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    User-to-user email on same PC (XP Home) (2000 SR1a)

    Out PC is shared by the family. Each user is set up independently, with one or more, external email accounts. This works fine, especially with XP allowing the dial up connection to survive users logging on/off.

    However, sometimes it would be handy to exchange email with each other, eg to remind others when I've enhanced system functionality <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> , without the need for a dial up connection.

    The options I've considered are to somehow use shared calendars/tasks(/contacts), or to set up MS Mail. Neither strikes me as particularly elegant. The share option would probably end up too messy or awkward and thus unused. Using MS Mail seems to fall in to the "sledge hammer to crack a walnut" class. Also I'm unsure that either would survive simultaneously logged on users (courtesy of fast switching).

    I've searched the XP, Outlook, and Servers forums, but couldn't find anything to help.

    I hope I've overlooked something obvious and look forward to your ideas. That is, apart from the current solution involving 3M.
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    Re: User-to-user email on same PC (XP Home) (2000 SR1a)

    I can't think of any great solutions. But you could create a pst file in some location that is available to all users and add it to each profile. As a secondary pst it will not support alarms, etc. But this may be the only (hanse, best) option.

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    Re: User-to-user email on same PC (XP Home) (2000 SR1a)

    You could install a "mini" mail server on your PC, but it would add some overhead. There are a couple threads on the Servers board that talk about inexpensive POP3 servers, and all of these also could be SMTP servers (they could handle the sending part while you are offline). The configuration for doing this on your own computer could be complicated; it might be easier to have it be on a second computer, if you could swing it.

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    Re: User-to-user email on same PC (XP Home) (2000 SR1a)

    Personally - given that most text messages are so small, I have no difficulty sending to their internet provider address and taking the send/receive dial-up hit.
    For a typical message total time is likely to be 5-20 seconds and not break the bank. I connect regularly to receive mail from others - the overhead of also communicating with a family member is negligible.

    To avoid the dial-up step it rather depends on whether you are prepared to share pst's
    If you are - you could link to the psts and drag and drop from drafts to target use pst - it is not necessary to use 'send'.

    By the way - you are correct - a pst cannot be shared across a fast-switching connection as the first user has exclusive access - jusrt another reason why sending via their ISP may be the neatest option <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: User-to-user email on same PC (XP Home) (2000 SR1a)

    Thanks for making the suggestions <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>. As expected, no major revelations, but at least I know I haven't missed anything obvious <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>.

    I've set up a shared PST, with individual mail folders for each user. A bit crude, effective, easy, and reasonably robust. The real mail, via ISP, remains an option for private (in a famly? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>) communiques.

    The mini mail server is probably the correct solution, but I'll chase that one when/if our single PC evolves to a network.

    The dial-up hits in Oz are on a per call, not duration, basis, so they can mount up. Very obvious when new software is installed, with multiple reboots and dial-up connections to find out how it really works, rather than what the documentation tells you.
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