Gmail anyone?

To: "Birding-aus (E-mail)" <>
Subject: Gmail anyone?
From: "Reid" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 15:44:37 +1100
Hello all,
I don't wish to appear to be a doom-sayer, but I would advise you all to approach the downloading of new applications onto your system with the utmost caution.
A couple of months ago I read a review of Firefox as an email system, which lauded its advantages over Outlook Express (my current system).  So I downloaded it and installed it.  One of the first things the installation process did was change certain configuration values in some (I have no idea how many) of the system files of my PC.
Unfortunately, one of the files into which it intruded was one of the basic system files of the database that I have been using for the past 25 years, and in so doing it caused a corruption in the file header, which rendered the whole of my database (an 25 years worth of data and hard work) inaccessible.  There is really NO WAY in which an email system should have had any reason to change information in that file - it has nothing whatsoever to do with email functions.
After much angst and trouble I was able to repair the file to some extent in that the system now works BUT the automatic indexing system (on which I rely a lot) is partly disabled - enough so to be a real inconvenience.
So, if new applications are going to change system files on you (and I sure most do), please think twice.
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