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General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email?
« on: September 11, 2008, 04:07 PM »
X1 Professional Client was free but it now cost $50, and worth every cent (and I am in no way affiliated with that company).

General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email?
« on: September 11, 2008, 02:26 PM »
I forgot to mention one very, very big advantage of X1.  IT COMPLETELY ELIMINATES THE NEED TO DO SEARCHES OF ANY KIND FROM WITHIN OUTLOOK.  :Thmbsup:  All searches can be performed from X1.

If the X1 index is restricted to Outlook pst and or ost files only, it is extremely powerful.  It eliminates the need to categorize or save email into different bins in Outlook. 

The only Outlook folders I have for mail are "Inbox" and "Delete Items" (which is set to not be automatically emptied).  Any message that can be deleted, unquestionably, is permanently deleted with  Shift/Delete.  Everything else goes in the "Deleted" folder and is permanently saved until such time in the future when I decide to permanently delete them.

One could have additional folders for categories but in its simplest form this system works perfectly well.

There are many other good tools for searching all other types of non-email files but it is worth keep them separate from the X1 index if it involves large quantities/sizes of files.

General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email?
« on: September 08, 2008, 10:31 PM »
I use Outlook 2007 and have always saved important (to me ) emails, some with very large attachments.  Eventually the *.pst becomes enormous and unmanagable, and takes Outlook forever to open unless they are archived in groups and save as separate pst files which can be stored and backed up.  For example, create a personal folder file called "My emails from 1_2001 to 12_2004.pst"  and another as "My emails from 1_2005 to 12_2007.pst". 

In my case, the average size of the backed up pst files described above is 1 gig to 2.8 gigs.

Using the Outlook/File/Data File Management/Data Files tab, you can point to the default pst file (e.g. a pst file that contains all emails from 2007 to the present) that opens by default with Outlook.  However, at any given time, you can open a previous pst archive, as needed.

Here's the key to the kingdom.  Using the program X1, which is not free but worth every penny, one can maintain an index of all the mail in the old pst files and even MS Exschange files (i.e. *.ost files) and instantly locate and open an old email without having it as the active or default pst file in Outlook.  One can search by name of sender, or receiver, or attachment file type and all manner of wild card combinations.

For anyone that manages or searches humungous piles of emails ranging from the recent past to the very distant past, this is a friggin' awesome system.

Note of caution:  Be sure to backup the original pst file before embarking on the Outlook archiving feature if you are not familiar with it.  I searched the web and found some helpful articles which describe exactly how to do it.  I deleted the links or I would have attached them. 

p.s. I have always been shackled to Outlook, for business reasons only. However, once you learn, it is relativley simple.   Don't overlook the power X1.    I have tried many other software products that pretend to manage Outlook mail, and have not found anything better than groups of pst files indexed by X1.

p.p.s.  This virtually eliminates the need to categorize anything.

p.p.p.s  I use X1 only for Outlook email.  I use Locate32 and dtSearch for most other desktop file searching requirements.

Windows XP Pro, partitions are NTFS

I like the idea of creating a limited user account and creating permissions so that personal files can only be read by me.

However, the ‘Make this folder private’ option is grayed out on the folder properties tab.  My understanding is that you can only set permissions for files and folders on the same drive where Windows is installed, which is C: drive in my case.

Is there any way to set permissions for folders on the D: drive partition?

Ideally, I would like to password protect then entire D: drive partition, not individual files or folders.

I am the only user with a log on to this laptop.  I travel to different locations to do training and demos, and there are times when other people need to have access to my laptop, sometimes when I am not in the room for brief periods of time up to 30 minutes or so.

I realize that serious hackers could get access to my data.  I am only trying to block casual users and nosy people.

Getting back to my original question........Is there any way to password protect a partition on my hard drive?  I do not want to back it up or encrypt it or compress it.   :huh:


Fodder,  thank you for the recommendation.

Based on your experience, would you have any concerns encrypting a hard drive partition that is 40 GB?  In other words, does that mean that you would not hesitate to encrypt D: drive in the application I described?


I don't want to alter the folders or files in any way, including compression.

My laptop hard drive is partitioned into C: and D: drives.  The Windows XP OS and programs are on C drive; data on D drive.

Are there any good programs that will allow me to password protect the D drive, or portions of D, to prevent access?  I do not want to encrypt or hide the D drive.

jgpaiva:  When I type agroups into farr, I get a very long list which includes things I never use.  This is my wishlist:

- I would like to be able to call only certain groups of aliases, especially the Custom User Alias file 'NewAliasFile.alias' group.

- I don't want to delete any core aliases but it would be nice to be able to select (e.g. checkbox) which ones will show up when I type agroups.

- It would be nice to be able to filter aliases beginning with a certain letter.  For example, if I were to type 'agroups m' it would be nice for all the aliases beginning with 'm' to be listed.

I am not sure if this is a reasonable or realistic request.


I have a huge and growing list of my personal aliases as well as the ones associated with the fantastic plugins that have been so generously created. 

REQUEST: How about a plug-in that will pop up a list of aliases, either a complete list or by alias type or alias group.

I would like to cut selected 'pieces' out of some images (jpeg, png, bmp).

I know that it is possible to crop or slice a rectangular or circular section but is there any software that allows a cut of an irregular shaped line that is drawn by freehand around the portion to be saved.  An example would be to cut out and save only the shape of a head of a person in a portrait.

Xara Xtreme has a function called 'Slice Shapes' but I have v2.0 and haven't been able to make it work.

Any other software out there that can do this?

Post New Requests Here / Re: Hide menu in Start Menu
« on: June 21, 2008, 06:43 PM »
Thanks skrommel.  This is a very nice little gem!  :up:

As someone who installs and uninstalls a lot of software, my Start Menu was completely bloated with junk.  Now it is nice and tidy.

On the Aliases/Groups tab, it would be nice to be able to click on the columns to sort them A to Z.

I would like to know how to create an autohotkey script to maximize a program from the Windows tray, which I will then run in FARR as an alias.  I know there is an easy way to do this but I can't figure it out.  Can someone help?


Find And Run Robot / Re: add launcher "keywords" to farr?
« on: February 20, 2008, 07:33 PM »
You can also then:

    * put more than one file under the NP keyword -- now you get a menu when you type np of your items to choose from

How do you do this?

Thanks, mouser, but will it boot faster?  What are the advantages?

I could use some advice regarding hard drive configuration for a new laptop:

1. Will it boot up faster than a non-partitioned drive, all else being equal?  Note that I have a lot of programs (crap) that open on boot up.

2. What are advantages/disadvantages to partitioning?

3. What is preferred, NTFS or FAT32?

System will be:
Windows XP, sp2
120 gig HD, 5400 rpm
2 gig ram
processor= Intel Core2 Duo Processor ULV U7600 (1.20GHz, 533Mhz
running mostly MS applications
no gaming

General Software Discussion / Radiohead video of Scottish Mist
« on: January 09, 2008, 09:43 PM »
Far be it from me to make an unethical request  :-[.  And I hope this isn't one but.........can anyone tell me which software I might be able to use to record the audio portion of Radiohead at


Just for clarification, is there a consensus that upgrades to newer versions would not be covered by maintenance fees unless it was explicitly stated as such in the terms of the software agreement.

I am involved in a bit of a debate and in need of some advice regarding the purchase of 'maintenance' for a software product.  Specifically,

- Is this a common term in the software industry?
- What is normally covered by 'maintenance' fees?
- Would someone paying maintenance expect to receive all upgrades whether or not it was specifically stated that new versions would be included?
- Are there any (I hate to ask) legal references that I can refer to that might have a definition of the term 'maintenance'?


General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager
« on: September 13, 2007, 11:07 PM »
Dopus has tremendous capabilities if you have the time to dedicate your life to figure out all the inane nuances required to configure it.   :down:

The DC forum turned me onto QTTabar and I'll never go back to Dopus. :Thmbsup:  It modifies Windows Explorer, which I have avoided for over 10 years, but it provides all the neccessary tools for fast and easy file management that should have been there all along without being too complicated.  It enables easily configured tabs and groups.  It's not bloated so it loads quickly.  It's stable.  It has just enough bells and whistles to do what I need to do.  It's FREE and updated pretty regularly.

Goodbye Dopus.

p.s. This is my chronological order of progression of file managers over time in order from oldest (top) to most recent (bottom):
- Windows Explorer
- PowerDesk
- ExplorerPlus (I still use this from time to time for old time sake.  It has one of the best fastest search functions which in combination with Locate32, DtSearch and X1 provide every option of desktop search required by mankind)
- Dopus
- QTTabar (modified Windows Explorer)

General Software Discussion / Re: Realtime Screencasting Software
« on: September 10, 2007, 10:07 PM » is another option.  All parties (hosts and guests) must download the software.

General Software Discussion / Re: Realtime Screencasting Software
« on: September 08, 2007, 08:56 AM »
Do any of these programs/services allow one person (me) to serve as the host but which do NOT require the guests (everyone else) to download software or register on a website to participate? 

The purpose is so that they can view my desktop while I demo software, but avoid the hassle of having them install software or register to use it.

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