Category Archives: Applications

ImportExport Tools: A Thunderbird essential

Remember my last post about how Thunderbird didn’t have a proper import/export function? Since then I discovered, installed and used ImportExport Tools to allow me to import Mbox-formatted mail archives into my main Thunderbird installation.

I was able to easily bring all the messages from my Windows Thunderbird install into my OpenBSD Thunderbird, and now all of my e-mail is in one place.

The reason for this was switching over from IMAP to POP because I was (and am)  not comfortable leaving my mail on the server and want to have it all on my local drive (and backed up to CDs/DVDs).

To consolidate my two Thunderbird archives into one, I took the whole local directory from one, burned it to a CD, moved it to the other PC and then used ImportExport Tools to bring the folders into my current Thunderbird local directory one by one. Once I had the new folders in my new Thunderbird install, I then distributed the messages to the appropriate folders and deleted the temporary folders I created to hold the transferred mail.

I continue to think that this import-export function should be done wholly in Thunderbird with Mozilla-maintained code, but having an add-on that works is better than nothing at all.

Using IMAP, as I did for a few years, allows for quite a bit of flexibility, since the mail stays on the server and I can use any number of clients to access it from any number of machines.

To give me some added flexibility now that I’m POP-ping the mail down to one computer, I have Thunderbird configured to keep the last 10 days’ worth of mail on the server so I can use my mail service’s Web interface at any time to see all the mail in the past 10 days.

The one problem with this 10-day solution is that any e-mail I write in Thunderbird goes into the Sent file on my local machine and is never on the server. To get around this, if I write an e-mail that I’d like to have access to via the Web address, I BCC it to myself so it goes on the server as well.

I do the same thing if I write an e-mail in the Web interface, copying myself so I have it both on the server and in my local directory.

Before I close, I should say that I chose Thunderbird as my mail client because I’d been using it for a few years (and was comfortable with it) and because it’s a cross-platform app that runs in Windows, Linux, Mac OS and every BSD. I really like any app I can easily get in every OS I run (or might run).

Thunderbird flies in the face of reason

Today in Click, I rant about the Thunderbird e-mail client, which is only too happy to import your e-mail from another application but isn’t quite so free and friendly when it comes to exporting that mail out of the Mozilla-based program.

The pages might not have loaded as quickly …

But Blogger Beta will play with Internet Explorer 5 for Mac. And as I wrote previously, since you can’t code HTML automatically as you can with IE 6 and Firefox, It’s almost as easy to send e-mail posts.

One thing you can do, even in IE 5, is select and create post labels. Does it do bold? I will find out.

This Old Browser

There doesn’t really need to be This Old Browser, because I cover these issues in This Old Mac and This Old PC. But since the subject at hand is … old browsers, I felt it appropriate to begin a blog about old software on a platform built with new … software, namely Blogger Beta.

Since I can actually use the old, non-beta Blogger Dashboard on IE 5 for Macintosh (the most up-do-date, stable browser for System 7.6.1), I didn’t want to move my four Blogger blogs over to the Beta until I knew more about compatibility with a) This Old Browser (namely IE 5) and whether the e-mail-to-Blogger bridge was not an unholy mess — which it has been in the old Blogger. When I do e-mail in a post (one of the great things about Blogger … when it worked), some just disappear, most bounce back, some appear a day or more later.

And as I’ve said before, there are some nice improvements in the Blogger Beta, but nothing that compells me to make the switch. Eventually it’ll be mandatory, but until then I won’t move anything until I’m somewhat sure that I won’t be screwing myself (and getting screwed by Google) prematurely. You can put “labels” on the posts, which I’m trying to do here. That’s one of the biggies that Blogger has been missing.

That said, it’s nice that Blogger is a free service, and I can see in a somewhat roundabout way how Google could be making money from it, but it’s way more roundabout than explicit in its profit potential.

That said, I’ve used Blogger quite a bit over the past couple of years,