Archive for February, 2011


How to backup and archive emails from multiple email clients

One of the problems we see commonly in Outlook and other email clients with no quotas applied, is a reluctance to delete anything. I know, I do it, or rather don’t do it myself. I shudder when I see the size of my deleted items folder in Outlook but something in me resists hitting the permanently delete button.

IT admins are always looking for ways to avoid using PST because a large PST can become corrupted with the potential for all data inside the store to be lost. Backing up your PST or exporting the PST to a backup has inherent risks. A better solution would be to archive /backup emails independant of the personal store in Outlook.

It’s also common to have multiple email accounts at work or on the home PC, such as gmail, Yahoo, Windows Live Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird. Now you can backup and archive your emails from these multiple accounts from one centralized program. You can also use MailStore for importing purposes from other email clients.

The MailStore backup/archive becomes a searchable database to quickly and easily locate emails based a range of search criteria.

Where do I get such as a useful program and how much is it? Head on over the MailStore where you can grab a copy free.


The Risk of data retention on SSD’s

Solid state drive risk of data retention

Solid state drive and data safety

We see the failure of electro-mechanical hard drives on an almost daily basis. These clumsy but delicate devices are nearing the end of their technology life and SSD (solid state drives) with large capacity and mainstream pricing will take their place. The end-of-life for these troublesome drives is welcomed, though I must point out that while everyone moans about the unreliability of IDE and SATA drives, they are built to a price and you got what you asked for. Some drives seem to be a little more reliable than others, while the WD Velociraptor is very reliable, at a price.

We would expect to see data retained when the flash drive has reached its write cycle and this presents its own security issues for enterprise, medical, and all other users where critical data is stored.  Researchers at the non-volatile-systems -laboratory found that commercial erasing programs were not entirely affective with data remnants still available to testers.

A SSD drive that is unmountable or no longer appears to be working may be mistakenly discarded with accessible data on it.


Hotmail’s new throwaway email accounts

I have a few email accounts over at Yahoo called throwaway email accounts that I use when I am posting in online forums for example. When these accounts start getting spammed out I close the account. Easy. And all this helps keep my life-long email addresses relatively spam free.

The problem is I have to sign in and sign out to read each accounts contents. Microsoft has recognized the need for throwaways, especially in pro-sumer and technical user areas, and created a single login system for multiple throwaway email addresses.

You can find out more over at cnet.