Have you ever forgotten the email address of
someone, or just wanted to find if someone has a valid email
address? FerretSoft have released a program that can quickly
search public access servers and list the email addresses of
people you wish to locate. The program, Mail Ferret installs very
easily, and is almost self configuring, all you need to do is
un-check any servers you do not wish the program to use, and if
you use HTTP proxy servers, enter the name. You can elect to save
searches via radio buttons in the options section if you wish, I
think the default is to save all searches.
To start a search on the initial screen, name tab, you put in the persons Surname and Christian names. On the second screen, location tab, you can enter the geographical location of the world you wish to search and if you have any part of the persons email address, such as the domain name you can also enter that here as well. The next step is click on search. In use the program is reasonably fast, and accurate. I managed to find several email addresses for a friend of mine until I narrowed the search slightly and it then came up with only the current address.
This program will probably not be used that often, but as it's not a very large application I feel it's well worth while having it installed. It does what it's designed to do very well, and is extremely easy to use, even for a beginner. If you have a MAPI compliant mail program, Mail Ferret can add the results of a search directly into the address book. You can start it either from a desktop icon or from the find menu off the start button, and as with all Ferret programs there is a very good help file included.