I'm switching to Outlook Express as a news reader after
years of using Agent. It's working pretty well, but I
need advice on how to make a couple of things work the
way I prefer.
First, how can I make it download new message headers
only when I tell it to, and NOT download them
automatically when I select a news group?
Second, why does marking all messages in all news groups
as "read" take such a very, very, very long time? I am
subscribed to about eight news groups, none of them
extremely active; I timed this operation at 1 minute and
55 seconds! With Agent it took about 2 seconds. I need to
figure out how to speed up.
I found that the operation goes much faster if I select
each newsgroup in turn and mark it "read" individually.
Ironically I'm switching to Outlook Express because it
works better with speech recognition software, since I
have carpal tunnel syndrome and can no longer use the
keyboard or mouse extensively. Thus marking each
newsgroup individually instead of marking them all at
once is a type of accommodation I cannot well afford to