Manage Your Email Using The 4 Ds For Decision-Making Model

There should be an image here!One of the most effective ways I have found for managing email is to apply the 4 Ds for Decision-Making Model. By applying the model, you can quickly decide what action to take with an email and more importantly, which ones you can delete right away.

If you’re struggling with managing your email, I highly encourage you to read 4 Ways to Take Control of Your Inbox. In particular, step 4 outlines how you can apply the 4 Ds Decision-Making Model when processing email.

If you start applying the model, you’ll quickly find that your email is much more manageable.

[Photo above by Jeremy Keith / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Do You Keep All Your Emails?

There should be an image here!Many people are of the belief that they need to keep all their emails because “you just never know when you might need something”. Reality is that most people never use 80% of what they file away. That means you could get rid of 80% of your stored information with no ramifications.

I used to be one of those people who saved everything. A “keeper”. However, it contributed to my overloaded inbox, among other things. About a year ago, I made a conscious decision to throw away most of my stored information. I was a little nervous at first, but in the end felt much “lighter”. Not to mention, my inbox was far more manageable with fewer folders.

Now I’m much more selective about what I store and what I throw away. Furthermore, I go through my stored information every six months to re-evaluate whether I still need to keep it.

In my opinion, there is no reason to file away all your emails. Get rid of them! It’s liberating!

[Photo above by Jeremy Keith / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Help! I Can’t Keep Up With My Email!

There should be an image here!Have you ever heard someone say they can’t keep up with their email and that there is too much information coming at them? I hear it and see it all the time — people getting overwhelmed with the amount of email they receive.

Truth is — the amount of email coming in is not the real problem. The real problem is the lack of organizational skills. If people learned to manage their email, the volume of email would not be overwhelming.

It is true that we receive a high volume of email. However, if you take control of your inbox, the volume becomes irrelevant. Applying good processing and organizational skills to your inbox will keep it under control and manageable regardless of how much email is coming in.

[Photo above by Jeremy Keith / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Help! I Can’t Keep Up With My Email!

There should be an image here!Have you ever heard someone say they can’t keep up with their email and that there is too much information coming at them? I hear it and see it all the time — people getting overwhelmed with the amount of email they receive.

Truth is — the amount of email coming in is not the real problem. The real problem is the lack of organizational skills. If people learned to manage their email, the volume of email would not be overwhelming.

It is true that we receive a high volume of email. However, if you take control of your inbox, the volume becomes irrelevant. Applying good processing and organizational skills to your inbox will keep it under control and manageable regardless of how much email is coming in.

[Photo above by Jeremy Keith / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Do You Keep All Your Emails?

There should be an image here!Many people are of the belief that they need to keep all their emails because “you just never know when you might need something”. Reality is that most people never use 80% of what they file away. That means you could get rid of 80% of your stored information with no ramifications.

I used to be one of those people who saved everything. A “keeper”. However, it contributed to my overloaded inbox, among other things. About a year ago, I made a conscious decision to throw away most of my stored information. I was a little nervous at first, but in the end felt much “lighter”. Not to mention, my inbox was far more manageable with fewer folders.

Now I’m much more selective about what I store and what I throw away. Furthermore, I go through my stored information every six months to re-evaluate whether I still need to keep it.

In my opinion, there is no reason to file away all your emails. Get rid of them! It’s liberating!

[Photo above by Jeremy Keith / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Manage Your Email Using The 4 Ds For Decision-Making Model

There should be an image here!One of the most effective ways I have found for managing email is to apply the 4 Ds for Decision-Making Model. By applying the model, you can quickly decide what action to take with an email and more importantly, which ones you can delete right away.

If you’re struggling with managing your email, I highly encourage you to read 4 Ways to Take Control of Your Inbox. In particular, step 4 outlines how you can apply the 4 Ds Decision-Making Model when processing email.

If you start applying the model, you’ll quickly find that your email is much more manageable.

[Photo above by Jeremy Keith / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Microsoft Windows 7 – Is There A Problem?

I just finished reading a piece in which the writer questioned what is happening to Windows 7. His opinion is that when Windows 7 was first introduced it had received accolades and positive feedback. He now seems to feel that now that the operating system is going Gold, that some of the shine is dimming and he compares it to OS/2. Surely he must be joking or he has lost his mind.

Comparing OS/2 to Windows 7 is like comparing a 2010 Cadillac CTS to the Ford Model T. We are talking about apples and oranges in the extreme. But there is more to this comparison than meets the eye. This is journalism at its worse. Let me explain myself.

I’ve been reading stuff about Windows since about the time that Windows 3.1 was introduced. At each launch of a new Windows product it is always the same. There are articles which give a glowing report of the new operating system, how it is going to improve on our computing experience and basically appears to have been written by a Microsoft employee. On the flip side we have the person who looks for a flaw, even the tiniest of flaws to pounce on the new operating system while claiming the new product was produced by the devil.

How about a fair, complete and honest approach to evaluating any new operating system? That would be novel. Thank goodness we do have people out there who take their jobs seriously and do indeed provide a fair and balanced report.

So until Windows 7 actually hits the streets and the common folk have a chance to test it, evaluate it, and give it an honest appraisal, everything else must be looked at suspiciously.

Just my 2 cents.

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Windows 7 RC Receives Its First Fix

There appears to be a problem with the install process for the 32 bit English version of Windows 7 RC Ultimate. The problem is described as the installer incorrectly setting the access control on the root system drive. The fix from Microsoft is described further as:

In the English version of Windows 7 Release Candidate (build 7100) 32-bit Ultimate, the folder that is created as the root folder of the system drive (%SystemDrive%) is missing entries in its security descriptor. One effect of this problem is that standard users such as non-administrators cannot perform all operations to subfolders that are created directly under the root. Therefore, applications that reference folders under the root may not install successfully or may not uninstall successfully. Additionally, operations or applications that reference these folders may fail.

For example, if a folder is created under the root of the system drive from an elevated command prompt, this folder will not correctly inherit permissions from the root of the drive. Therefore, some specific operations, such as deleting the folder, will fail when they are performed from a non-elevated command prompt.

The fix currently is being provided by Windows update. However, on their site Microsoft also has a manual fix available.

Comments welcome.

Fix from Microsoft is here.

A Reader Needs Help With AVG Installation

I received a comment from reader ‘wannabee avg user’ who presented the following problem:

Hello Ron,

I downloaded AGV 8,0 a few months ago, and i was very happy. It worked perfectly and I was recommended to my friends!
Than something happened; it wasnt working correct and
seaching the net, I ‘ven’t got the green signes anymore !
So I try to uploaded it to 8.5 on the offical site; AVG.
It doesn’t work, so I removed it and tried to download the whole new version 8.5; it failed, got the message; Log machine installation failed Installation: Error: Action failed for
directory Log: setting directory access rights Invalid parameter specified
???? I don’t understand a word of it; The first time it downloaded itself without any problem.
Do I have a virus on my computer, is something wrong with
Vista and avg free 8.5 or anything else?
Would you please help me?
And please in simple terms, because I am a computer dummy 
;) and english is not so good, if you didn’t reconize ;)

Hello wannabee avg user:

My first thoughts are these. First you may have received a corrupted download. I’d try the download from another site, like this one:

http://download.cnet.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html

http://www.filehippo.com/

You will notice on the file hippo site that there is also a download link for CCleaner. You may wish to consider running this program as well to remove any registry errors that may be prohibiting the install.

Yes. You could have a bug on your system. I would run Trend Micro online scanner to see if this is the problem. I’d would do this first.

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

Comments welcome.

AVG Posts Fix Tool For Errant Virus Database

AVG has posted on their site a fix tool for those who might be having problems with their Windows XP machines after a faulty database confirmed a Windows file as a virus. If you are experiencing a problem and use AVG, follow the instructions below to fix your computer:

We have prepared an utility which can fix the issue mentioned above. You can use the following boot media: either CD-ROM or USB flash drive. If you decide to use CD-ROM, please follow the instructions in part A), in case of USB flash drive follow the steps in part B). When finished it is neccessary (in both cases) to follow additional instructions described in part C).

A. CD-ROM instructions (recommended):

1. Please download the CD image.
2. Use your favourite CD burning software to burn the downloaded image (IMPORTANT NOTE: Please use the “Burn CD from image”* option).
3. Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive of the affected computer and restart the computer. It should boot up from the CD. If not, please see the user’s manual for you motherboard to find out how to let the computer boot from a CD.
4. Continue with instructions in section C).

B. USB flash drive instructions (available only for computers supporting USB boot function):

1. Please download the USB flash archive (rescue.zip).
2. Extract the content of the “rescue.zip” archive to your USB flash drive.
3. IMPORTANT: go to the root of the flash drive.
WARNING: take care to do the next step only when you are located on the flash drive. Doing the step on the local disk can DESTROY BOOT FILES ON YOUR HARD
DRIVE!

4. Please run the “makeboot.bat” batch (pay attention that it is the one on the USB flash drive) and follow the instructions.
5. Connect the USB flash drive to the affected computer and restart the computer. It should boot up from the USB flash drive. If not, please see the user’s manual for you motherboard to find out how to let the computer boot from a USB flash drive. Please note that this function is not supported on all motherboards.

C. Additional instructions:

1. Boot the computer from the CD-ROM or USB flash drive as described in steps A) and B).
2. Follow the rescue process.
3. Please login to Windows as Administrator.
4. Update the AVG program (Open AVG User Interface and click the “Update now” button)
5. Rename the file “avgrsx.exe_off” to “avgrsx.exe”. This file is located in the AVG 8.0 Program folder (C:Program FilesAVGAVG8 by default)´.
6. Rename the file “avgsched.dll_off” to “avgsched.dll”. This file is located in the AVG 8.0 Program folder (C:Program FilesAVGAVG8 by default)
7. Remove the boot media (CD-ROM or USB flash drive) and restart your computer.

Hopefully this should repair your system and it should boot properly.

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Windows XP SP3 Users – Note Problem With IE 8 Betas

If you have upgraded your Windows XP installation to XP3 and are using IE 8 Beta 1, you may wish to read this IE blog entry to make sure you do not fall between the cracks. What cracks? If you have installed SP3 after installing IE Beta 1, you will need to uninstall IE Beta 1 manually. The problem with installing IE Beta 2 without first uninstalling IE Beta 1, may result in a system in which you will not be able to uninstall SP3 or IE Bate 2. Note: You will however will still be able to install later builds of IE 8 when it becomes final.

Confused? Read the Microsoft heads up solution from the IE blog below labeled below as Source, and make sure you follow these directions exactly:

To avoid getting into this situation, we strongly encourage you to follow these steps before installing Internet Explorer Beta 2:

  1. Uninstall Windows XP SP3
  2. Uninstall IE8 Beta1
  3. Re- install Windows XP SP3
  4. Install IE8 Beta2

If you do not follow these instructions, you may end up with a system in which you can not uninstall SP3 or IE 8 Beta 2. This is only if you have installed IE Beta 1 and than upgraded to SP3.

Comments welcome.

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Mozilla Firefox 3 Eating 1G Of Ram – Really?

Here we go again. Another one of those Firefox is eating up my RAM article’s, but this one is slightly different. Most articles are about the using amounts of RAM in the 100 to 200kb range. But this one is for a whopping 1G of RAM [910,052 to be exact]. Though we have hashed this out before and it seems most people are satisfied to blame add-ons as the culprit, this amount of RAM usage seems extremely high no matter how bad the add-ons suck up resources. According to this Dallas Morning News article it states the following with task manger chart:

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 Observe this screen shot of my task manager showing Firefox 3 using up nearly a gig of RAM. I have six tabs open: Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, a Web-based version of Movable Type 4.1, this blog and a story from Cnet.

As for add-ons, I have Better Gmail 2, Remember the Milk, Google Gears, Google Notebook, IE Tab, Skype Extension for Firefox, and Adblock Plus.

What in God’s name is going on here? Does anyone have any suggestions for fixing this? (And no, conspiracy theorists, I have not Photoshopped this except to make the numbers legible. I’m not a Microsoft agent. I like Firefox. I just want it to work properly.)

 Now. Let’s not throw rocks at the messenger. :-) I didn’t write this article. The suggestions made are in line with previous suggestions made about this problem. Shutdown FF and start again. This seems to be the best way to solve this problem.

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Netflix To Offer Credits For Shipping Delays

Netflix has announced to some of its users that there could be some shipping delays. The email I received stated that two of my DVD’s were experiencing a delay in getting to my home. This was surprising since Netflix has always been one of the best online services that I have used. I did check their site and noted my DVD’s would be sent on Friday instead of on Wednesday, which is a minor inconvenience.

Nteflix also states that a credit will be given:

 IMPORTANT: Your DVD shipments might be delayed…

We’re sorry to report that we continue to experience issues with our shipping system, so some of you are not receiving DVDs in a timely manner and some of you have not received emails letting you know we got a DVD back from you.

We apologize and we’ll be automatically issuing credits to all of you whose shipments have been delayed. Our goal is to ship DVDs as soon as possible and to provide a personalized email update to you if your DVD shipment was delayed.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience we’ve caused you and thank you for your patience.

It would be nice if all companies were as consumer friendly as Netflix appears to be. They at least take responsibility when there is a problem and offer a credit without being asked.

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AVG Fixes LinkScanner Problem

It is rare to see one software product that has caused such a stir. It is usually Norton or McAfee who receives the ‘bad mouthing’, but this time it is AVG with their LinkScanner technology. All over the Internet people and web site owners have been screaming about how AVG’s LinkScanner has created false traffic and has become a royal pain. But AVG took notice and has fixed the problem, I hope. I found this on a forum from an AVG vendor who stated:

Peter Cameron, Managing Director of AVG Australia / New Zealand here again.

As promised, I am letting you know that the latest update for AVG Free edition has addressed and rectified the issue that Simon and other members of Whirlpool (and others) have brought to our attention. This update has now been released to users and has also been built into the latest installation package for AVG Free.

It typically takes several days for all free users to get updated so results of this change should be seen by early next week. A similar update for AVG’s commercial users will be released on Tuesday as previously notified.

We thank you for your feedback. You can see that we do listen to you and take appropriate action as required. We are totally committed to providing maximum protection for our users and for the Internet eco-system as a whole without causing unnecessary disruption.

Sincerely,
Peter Cameron
Managing Director
AVG Australia / New Zealand

Hopefully this will put an end to the controversy once and for all.

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