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Saturday 26th January 2013

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Application Launcher, Blog2k, Keep Track and NoteBook now Half Price!

It's taken me a while to begin my January sale, but here it is - Application Launcher, Blog2k, Keep Track and NoteBook are now only $3.99 (USD) (down from $8.00). This is more than just a sale, however, as I intend to keep these prices for the foreseeable future.

For those of you who made a purchase in the last week, I'm willing to refund you $4.00 if you contact me by 31st January.

Thunderbird Filter Problem

For those who are interested, I have submitted a bug report to Bugzilla due to a problem with the filters I have set up, which for reasons that I cannot fathom, don't work. Click the link above for full details of the problem. Whether it is actually a bug or not remains to be seen...

I might submit a suggestion about the line wrapping too.

 

Wednesday 9th January 2013

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Thunderbird Line Wrapping

If anyone knows how to prevent lines in plain text e-mails from being wrapped, please let me know!

Wrapped Lines
Wrapped Lines

In Outlook, it used to be possible to toggle this just above the preview pane.

 

Saturday 5th January 2013

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Thunderbird Is Go

So I've finally settled on an e-mail client since making the move to IMAP (over POP3), which is Mozilla Thunderbird, current version 17.0. For me, it offers the best set of features that I require from an e-mail client. I was considering getting Outlook 2010, but the cost is unjustifiably high.

The reason that I abandoned Windows Live Mail (WLM), is due to its inability to use rules that work with IMAP accounts. Although I don't use them that extensively, it is still nice to be able to have some automation when it comes to sorting messages into different folders. Another reason is that because Windows Live Messenger is being decommissioned at some point this year (in favour of Skype, to which users are being migrated to), I didn't want to risk anything happening to my contacts, that were held with Microsoft. Who is to say whether they'll get deleted along with my Messenger contacts? I suspect that won't happen, but didn't want to risk it.
Contacts
I still had the CSV file that I exported from Outlook 2007 for use with WLM, so I used this to import my contacts into Thunderbird. Thunderbird does support importing from a number of different sources. Importing from a CSV can be fiddly; the screenshot below shows the import window without any fields, but clicking the Move Up and Move Down buttons moves the fields in the first column up and down rather than the second, which I found confusing at times. It would be better to be able to select the relevant field instead of moving fields up and down, which can mean they easily get out of sync.

Thunderbird: Import Address Book
Thunderbird: Import Address Book

Nevertheless, I was successfully able to import them all. I did have to go into each record afterwards to ensure that everthing was as it should be e.g. the Display Names are set properly, etc.
Backing Up
As the address book is no longer in the cloud, it is no up to me to backup. However that is quite straightforward as all Thunderbird data is kept in just two folders, which are (in Windows Vista): C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Thunderbird\Profiles and C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird.
Signatures
On its own, Thunderbird supports only one signature per account. As I have 54 of them, I needed a better option. This is where the excellent extension Quicktext (version 0.9.11.5) comes in as it enables me to import text from files directly into my messages. The fact that you can add extensions to Thunderbird, is another great thing about it. Therefore, my folder of signatures is another thing to backup.
Folders
As with WLM, Thunderbird allows you to specify which folders are 'special' e.g. Sent, Drafts, Trash, etc.

Overall, Thunderbird suits me very well due to its full-featured and easy-to-use interface. The only complaint I have is that when you click on a folder, focus doesn't switch to the list of messages as it did with Outlook. I haven't yet tried to add my Hotmail account (mainly as I rarely use it), but I understand that Thunderbird supports this. At work, we use Exchange mailboxes, so at least I'll be able to add this, if necessary, using IMAP.

Some Stats

I've been working on the backlog of martin2k messages and currently have 417 remaining from May 2011. Fortunately Thunderbird makes processing them easy especially as I can import frequently used text with Quicktext.

Blog2k

On the 1st January, I officially released Blog2k. The website has also been completed - hopefully it 'sells' the program. To begin the 'marketing campaign', I have submitted it to Download.com and it is due to be released on Monday 7th January. I'll need to submit it to other sites too as soon as I can. I really hope that I am able to sell at least one copy as I know people will find it useful (I'm using it right now in fact!).

 

Tuesday 1st January 2013

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all visitors. I hope that you've recovered from last night and that you have a properous 2013. This will be martin2k's 14th year. Perhaps next year, we can celebrate 15 years. At the 10 year mark, the celebrations didn't really take off so we'll have to make up for it somehow in 2014.

eBay Listing Problems

Today is the last opportunity to list items for free on eBay (until they do the free listing promotion again, probably in about two weeks time). I therefore thought that it would be a good opportunity to list my iPhone 3G, which I stopped using when I got my iPhone 5.

Unfortunately as you have to include the item on the eBay catalogue, this caused me big problems as eBay kept crashing:

eBay error
eBay error

Another eBay error
Another eBay error

Having tried to fill in the selling form 3 times, I gave up and e-mailed eBay who gave me the following advice:

Hello Martin,

Thank you for contacting the eBay Catalog Support.

Please note that listing using a product template in the selected category is mandatory per eBay policy.

According the provided details we have a corresponding product on the site. Please refer to the following link:

http://search.reviews.ebay.co.uk/?fts=2&satitle=iphone+3g&ucat=6211&ufm=1&ugat=2&uqt=r

Once you enter the exact product page, you should navigate to the "Sell one like this" button in order to start creating your listing.

If you still experience any troubles with finding a corresponding product, please provide us with more details about your item:

- MPN (Manufacturer's product number) - example - "MB046B/A"
- Barcode Number (UPC/EAN) - Usually consists of 12 or 13 digits
- Mobile carrier
- Capacity
- Exterior color
- Internet link or some visual verification
- Any other information you consider relevant

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best Regards,

Martin Yankov
Catalog Support
Therefore it seems that if you are having problems listing when the eBay catalogue is compulsory, finding the product and then clicking 'Sell one like this' is the answer.

iPhone 3G

Speaking of the iPhone, this was the phone I used before I got my iPhone 5. I bought it second-hand from my sister and it was locked to Orange. As I am on O2, I had to jailbreak and unlock it so that it would work on the O2 network.

This was fine and I was able to use it without any problems. In fact, as a jailbroken phone, it is possible to customise it in ways that aren't otherwise possible. However, when it came to trying to get it ready to sell I was unable to get the jailbreak removed. iTunes comes up with error 1015 when trying to restore. Therefore I have listed it on eBay as a jailbroken phone. It is listed at a starting price of 25 as this is what I can get for it at a mobile recycling company. It's on for 10 days so I'll have to see how it goes...

Mozilla Thunderbird

I have abandoned Windows Live Mail completely now and am now using Mozilla Thunderbird. More about that tomorrow...


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