obvious mention of scanners.

I didn't read the whole manual, but searching on scanner, TWAIN, and OCR gave no results, and use of scanner as an input option isn't listed. I don't actually care much about OCR, but do care about scanning articles, etc.

General Software Discussion / Net Snippets
« on: July 05, 2006, 07:30 PM »
Thanks for the suggestion, Carol, but I don't think Net Snippets is for me.

General Software Discussion / Scanner support
« on: July 05, 2006, 05:32 PM »
One thing I haven't seen mentioned (apologies if I missed it) is scanner support/document imaging. Why should there be any conceptual difference between items I capture from the web and those I scan from printed matter? Right now I use the defunct FileABC for document imaging, Info Select for freeform data, Opera's bookmarks and IS for remembering websites. Ideally I'd like an integrated method of remembering all information.

Do any of the big three support scanning? IS has supported it since v6), but its implementation is terrible (no multipage documents, scale-to-gray, etc.), so poor that I returned v8 for a refund.

I won't buy it; however, I was surprised to find that it seemed genuinely innovative, unlike Vista, which seems to offer me nothing outside of its improved security (which is not trivial).

General Software Discussion / Info Select
« on: July 04, 2006, 01:47 PM »
I know that IS was dismissed as a candidate early on, partly because of cost. I'll just mention that older versions of IS are and will continue to be available at lower cost (IS5 costs $99.95). I use IS5, which is pretty old, and nothing I've seen has gotten me to switch (I have a lot of info in IS).

Regarding adding and searching notes, nothing could be simpler than typing N for New note or G for Get (that is, search). These are disabled by default but are a legacy from the earliest versions. You can also create tabs to group notes together by category and have multiple File-Topics open simultaneously.

Yes, that will work fine. I use the SATAVault with a PCMCIA eSATA card in my notebook, which has an internal PATA drive.

"I like the Satavault, because I can use whatever hard drive I want"--Just making sure you understand that you can use whatever SATA drive you want.

As Carol suggests, the bay is removable so that you can hot-swap different drives; additional trays are available from the vendor for $29, I think. Assembly is extremely easy.

The SATAVault takes SATA drives only and has a built-in converter to USB. I don't know if there'd be much reason to have an eSATA output, with its high speeds, for PATA drives. USB would be sufficient.

I looked for a similar design with ATA interface. The SATAVault is made by Stardom Storage Solutions and they call it the iTank Series-i302. Stardom's website is useless but I did find elsewhere the SOHOTANK U6, which can take ATA or be upgraded to SATA:

There are PATA to SATA converters, but because of the limited space inside the SATAVault I don't think they'd work with it. Incidentally, the SATAVault is also available with USB-only or SATA-only outputs.

I highly recommend the SATAVault external enclosure, which has both eSATA (SATA II; some enclosures are only SATA I) and USB 2.0 outputs. It's cool, fast, and reliable and has a removable tray for hot-swapping drives.

Living Room / Re: Anyone actually use rewriteable media?
« on: May 03, 2006, 07:50 PM »
I use DVD+RW and reuse repeatedly without problems. I hate sending CD's or DVD's to the landfill.

Just don't be lulled into a false sense of security. Every hard disk failure I've had (not a scientific sample) has been sudden, catastrophic, and without warning.

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