July 29, 2003

Losing my Mind

Well, not exactly. More like transferring it from one PIM to another.

I have used EccoPro since 1994. It contains all my passwords, registration codes, addresses, tech support histories, brilliant ideas, urgent reminders and a partridge in a pear tree. Since starting to use WinXP, Ecco has shown some scary inconsistencies. It is a 32 bit program, and I've tried it default and in "compatibility mode" but still the idea of depending on this legacy software sort of has me spooked.

Until now, I've avoided Outlook... it has been too enormous a drain on RAM (which for present purposes I now have an adequate chunk of) and I have not needed it since Ecco has reliably provided almost all of the functionality of Outlook; and then there was the general Microsoftophobia, of course. But how stable can I expect Outlook to be? Will I transfer all my phonebook info etc only to have it become corrupt after a few months? If anyone can say why this man and this PIM should not be married, speak now. Or forever hold his peas.

Posted by fred1st at July 29, 2003 02:15 PM | TrackBack

Outlook stores everything in a proprietary format that creates huge files. I would avoid it like the plague. It will eventually eat your data.

I use the Palm Desktop. You don't need a Palm Pilot to use the desktop software, and you can't beat the price. Get it at Palm.com

Posted by: Chris at July 29, 2003 02:21 PM

I've used outlook 2000 for three years. I used outlook 97 before that. Never had a problem with it at all...

Posted by: Another Dave at July 29, 2003 08:08 PM

Have a look at AMF Daily Planner you'll find a good overview at WUGNET (www.wugnet.com) another good Windows resource.

Do not, I repeat DO NOT, use Outlook or Outlook Express they're bloated monsters with security holes.

I use The Bat from Ritlabs.com for non-web based email and AMF. The Bat handles mutliple accts. without any confusion...really useful for those of us with web sites.

Works for me.

Posted by: feste at July 29, 2003 08:11 PM

I have to agree about avoiding Outlook. I've seen some excellent uses of it when it's used with the Outlook Server and used for shared business purposes with departmental calendars, web access, etc., but for personal purposes?

It is greatly bloated. I've used the Palm Desktop for years (after suffering through Outlook) and enjoyed its simplicity.

The Palm desktop doesn't have 200 fields for every entry, but do you need them for your personal stuff?

I used to use a program called PackRat which became unstable with Windows 95 and it's "update" was a totally different program and was nowhere near as useful, so I wrote my own packrat in FileMaker pro which served me well for many years.

Good luck and think thrice about Outlook.


Posted by: Doug at July 30, 2003 07:00 AM

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