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WMIDs -- Windows Mail Identies -- New program to replace the OE Identities feature removed from Windows Mail

  1. #1


    Steve Cochran Guest

    WMIDs -- Windows Mail Identies -- New program to replace the OE Identities feature removed from Windows Mail

    Microsoft removed the very useful Identities feature from OE when it changed
    it to Windows Mail.

    I've written a program that mimics this feature Windows Mail. This allows
    the user to impersonate different users and maintain segregated settings and
    message stores for each Identity within a given Windows user logon space.

    This Identities capability can allow for a single user to have multiple
    settings, or multiple users can maintain separate settings and message
    stores within a single user space. (Note, however, that in such a
    circumstance, the other users can access each others' messages via Windows
    Explorer, so there is no security / privacy. That can only be achieved by
    different user logons.)

    For a screen shot and a description of its features, see
    http://www.oehelp.com/WMIDs/Default.aspx

    cheers,

    Stephen L. Cochran, Ph.D.

    MS-MVP



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  2. #2


    MICHAEL Guest

    Re: WMIDs -- Windows Mail Identies -- New program to replace the OE Identities feature removed from Windows Mail


    "Steve Cochran" <scochran@oehelp.com> wrote in message
    news:EA0351B0-AA10-4B73-83EA-608172BA121E@microsoft.com...
    > Microsoft removed the very useful Identities feature from OE when it changed it to Windows
    > Mail.
    >
    > I've written a program that mimics this feature Windows Mail. This allows the user to
    > impersonate different users and maintain segregated settings and message stores for each
    > Identity within a given Windows user logon space.


    Your commitment to helping folks with OE and WinMail is amazing.

    I'm sure *many* have benefited from your participation in these groups.

    I've never used OE or WinMail for email, but I am still thankful there is
    someone like you that cares enough to try and make a difference.


    Take care,

    Michael


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  3. #3


    Frankster Guest

    Re: WMIDs -- Windows Mail Identies -- New program to replace the OE Identities feature removed from Windows Mail

    > Note, however, that in such a circumstance, the other users can access
    > each others' messages via Windows > Explorer, so there is no security /
    > privacy. That can only be achieved by different user logons.


    Exactly. Which is probably why MS eliminated "Identities" to begin with.
    False sense of security that never did exist.

    -Frank


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  4. #4


    Steve Cochran Guest

    Re: WMIDs -- Windows Mail Identies -- New program to replace the OE Identities feature removed from Windows Mail

    Wow. Thanks. That was very nice.

    steve

    "MICHAEL" <u158627_emr@dslr.net> wrote in message
    news:OGW$q3$XHHA.5044@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >
    > "Steve Cochran" <scochran@oehelp.com> wrote in message
    > news:EA0351B0-AA10-4B73-83EA-608172BA121E@microsoft.com...
    >> Microsoft removed the very useful Identities feature from OE when it
    >> changed it to Windows Mail.
    >>
    >> I've written a program that mimics this feature Windows Mail. This
    >> allows the user to impersonate different users and maintain segregated
    >> settings and message stores for each Identity within a given Windows user
    >> logon space.

    >
    > Your commitment to helping folks with OE and WinMail is amazing.
    >
    > I'm sure *many* have benefited from your participation in these groups.
    >
    > I've never used OE or WinMail for email, but I am still thankful there is
    > someone like you that cares enough to try and make a difference.
    >
    >
    > Take care,
    >
    > Michael



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  5. #5


    Steve Cochran Guest

    Re: WMIDs -- Windows Mail Identies -- New program to replace the OE Identities feature removed from Windows Mail

    Yeah, but others have said they want to segregate their store between
    business and personal. And others are hubby and wifey with no secrets from
    each other, so they log on to the same user space, but they want to keep
    their mail accounts and messages separate, but not secure from each other.

    It also useful for those whose message stores have gotten corrupted, as they
    can fix that issue by setting up a new Identity, as was often the need in
    OE.

    But I made that point very clear, so there would not be any false sense of
    security.

    cheers,

    steve

    "Frankster" <Frank@SPAM2TRASH.com> wrote in message
    news:rsGdnW_Dlp5zHXDYnZ2dnUVZ_silnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >> Note, however, that in such a circumstance, the other users can access
    >> each others' messages via Windows > Explorer, so there is no security /
    >> privacy. That can only be achieved by different user logons.

    >
    > Exactly. Which is probably why MS eliminated "Identities" to begin with.
    > False sense of security that never did exist.
    >
    > -Frank



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  6. #6


    Frankster Guest

    Re: WMIDs -- Windows Mail Identies -- New program to replace the OE Identities feature removed from Windows Mail

    Yes, I agree, generally. And I wish to echo the other posters appreciation
    of your contributions. Thanks!

    Yeah, there are conveniences attached to identities... I guess. But most of
    this can be done via "rules" and sorting of multiple email accounts.
    Anyway....

    -Frank

    "Steve Cochran" <scochran@oehelp.com> wrote in message
    news:778A1289-D396-4D76-93EE-B5DA4237501E@microsoft.com...
    > Yeah, but others have said they want to segregate their store between
    > business and personal. And others are hubby and wifey with no secrets
    > from each other, so they log on to the same user space, but they want to
    > keep their mail accounts and messages separate, but not secure from each
    > other.
    >
    > It also useful for those whose message stores have gotten corrupted, as
    > they can fix that issue by setting up a new Identity, as was often the
    > need in OE.
    >
    > But I made that point very clear, so there would not be any false sense of
    > security.
    >
    > cheers,
    >
    > steve
    >
    > "Frankster" <Frank@SPAM2TRASH.com> wrote in message
    > news:rsGdnW_Dlp5zHXDYnZ2dnUVZ_silnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >>> Note, however, that in such a circumstance, the other users can access
    >>> each others' messages via Windows > Explorer, so there is no security /
    >>> privacy. That can only be achieved by different user logons.

    >>
    >> Exactly. Which is probably why MS eliminated "Identities" to begin with.
    >> False sense of security that never did exist.
    >>
    >> -Frank

    >



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  7. #7


    Steve Cochran Guest

    Re: WMIDs -- Windows Mail Identies -- New program to replace the OE Identities feature removed from Windows Mail

    To be honest with you. I never used the feature in OE. <VBG>

    It does have its uses, I guess for some.

    steve

    "Frankster" <Frank@SPAM2TRASH.com> wrote in message
    news:68CdncppA-V1FnDYnZ2dnUVZ_q-vnZ2d@giganews.com...
    > Yes, I agree, generally. And I wish to echo the other posters appreciation
    > of your contributions. Thanks!
    >
    > Yeah, there are conveniences attached to identities... I guess. But most
    > of this can be done via "rules" and sorting of multiple email accounts.
    > Anyway....
    >
    > -Frank
    >
    > "Steve Cochran" <scochran@oehelp.com> wrote in message
    > news:778A1289-D396-4D76-93EE-B5DA4237501E@microsoft.com...
    >> Yeah, but others have said they want to segregate their store between
    >> business and personal. And others are hubby and wifey with no secrets
    >> from each other, so they log on to the same user space, but they want to
    >> keep their mail accounts and messages separate, but not secure from each
    >> other.
    >>
    >> It also useful for those whose message stores have gotten corrupted, as
    >> they can fix that issue by setting up a new Identity, as was often the
    >> need in OE.
    >>
    >> But I made that point very clear, so there would not be any false sense
    >> of security.
    >>
    >> cheers,
    >>
    >> steve
    >>
    >> "Frankster" <Frank@SPAM2TRASH.com> wrote in message
    >> news:rsGdnW_Dlp5zHXDYnZ2dnUVZ_silnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >>>> Note, however, that in such a circumstance, the other users can access
    >>>> each others' messages via Windows > Explorer, so there is no security /
    >>>> privacy. That can only be achieved by different user logons.
    >>>
    >>> Exactly. Which is probably why MS eliminated "Identities" to begin with.
    >>> False sense of security that never did exist.
    >>>
    >>> -Frank

    >>

    >



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  8. #8


    DGuess Guest

    Re: WMIDs -- Windows Mail Identies -- New program to replace the OE Identities feature removed from Windows Mail

    The answers I got were they wanted one message store location, a changed
    message store database and should users want separate Identities, use a
    Windows log on account to separate them.

    The current message stores are even less secure than before. Each message is
    stored individually as a .eml text file where before it was stored in one
    file in 512kb parts all over the file. To get to those messages, the user
    had to import them into OE where as now, they can just open them and with
    the subject line showing in Vista's Explorer, it's even easier to see which
    message is which unlike the way it is with XP and Windows Live Mail desktop,
    Explorer currently doesn't show the subject line but shows it as a hex
    value. Still the same .eml text file. Just a little harder tofind particular
    mail. (which I have already sorted out that and made it easy to read).

    If it were for the corruption problem in the dbx files, they would have been
    a bit more secure than the current model.

    So saying Identities was probably the reason isn't even close.


    "Frankster" <Frank@SPAM2TRASH.com> wrote in message
    news:rsGdnW_Dlp5zHXDYnZ2dnUVZ_silnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >> Note, however, that in such a circumstance, the other users can access
    >> each others' messages via Windows > Explorer, so there is no security /
    >> privacy. That can only be achieved by different user logons.

    >
    > Exactly. Which is probably why MS eliminated "Identities" to begin with.
    > False sense of security that never did exist.
    >
    > -Frank



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  9. #9


    Frankster Guest

    Re: WMIDs -- Windows Mail Identies -- New program to replace the OE Identities feature removed from Windows Mail

    You miss the point. MS did not even try to make separate mail accounts
    secure from the the [person - singular] on that logon. Therefore there is no
    reason to try to protect the db files from the logged on user. If you want
    security, create another logon WITHOUT Administrator privileges, just like
    the rest of the security minded computer community does. Including other OSs
    like Unix.

    -Frank

    "DGuess" <majik@mindspring.oops> wrote in message
    news:91A7A59C-7A66-4890-B22C-8A763B3023DF@microsoft.com...
    > The answers I got were they wanted one message store location, a changed
    > message store database and should users want separate Identities, use a
    > Windows log on account to separate them.
    >
    > The current message stores are even less secure than before. Each message
    > is stored individually as a .eml text file where before it was stored in
    > one file in 512kb parts all over the file. To get to those messages, the
    > user had to import them into OE where as now, they can just open them and
    > with the subject line showing in Vista's Explorer, it's even easier to see
    > which message is which unlike the way it is with XP and Windows Live Mail
    > desktop, Explorer currently doesn't show the subject line but shows it as
    > a hex value. Still the same .eml text file. Just a little harder tofind
    > particular mail. (which I have already sorted out that and made it easy to
    > read).
    >
    > If it were for the corruption problem in the dbx files, they would have
    > been a bit more secure than the current model.
    >
    > So saying Identities was probably the reason isn't even close.
    >
    >
    > "Frankster" <Frank@SPAM2TRASH.com> wrote in message
    > news:rsGdnW_Dlp5zHXDYnZ2dnUVZ_silnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >>> Note, however, that in such a circumstance, the other users can access
    >>> each others' messages via Windows > Explorer, so there is no security /
    >>> privacy. That can only be achieved by different user logons.

    >>
    >> Exactly. Which is probably why MS eliminated "Identities" to begin with.
    >> False sense of security that never did exist.
    >>
    >> -Frank

    >



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  10. #10


    Gary VanderMolen Guest

    Re: WMIDs -- Windows Mail Identies -- New program to replace the OE Identities feature removed from Windows Mail

    "Frankster" <Frank@SPAM2TRASH.com> wrote in message news:rsGdnW_Dlp5zHXDYnZ2dnUVZ_silnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >> Note, however, that in such a circumstance, the other users can access
    >> each others' messages via Windows > Explorer, so there is no security /
    >> privacy. That can only be achieved by different user logons.

    >
    > Exactly. Which is probably why MS eliminated "Identities" to begin with.
    > False sense of security that never did exist.



    Except that the average user is not all that handy with Windows Explorer,
    and probably wouldn't know where to start looking for the messages.

    --
    Gary VanderMolen


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