« on: February 28, 2006, 05:46 PM »
Hello Mouser --
I hope you understand the main thing I am trying to get across. The program is great. It allows me to run fewer programs at startup and to be more efficient and to use other programs involving command line switches and batch files easily. Now I am not a coder except for following some examples and modifying scripts and batch files I run across. I am, though, an experienced computer user who is tenacious and persistent. Because of this, I recognized the exceptionalness of your program after learning how it works. However, the difficulties I had in the beginning might have made someone less tenacious to have dumped it. Shortly after I had it configured all to my liking, I got the wierd error message about the corrupt ini file. I believed it so I went thru the whole configuration process all over again. Probably it wasn't necessary but I only learned that later.
I'm not sure if you're right about not needing to save the configuration file. I had to do it today to reset my toolbar. I actually tested it by manually reconfiguring it and not saving the MAIN ini file and it didn't stick thru a reboot. I looked at the toolbar ini file and it had all the buttons I wanted in it but they were not on the toolbar. Then I noticed that the toolbar ini file was configured for a total of one tool. I thought about doing a manual reconfig again but I decided to just replace it with the backup I had and rebooted whidh brought everything back.
I'm detailing this for you because I like the program and thinks it deserves a wider audience. I don't think it will get it unless it does not appear to behave erratically. Once a user knows windows is really all about shortcuts, he's learned enough to understand the value of FARR.
As to the uninstaller issue, I tried it twice and it was definitely hung. Perhaps if I waited longer (like 5 minutes), it might have done something, but I didn't have the patience. At least one of the times I tried it, all programs were shutdown. Both times, FARR was shutdown. As far as I understand, the program is basically a no-install program in that it doesn't effect anything but its own directory like a classic exe stand alone that you can put anywhere and just run. So I am guessing that the installer does nothing more than install shortcuts on the programs menu and in the startup folder. I know this might make it easier for a newb, but for me, I would rather not have an install package but just some directions to install the shortcuts myself (not that I would need that because I would do it anyways with a stand alone program). Also, anyone who needs that type of installer I don't think would have the knowledge to even have a clue of how to use FARR. As it is, I have now backed up my whole FARR directory and deleted the installer and the uninstaller. I plan to backup my ini file when I make significant changes. As far as I can tell, I can just delete all of FARR and restore just by putting my backup directory in.
Shortcuts are the heart and soul of windows. Five years ago I bought my first computer and knew nothing. Now I know alot. FARR can make the computing experience much easier for a newb if they first understand the power of shortcuts. But shortcuts are useless if you can't find them. This is what FARR does. It finds them. The problem with shortuts is finding a place to put them and then to get at them quickly. The dektop can become mighty cluttered after a bit. Now with FARR I am able to do things that I knew could be done before but I wouldn't have bothered because I knew the amount of time spent looking for the link or remembering the hot key just made the configuration not worth the effort.
I got a feeling that with some clear documentaion (particularly on the use of shortcuts and how FARR makes that easier) and more exposure, FARR could becone a household name.