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Another thing I notices is that OE issues with preview of the emails with huge attachments.
I use Calypso, but it is not supported anymore. I have 20 pop accounts, and it works well, and is fast with great filters. Just a thought. I think you can still get it if you look out there.
Outlook express has some great features, and is hard to beat for the cost. I am a fan of Opera too, that may be a simple (and supported) way to go.
Firstly I organise my main categories:-
Business - Mycompany ltd
Business - Other Business
and many more..
I then use my calendar to map out my regular tasks everyday which I view on a 5 Work week setting.
Once I have all my regular tasks entered to re-occur every week I then see what little time I have left for real work.
Now, every day I spend 15 mins sorting email, I either Do it, delete it, delegate it or defer it.
If its something I can do with in a minute I'll do it straightaway other wise i move the email to a category in my tasks list ready for planning in my calendar.
With in 15 mins my inbox is empty again and all filed into the correct sections and emails downloading quickly.
keeping track of contacts is just as simple.
I used to hate Outlook but I've learned to use it correctly and I know many people hate using M$ but I've not found anything better and so widely used, specially important when others also plan using outlook and send you appointments.
For me outlook is the best for now, I've tried Eudora and other calendar software etc but outlook works better as its altogether under one roof.
One day we'll sign up to the exchange server then the real power of Outlook will come through.
Added - I leave Outlook to work in the background just by shrinking it, whenever I need it I just click and it opens quickly. I don't have send and receive on automatically as this can disturb you everytime something comes in, also you may want to adjust emails that you'll send before sending.
Another good tip is to free you mind of ideas, thoughts, post it notes, text messages etc by entering tasks into the task pad then move each task at the end of the day into a category ready for planning in your calendar.
Its amazing how much you store in brain thinking of all the things which outlook could look after for you. We've all been their, forgetting things the wife says about going out for dinner or planning a shopping trip :( thats because your brain is overloaded and its best to have all this stuff stored in one location then sync with your mobile or PDA.
Their are some really good books on how to handle email and time management.
Your O/S is corrupted irreversible in the registry through time and inevitably through McAffee. McAffee and Norton are not compatible with Windows because neither obey Windows registry installation rules and cause system slow down by using incompatible Class keys.
If you use drive imaging (Acronis if you have SP2 installed) you can bail out of Windows software corruption in a mouse click. I restore a drive image every month and as a result my PC has been running fast and corruption free for years.
Outlook Express fails because it is run from Windows system and vulnerable to registry corruption influence. If your system is always stable, and it can be, OE will always work smoothly and snap open, but it does have its limitations, as you would be aware.
You have been given sound advice to use Outlook. If you don't need the contact management element POCO Mail is highly recommended. I believe now POCO also has a contact manager similar to Outlook, worth checking out. I have been using this software for some years, as it is a true email client designed for marketers and online business.
McAffee and Norton are not compatible with Windows because neither obey Windows registry installation rules and cause system slow down by using incompatible Class keys.
The main problem with the registry is that it gets too large and slows things down. The whole concept is flawed, but we're stuck with it. Most software would start quicker by ignoring the registry and using .INI or .XML files to store data. The registry is only needed for system data.