Gmail anyone?

To: Reid <>
Subject: Gmail anyone?
From: Dave Torr <>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 15:50:18 +1100
Have you contacted Firefox support about this? Firefox is used by an
ever increasing number of people and I have never heard of this before
- but it does reinfoce the report that we should all take backups of
the PC regularly (I am paranoid and store mine both on a secure web
site and on CD) and especially before installing any new application.
Surely yuo have such backups - after all a hard disk can crash at any
time (mine did a couple of years ago) and you would be equally
vulnerable then.

On Tue, 22 Feb 2005 15:44:37 +1100, Reid <> wrote:
> 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. 
> Regards 
> Reid
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