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technofile: Making your own information manager in your e-mail program

Jun 21, 2000, 14:31 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Al Fasoldt)

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"Practicing what you preach is hard."

"When I switched from Windows to Linux on my main PC a year ago, I gave up a wonderful personal organizer. I'd been a big fan of Microsoft Outlook 98, and I knew right away I'd miss it when I installed Linux. (Outlook is part of Microsoft Office, which is not yet available for Linux.)"

"...There was much more to Outlook 98 that I liked. It had drawbacks, too. It took a long time to load and sometimes refused to close. It would drive me crazy sometimes by refusing to send out mail that had certain characters in the address."

"For a few months after I installed Linux I cheated. Every now and then I'd boot back up into Windows -- I have both Windows and Linux on that PC -- and run Outlook 98 to check my notes and my calendar. But security blankets can only cover so much. I knew last winter that I had to stop sneaking back into Windows. I had to find a program I could run under Linux that would do what Outlook 98 did under Windows."

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