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4451  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Someone MUST make a new PowerMarks program. on: September 10, 2008, 04:17:06 PM
patteo, I'm going to try this later.  If this works, you are such the man!!  You will get whatever $10 credits is left in my dc credits here!
4452  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: September 10, 2008, 04:14:10 PM
This may be so obvious that I'm almost afraid to post it.

Print and file paper hardcopy of any email you absolutely can't afford to lose.

No. It's excellent advice - a lesson that I learned the hardway...
Unless it's something that I can automate, I ain't doing it.  I'm against all this paper stuff.  But if it could be automated to where it prints all my important emails once a week, I'd be ok with that.
4453  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: September 09, 2008, 03:38:32 PM
Poppy sounds cool, didn't know about it.  Nice!
4454  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Time to reinstall Windows? Or get a new desktop? on: September 09, 2008, 03:36:08 PM
I like that case, it's nice and simple.  I need to think about how many 5-1/4 slots I need.  I think 3 should be enough right?  Nobody uses the 3-1/2 disks anymore, so this will be my first computer without it.

Where's the cheapest (but reliable) place to buy chips and motherboards?  Usually, I just go to Fry's.
4455  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Time to reinstall Windows? Or get a new desktop? on: September 09, 2008, 01:14:57 PM
Well, it's that time for me again.  I built my current desktop back in December 2001.  It's my workhorse, it's lasted fine all this time, but maybe it's time for a new one.  I know I need to either reinstall XP or get a new desktop PC.  The reason for this is that I upgraded my AV software and it's not working due to some conflicts and I can't figure it out because I have sooooo much software installed.  I want to start fresh.

I haven't kept up with hardware, I rarely do.  What is the latest cpu specs?  Usually with the CPU, I don't get the very latest because it's price is so much, but I'll get the highest priced mid-level chip.  Basically, I look at the prices and get the one right before the big jump in price for the latest-greatest chip.  That usually ensures me a good 5 years or more of solid performance.  I'll probably get a 1TB Seagate drive.  Video cards I know nothing about...I'll just get something decent.  I don't do anything graphic intensive.  Do you guys normally use the built in motherboard sound cards now?  I have my pro sound card for my musician stuff, but for regular audio, should I just use the motherboard audio?

How about cases and fans?  Can anyone point me to a good tutorial about how to place fans on cases and what cases are good?  I never do this part right, I just stick fans around.  There's gotta be a method to it.
4456  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: September 09, 2008, 01:01:57 PM
Whoa mama!  I just saw this thread.  You are crazy Paul!  I'm going to have to set aside some time in my schedule to read this thing.

Seriously, though.  I like your ambition.  But a lot of this stuff is around the forums here somewhere.  It's easier to deal with this (at least in forums) if you break it down as much as possible and address one issue at a time.  But there's always a time and place for large general threads also, so whatever.  I'm one to talk, I've started two enormous threads here myself!

4457  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outlook 2007 isn't so bad on: September 09, 2008, 12:55:17 PM
I hate it, absolutely hate it, when you install a program and it installs one or more extra programs.  I think the proper way to do that is a dialog box that says you need to install such program first.  Because when you go to remove the program later, you weren't sure what got installed with what.  The worst offender of this is a program called Band in a Box.  It installs probably 15 separate installers when you install the main program.  When the time comes to uninstall, you have no idea which of these were part of the original installation, they all have different names and for all practical purposes, are standalone applications.
4458  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: September 09, 2008, 12:47:18 PM
superboyac : I edited the post where I explained how I manage my emails... Your post reminded me of 3 categories/folders I almost  never use.  embarassed
The fact is : I don't have much to delegate, not much to refer to (I use x1)... I do use the "waiting for..." one quite a bit though.
For important emails that I need to respond to but need to defer I'll often just create a special task/todo. I like to have all important stuff in ONE and only ONE place... OK, maybe 2 : Task-todo list (containing next actions, really), and calendar.
Yes, it seems like you and I think alike about a lot of things!  But I thought you were a big fan of Archivarius?  How come you are using X1?  I haven't used X1 in over a year, but I totally preferred Archivarius over it.  Let me know, because I totally forgot that I can use an indexer, so I'm probably going to set one up soon to use with Outlook.
4459  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outlook 2007 isn't so bad on: September 08, 2008, 06:08:28 PM
scott, I agree with you on several points, but not in your preference.  While most of the things you say are true, I still prefer Outlook because it's simply nicer to deal with from GUI standpoint.  Having features and being able to do things is one thing, but there's something to be said for having a nice interface to do it in.  I remember writing a couple of rules for Groupwise that were a PITA simply because of the way I had to do it.  The way everything is laid out in Outlook is much nicer to deal with than Groupwise.

It's funny, I'm normally a function over form kind of person (see all my rants about other software here at DC) but I just hate Groupwise.  I never liked Outlook either until I had to use Groupwise.  Everything about it was so ridiculously minimalist.  I guess I don't mind minimalism for little programs--actually, I prefer it, you don't want a big bloated program just to rename files, or burn a cd, etc.--but your email and PIM is something you use 24/7, so the interface and layout is more important.

So, I can really do without the lack of a good message status feature, or a weirdly implemented addressbook (yes, this puzzled me also...very strange).  As far as archives and searching, I don't use them on a constant basis so I can deal with that fine.  Seriously, I'm so freakin happy to have Outlook.  I never want to see Groupwise ever again, it's a piece of crap.

If only I could use the Bat! at work...however, it doesn't have the calendar features and stuff.  Oh well, I'm very happy with Outlook.
4460  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: September 08, 2008, 05:47:42 PM
OK, I use the Bat at home which has much cooler rules, filters, and coloring features, but now at work I am using Outlook 2007.  So here is my method, based on the GTD philosophy.

GTD is all about being fast, efficient and productive.  With email, especially at work where I get a lot of email, it is not really productive to be moving things around in a lot of folders and categories, etc.  For myself, even for different projects, I'm not going to bother making several different folders for the different projects.  I really don't need to have all the specific project emails have their own folder, because organizing that is a pain in the ass and there's no good rule system to do it automatically, because often there is no particular data in an email/task that distinguishes it from one project or another.  So I'm not going be moving things around manually...no way.

So, everything comes into my Inbox and that's where all the action takes place.  I've set of some GTD search folders.  I use search folders because they are not actual folders, just filtered views.  This way, all the mail stays in the Inbox but I can use the search folders to look at only what I want (like Virtual Folders in the Bat).  The GTD search folders are:
--Do
--Respond
--Delegate
--Defer
--Archive
--Done Items

As soon as I get emails, I will look at it and immediately categorize it (using keyboard shortcuts of course).  Once they are categorized, they will automatically be detected by the search folders above.  So, the only items that will require effort on my part are those in the Do, Respond, and Delegate folders.  I go into those folders to see this list of mails.  As I finish each email, I check it off as "Done" and it automatically gets removed from those folders and into the Done Items folder.  That's pretty much it.  It's quick, efficient, and sophisticated.

As an additional level of prettiness, I take advantage of Automatic Formatting in Outlook 2007 (the one in the Bat is WAY better).  With this, if I look in my Inbox with the all the emails in all categories all mixed together, then this automatic formatting gives me a nice visual way to see things.  So, the items in the specific GTD categories are colored according to their category color.  I also have appointments/tasks/meetings italicized to distinguish them from emails.

So, that's basically it.  It's nice I think.  I like being efficient.


(what happened to that one post about Groupwise??  I was looking for it)
4461  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: September 05, 2008, 11:29:33 AM
For the life of me, I don't understand why anyone would want to keep deleting email vs archiving.

But there are a lot of great ideas here.  dspelley, I like that Outlook plugin, I'll have to check it out.

I'm also going to search for some GTD methods that have to do with email management.
4462  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: September 04, 2008, 07:30:37 PM
Please, people, I don't mean to be rude, but this isn't about spam.

Ehtyar, I use The Bat!, and I think one of the great strengths of The Bat is it's ability to handle multiple email accounts relatively painlessly.  Check it out.
4463  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: September 04, 2008, 07:00:09 PM
No, no, Darwin, you don't get off that easy!  No, this is not about spam; this is about the real stuff.  So, what are your rules?  What's the philosophy behind it?
4464  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / How do you manage your email? on: September 04, 2008, 06:34:36 PM
What a great question, right?  I am very curious how all of you experienced users manage your boat loads of email.  I want to hear the whole philosophy: rules, filters, tags, categories, flags, whatever you use to sort through the volume.

As much of a computer nut as I am, you'd think I have a solid organizing philosophy for email.  I really don't.  I have a bunch of rules setup, but now that I think about it, it's kind of chaotic and not very efficient.  So I'm wondering how you guys do it.

What happens to incoming mail?  Do you archive, do you delete when you're done?

Personally, I haven't deleted anything (that wasn't spam) since 1996.  Email is personal history, I keep it all.  But I should organize it better and it should be more automated.

Also, if you know of any good url's to articles already written about this, please share!
4465  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Outlook 2007 isn't so bad (EDIT, yes it is) on: September 04, 2008, 10:19:36 AM
After dealing with Novell Groupwise for the past 3 years, this week my work finally switched to Outlook 2007.  And I couldn't be happier.  Using Groupwise was a truly miserable experience, and that program is an absolute embarrassment.  Let me repeat...absolute embarrassment.  No company on the level of Novell should be putting out a product that miserable.  It seriously feels like something out of Windows 3.1.  And I've never been a fan of Outlook, having been a long time Pegasus Mail user and currently a The Bat! user, but Outlook 2007 is infinitely better than Groupwise.

In fact, chalk it up to ignorance, but Outlook 2007 is quite nice!  It's very powerful, pretty customizeable, I think the GUI is nice.  I really don't have a problem with it.  If our company is willing to pay for it and the Exchange servers, then I'm happy...very happy with it.
4466  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Great Software List.. For Linux on: September 02, 2008, 08:47:15 PM
AHHH!!  You're killing me here, Zaine!  Every time you commit more to Linux you tempt me to try it out.  Oh, my wonderful Windows software...what will I do without it??  You know, I'm still trying to put together my "Superior Software List" on my website (tongue in cheek to your list), but now that you've gone totally Linux, I guess my list will stand alone.

You know, I haven't gotten a new machine for over 7 years now.  I'll probably have to get one soon.  Is it time to give Linux a shot?  But I'm going to be so busy...I can just see the transition taking me forever as I try to figure everything out.

You're killing me here, bro.  Just know that!
4467  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Open With" alternative for Windows on: September 02, 2008, 07:21:10 PM
Thanks for OpenExpert!  That is perfect.
4468  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / "Open With" alternative for Windows on: September 01, 2008, 02:06:34 AM
I was wondering if there existing such a thing as an "Open With" alternative software for Windows?  I bet there is one (there's an alternative to everything else, why not this?).

I have no idea how the open with option in the right-click context menu in Windows gets its choices from, but often they are stupid choices or illogical ones.  And there's no way for me to configure them.  Is there something out there that offers the user a little more flexibility or customizeability?
4469  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What do you use to bookmark and annotate your .chm files? on: August 31, 2008, 11:35:07 PM
Armando, I just ran across the same issue this week!  I'm reading a very long chm book and I can't figure out a way to bookmark my spot.  I just write it down (or keep it in my mind).  But yes, please anyone, if there's a way to do this, let us know!
4470  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Announcing my new website (superboyac). on: August 23, 2008, 01:51:17 AM
Eesh, I think I'll pass on that.  Too much work!  It's ok though, I looked at other people's websites and it looks like they don't bother putting the two spaces in either.  Thanks for the tip!  You can be sure there will be a nice review for SQLNotes on my website sooner or later!
4471  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Announcing my new website (superboyac). on: August 22, 2008, 08:48:39 PM
Why do all my double spaces (like after periods) show up as single spaces on my website?  That's annoying.
4472  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Announcing my new website (superboyac). on: August 21, 2008, 06:39:01 PM
starting to look much better superboyac
Thanks tomos.  I really want to get the software section going like I'm imagining for you guys here.  I've already made my list of about 80 or so programs to include.  I just have to learn a little bit of code to make the page look good.
4473  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software Catalog - What Are You Using & How Do You Like It? on: August 21, 2008, 10:03:06 AM
I don't think it's something that can be done automatically.  How is the program supposed to know what category a software fits into?  It's so subjective.  The more practical issue is a program that can make the organizing process easier or faster.

A while back, mouser was considering combining the functions of Launchbar Commander and FARR into one program in order to deal with similar issues.  I don't know if that is still on the table, but I thought it was a great idea.
4474  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Announcing my new website (superboyac). on: August 20, 2008, 09:34:55 PM
Wow, wordpress is really powerful.  I'm growing more and more amazed by it.  I also have to give a lot of credit to Justin Tadlock's wonderful theme.  It's really turning out to be a nice site, if I may say so myself.
Once I can figure out how to do the fancy stuff above, it will be really nice.  And the DC members should get a good kick out of the software page.  That's going to be my crown jewel of the site.
4475  News and Reviews / Older Newsletters / Re: --> Newsletter For August 14th, 2008 - Codename "Software Summer Sizzle" on: August 19, 2008, 02:32:50 AM
Thanks for the mention of my website!  Manly Cup baby!
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