A number of years ago I worked with a guy whose hobby was Bee Keeping. He once made the comment "there are Bee Keepers and there are Bee Havers". Bee Havers put a hive in the yard and do nothing more. I'm a bit of a "software haver" in that I download and try a lot of software, some is useful, some not, some is better than others, and some is really good. I measure "good" based on how it fits what I want to do with it and how easy it is for me to use.
On the WeLoop website there is a page labeled Utilities. It makes reference to several "utility programs" that we've found handy and reliable. With the exception of "The WeLoop Zipper", which we developed to address a very specific need, these programs are not our creations and we DO NOT support them, but we do use them.
Do you want to use them? That's your shot to call.
Let me offer one suggestion, it's a "do as I say, not as I do" deal. If you download and install a piece of software and then find you aren't going to use it, UN-INSTALL IT! I always mean to do that but more often than not it slips by.
- Click on the Start button
- Click on the "Control Panel" option which will display the Control Panel window
- Select the "Add or Remove Programs" option which will present the Add or Remove Programs window whichis a list of all the programs your have installed on your computer
NOTE: This removal process is VERY POWERFUL and allows you to do a lot of damage in a very short period of time -- that is the voice of experience!
- Scroll through the list of programs. Find the one you installed and now want to remove.
- Click on the Remove button and walk through the removal process.
If you make a mistake, DON'T CALL ME. You'll need to contact you computer support folks. We are very comfortable with issues relating to WeLoop.SAMS but are "totally clueless" when it comes to issues NOT relating to SAMS.
- MOVE SLOWLY
- THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING
Yes, that is a "cop-out". It is also "fair warning". Installing and uninstalling software is serious business!
I am currently in the process of replacing the computer I've used for development for several years with a new one. So far I've found about 50 programs that I installed at some point, elected not to use, and now I have to make that decision all over again because I didn't do the uninstall and it is still there.
PS - The primary reason I'm replacing the machine is I'm running out of disk storage space. The disk-drive that is 97% utilized, the new one is 4-times larger. A little more discipline on my part might have extended the life of the old machine.
Lessons from the School of Hard Knocks
These notes are the result of telephone conversations and email exchanges over the years. The purpose here is twofold:
- Share the information resulting from those exchanges with everyone so it may be applied where it makes sense to you.
- Point out capabilities you have with WeLoop.SAMS that you may not be taking full advantage of.