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HowTo : Portabilty

Portability feature is the newest feature of Newzie coming with the version 0.99.9. It is such a feature that enables you to run your same Newzie environment at different machines by keeping it on a medium that you can carry along and run it from there, such as USB flash drives.

In this short tutorial, we like to point out couple of points that you need to consider and should be aware of while using this feature. Let's start.

Why previous versions of Newzie is not portable?

Previously, Newzie kept some of the variables on the Registry Table of your computer. These variables are mostly your preferences settings but also related to databases. So even though copying previous versions of Newzie to another place and run it from there looked 'OK' for a while, adding new subscriptions later on would corrupt the database and halt Newzie eventually. Starting with the version 0.99.9, Newzie keeps all environment inside the files which are under the installation path. Saving all environment into the files prevents any loss of data.

How to make my Newzie *mobile*

Here is a simple step-by-step explanation:

1) Install your Newzie
2) Go to the installation path, which is by default 'C:\Program Files\Newzie'.
3) What you need is to copy this folder all together to any place on your computer or onto another external drive. Do not *move* installation folder to another place because if you do that, it corrupts the uninstallment process and you will not be able to uninstall Newzie when you want to.
4) After copying that folder, get into that folder and run Newzie.exe. You will see an exact copy of the environment you have.
5) When you finish using it, you can simply delete the folder you copied.
Note that since each copied instance of Newzie is independent from each other, changing anything in one instance will not affect the other.

Speed

When you place Newzie onto a medium such as USB flash drive, you may feel that Newzie is not as fast as it operates on your computer's harddrive. Because your harddisk on your computer is much faster than your external drive, when speed of read/write operations onto disk are considered. Hence it takes a little bit more time to read your saved data and to write newly retrieved content on the flash drive. Speed related issues can be;

  • Slow start-up
  • Slow loading of post listing for a subscription
  • The key thing to improve the performance of Newzie is to reduce the number of read/write operations as much as possible by excluding unnecessary read/write operations so that it does not spend time with reading and writing. We will be working on this issue continuously for upcoming releases.

    Available space on the drive

    One of the important points to be checked continuously is the left space on the medium that you keep Newzie. If there is no space left on the drive, Newzie cannot write newly retrieved content and may result in corrupted system.

    Different Operating Systems

    When Newzie becomes mobile with your external drive, you may want to run it with any computer you come across. Keep in mind that Newzie only works on the Windows machines, but unfortunately not on all versions of Windows. We know that Newzie works with Windows 2000, XP and Vista systems. However in case of Windows 2000, you may see errors for absent DLL(s). If you experience any, make sure that you have latest updates for your system.



    We will continously update this tutorial and provide more complete description of how to make use of portability feature and what you need to consider and be aware of. If you do have any question regarding this topic, please feel free to share with us so that we can improve this feature based on your experience and make it more useful for you. [ Send Your Feedback Now ]




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