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7:49am on Monday, 7th December, 2009:

No, Forever


Every time I switch on my PC, I get this message appear:

So let's see, either I compact the messages to free up disc space I don't actually need to free up, or Outlook is going to punish me every time I log in until I do.

I already compact my deleted items folder, as a result of persistent messages telling me I could compact my deleted items folder. These would pop up while I was playing games, forcing the screen to minimise just so I could tell Outlook to eat fiery death. Eventually, one of the commands I typed into a game was picked up by Outlook and interpreted as meaning, "yes"; as a result, every time I access my deleted items folder (for example, to delete half of it permanently) I'm looking at a 20-second delay while it decompacts it.

So no, Outlook, I don't want you to do this to my folders. I don't even want you to ask to do it. I particularly don't want my computer's boot ing up process to sit around on hold waiting for me to tell you I don't want you to do it.

Why isn't there a "no, forever" button in that box?

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