New Computer – my programs part 3

Migrating to another computer is one of my least favourite tasks, and over the last 20+ years, I’ve done it many times both at home and as part of my job. I usually allow for the need to do so every 2-3 years. It’s only because my laptop started playing up that I decided to take the plunge a bit sooner rather than later. (It’s always better to bite the bullet before something breaks and you’re desperate!)

Here’s the next set of 5 programs that I find very useful.

1. Spam is always a pain. Most of my accounts go into googlemail, but the spam filters aren’t exactly helpful – many addresses still appear in my spam box even though I keep telling The G that I don’t want them. Getting very fed-up with this, I decided to reinstate my Mailwasher program; I’d bought it many moons ago, so just needed to get the latest version and set it up again. I have set MW to check mail every 10 minutes and my email program, Eudora, every 2000 minutes (this is so that it doesn’t conflict with MW). Once MW has collected all my messages, I can go through them and mark them as Spam or Friend. As it learns, it becomes more efficient. It’s certainly easy. I still have to check my google spam box, but at least I can vet the other stuff which still comes through. Check out Mailwasher on the Firetrust website.

2. This is something for the UK only – SmartStamp. Royal Mail’s neat little program which lets us print our own stamps. Absolutely invaluable! Especially for my eBay selling activiites. (It helps that my son is a postman and puts my packets directly into the post when he goes to work.) With a small postage scale, I can always fulfil my orders very quickly and don’t have to worry about queueing up at the post office or buying stamps. Brilliant. Find details on the Royal Mail Website.

3. Shortkeys Lite. A very simple program which lets you insert common phrases and even long paragraphs with just one or two keystrokes. For example, using ]lh I can set up to insert the URL of this blog. I’ve also used it to autocomplete rather long email messages or certain paragraphs. The free version lets you have 15 items. Click here to go the Shortkeys website.

4. I use two monitors. Makes it much faster and considerable easier to do everything. Saves that constant up-and-down of windows all the time. DisplayFusion lets me have a different background on each monitor. Check out the website here (free for basic version).

5. Finally, for this series of ‘new computer – my programs’ I give you Evernote. This is new to me. I discovered it after I’d downloaded MS OneNote (which requires payment after the 60 day trial). What I’ve been looking for is a means of keeping all my bits and bobs – web pages, snippets, scans, notes etc, in one place. The sort of things we’d have as hardcopy in a file – or should that be ‘pile’. The basic program is free, or you can upgrade for a very small fee. Early days yet and I’m not sure it will do all that I want, but it’s very clever. All that remains is for me to be clever enough to remember to use it. Learn more about Evernote here.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed these insights into what I use on my computer. Nothing about photos or music, perhaps I’ll add those in future.

Until next time


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