Thunderbird 1.5

A while ago I wrote about the ProfileManager application created by J. Griffion. This application provided a new UI to managing profiles in Firefox, but it can also do so in Thunderbird. The trick is it needs to be setup as a separate application/short-cut and passing Thunderbird as an argument.  On my Windows 7 system I have the following short-cuts: “C:\Program Files (x86)\profilemanager\profilemanager.exe” – This launches the ProfileManager  for Firefox which is default. “C:\Program Files (x86)\profilemanager\profilemanager.exe” thunderbird – This launches the ProfileManager for Thunderbird So now I am able to run multiple versions of Thunderbird at once on different profiles….

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A while back some of my family switched their ISP from Qwest to Cox. I had recently sent an email directly to one family member and they had replied back that it went to their old ISP’s email at qwest.net. I was a bit baffled that the address was still active as it had been several months since they have switched. A bounce-back would very much welcomed here. Even more baffling though was I knew I had removed their old address and put their new address in my Thunderbird address book. I just went to send them another message and…

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There are times depending on what is running in the background and other Internet activity that Thunderbird (or Firefox) may get bogged down and a JavaScript may take a little longer than normal to complete. Users will get a warning similar to the one below advising that the script is unresponsive. The reason for this is because the application thinks the script is running wild and never going to finish processing thus causing the application to freeze and/or crash. This is very similar to Windows Task Manager warning you that an application is not responding, but the application is just…

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Got an email from a family member in regards to their Thunderbird. They switched ISP and email providers and when their email account was setup in Thunderbird, it had its own folder structure. My first thought was the account had been setup as IMAP, but I checked on the provider’s website determined they didn’t support IMAP. I thought may be this was they way Thunderbird 3 handled POP accounts. Wouldn’t really know since I use IMAP exclusively. After a little hunting I discovered you can still have Thunderbird to deliver all the messages in your POP accounts to the Global Inbox…

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InfoLister

Note: Republishing from The FF Extension Guru’s Blog One of the neat features of Thunderbird is the ability to customize the client with Extensions, Themes and Plug-Ins. But sometimes there are problems a theme does something funky to your browser. Or may be an extension goes haywire and gets corrupted. There are so many possibilities of what could be the problem. If you have a lot of extensions installed, it is hassle to list them all. Whenever anyone posts on Go Firefox! a more advanced problem they are having the first thing I recommend they do is install the InfoLister…

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For the past few months I’ve been following Thunderbird Bug 227305: Support drag-drop messages to desktop / file-system window (e.g. Explorer). Unlike MS Outlook, Thunderbird currently does not allow you to save an email message by dragging it to your desktop.  Not quite sure of the circumstances as to how I became aware of and started tracking this bug, likely a contact-us or a forum posting. This bug was filed back in December 2003 with Thunderbird 0.1 and for the most part over the past 5-years has laid dormant. There have been occasional comments/votes in BugZilla but not much else….

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Thunderbird Major Update Update

I mentioned earlier in the Weekly Update 2007-08-06 post that there is going to a major update to take TBird users from the 1.5.0.12 to the  2.0.0.6 build. I got to thinking about this and something didn’t make sense.  If the Major Update feature is still being tested, how could it be included with TBird 1.5.0.12? I am guessing they meant to say TBird 1.5.0.13, which is in the works. Fx 1.5.0.12 included the Major Update feature, so may be that is where they got 1.5.0.12 from.

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Thunderbird 2.0.0.6 Released

Mozilla has just released Thunderbird 2.0.0.6, an update which fixes two security issues, which are detailed in the Thunderbird 2.0.0.6 section of the Mozilla Foundation Security Advisories page. For more details see the Thunderbird 2.0.0.6 Release Notes. For those of you still using TBird 1.5 builds, TBird 1.5.0.13 should be released shortly. Source: mozillaZine

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In the Installing Add-ons in TBird entry, I put together a very comprehensive step-by-step list to install add-ons. All along I was think ‘there has to be a simpler way to do this.’  Well, there is according to this comment from CHR: As far as I know, one could still drag & drop the extension from firefox to the thunderbird add-ons manager window to install the extensions right away. Okay it cain’t be that simple, can it? Well I decided I would test this out and install Lightning (which I am still having trouble saving events/to-do tasks) via this method….

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Currently, Thunderbird does not have the automatic XPI installs like Firefox does for add-ons. This presents a problem to many Thunderbird users who have grown accustom to the simple install process in Firefox. Clicking the Install Now button/link will cause Firefox to attempt to install the add-on in itself. This is not a good thing, especially if the add-on is not designed for Firefox. I have been hearing that the future (late 2007/early 2008) Thunderbird 3 is going to make installing add-ons simpler. Until then you will need to follow a few steps. These steps may seem a bit complicated…

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