Re: Multiple Profiles?
- Thanks, Rich.
Some good suggestions here. But just to clarify something first. There are no other users (as in real human beings) who use my system. It's only me. But what I was after was a locked-down user profile that's only used for contesting. Normally, my PC operates under my primary account, which has full administrator privileges. I do have a secondary account I use for testing, but nothing else. I *had* wanted to create a third account for contesting only, with nothing accessible except N1MM, VE7CC and Router. No browsers, nothing else...and locked down so I would need to log off in order to install them. That would stop me when I get the email jitters <g>.
I like the idea of multiple .ini files for the laptop, though. That machine is generally used twice a year. Field Day and CQWW-CW, and each requires a completely separate profile.
--- In N1MMLogger@yahoogroups.com, "rich_ve3ki" <ve3ki@...> wrote:
> Hi Peter,
> I don't think there is a single simple process that covers everything at once, but I can suggest some of the major components.
> First, as far as I am aware, you should only have one installation of the program. In recent versions of Windows, it should be in a folder that is outside the Windows program folder paths; I put all of my amateur radio programs in C:\hamradio\, for example. All of your users will have access to this folder, but you should be able to set things up in such a way that they never need to access that folder directly (stopping them from deliberately or inadvertently causing mischief is a different story, but first things first).
> Next, separate call signs. The station information is stored in the database, so you would set up a separate database (or databases) for each call sign. The databases can be located anywhere in your computer's file system, so for example, each user's databases could be located in a folder inside their personal My Documents folder.
> How does the program know where to find the database? The database path is stored in the .ini file. You can supply each user with a desktop icon that calls up the program with a user-specific ini file. This is explained in a text box in the on-line help, on the Configurer page, called "Multiple ini files". As with the databases, each user's ini file could be located in that user's personal file area.
> There are other files you might want to personalize for each user as well. In particular, you would probably want to personalize the function key .mc files. These are normally called up under the Associated Files tab in the contest setup. If a user only enters certain specific contests each year, you could create an instance (empty log, back-dated perhaps) for each of those contests in that user's database, create localised .mc files for that user in that contest, stored in that user's file area, and call up those .mc files in the contest instance. The next time an instance of that contest is created within the same database, it will automatically call up the same .mc files that were linked to in the previous instance of that contest within that database.
> Other user-specific files, such as call history files, are not called up in the same way as function key files, but you could easily enough store user-specific versions in each user's file area and import them into that user's database. Exported files such as Cabrillo and ADIF files can also be stored in each user's file area, but you might have to give each user instructions on how to select the appropriate folder in the File Open dialog window.
> In addition to the desktop icons for each user, you could also personalize the Start menu shortcuts. To do this, you would remove the N1MM Logger shortcuts folder from the "all users" start menu area (e.g. C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\) and make copies in each of the user's personalized start menu area (e.g. C:\Users\UserA\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\). You would add a pointer to that user's .ini file to each user's program shortcut in the same way as for the desktop shortcuts.
> I don't know that this is a complete solution, but it might get you a good part of the way there.
> Rich VE3KI
> --- In N1MMLogger@yahoogroups.com, "W2IRT" <lists@> wrote:
> > Hi all,I've just rebuilt my portable contesting laptop and I have a
> > couple of questions.
> > This particular machine is only used when operating portable with my
> > IC-7000; so basically it's for traveling and field day and not a lot of
> > anything else in between. The problem is that I operate CQWW-CW most
> > years with this machine in Canada (with all the different details for my
> > Canadian callsign, etc), while FD is usually from home with my US call.
> > I've also used this while portable in C6.
> > There are two different things I'd like to address. First, is there any
> > way to have two distinct, separate profiles; one for my VE call, the
> > other for my W2 call. Each with its own settings, configurations,
> > desktop items, etc. If so, how can I go about invoking it?
> > Next, and perhaps more important, is there a provision to allow separate
> > users (as in different login usernames) to have their own profile or own
> > "version" of N1MM? I'd really like to have a heavily locked down
> > user-level account that has a fully functional version of N1MM along
> > with the version in my standard admin-level account. In fact, I'd like
> > to create a user account on a Win7 box that has nothing but N1MM to
> > prevent the temptation to get distracted during the majors; something
> > I'm guilty of far too often when things get slow, I'm ashamed to say.
> > Thanks in advance.
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