I’m thinking of subscribing to zip.ca, the Canadian DVD-by-mail company. I’ve browsed their catalogue, and they have some good things. But they’re not very clueful with computer security — they just sent my trial password in plain text back to me over e-mail.
importing mail from Mozilla Thunderbird on Linux to Mac
How lucky that Thunderbird uses the same text mail format for storing messages. All I needed to do was scp individual server directories from under .thunderbird to ~/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/saltname.default/Mail — that did the job!
I didn’t use the shared global inbox that Thunderbird uses by default. If you do what I did, you probably shouldn’t either.
my lappy is not well
My ThinkPad T21 is dying. Well, its processor and interfaces are fine, but its backlight is erratic, the battery lasts about 20 minutes, and the case is badly cracked. Because it takes so long for the screen to come on, it’s almost no use as a portable computer.
It’s a shame; it has been a nice machine. I’d prefer not to have to buy a new machine — it’s a toss-up between another used ThinkPad, or a new iBook — but this gets me very frustrated. Catherine has been complaining about how tetchy I am about it.
I’ve probably been very bad at responding to e-mail over the last few weeks because of this. Apologies.
peut Ãªtre ouvert d’office, peut Ãªtre?
I saw this on an envelope the other day. What can it mean?
To me, it clearly means “May be inspected only by two-dimensional officials with the Eye of Horus wearing a cap at 30° bearing insignia of an upturned army helmet with a lion rampant and a blancmange.”
Oh, and this is my first post with SVG graphics. Yay!
Which part of … do you not understand?
Yay Canada Post, for bending my hard-earned BCS charter certificate out of shape.
Jings, fast photo!
My Future Photo just arrived. I didn’t know that Canada Post could move so quickly. The quality’s great, too.
Restoring mozilla mail local folders
Ever since Mozilla Mail Went Nuts, I haven’t had a Local Folders account to store general and unsent messages. It seems that Mozilla got all its mail server IDs in a fankle, and needed some help to find its way again. Here’s how I fixed it:
- Enter Mozilla’s configuration editor from the URL about:config
- Find the highest mail.server.serverN entry. For me, this was mail.server.server4, so I chose server5 for my Local Folders. Yours may be different.
- Work out where your local folders are. It would be in a directory like
/home/user/.mozilla/default/hfwi7xsc.slt/Mail/Local Folders. Yours will be different.
- Create the following values (right click, select New, then String):
- mail.server.server5.directory set to /home/user/.mozilla/default/hfwi7xsc.slt/Mail/Local Folders
- mail.server.server5.hostname set to Local Folders
- mail.server.server5.name set to Local Folders
- mail.accountmanager.localfoldersserver set to server5
- Exit and restart Mozilla.
When you next open up Mail, you’ll find your Local Folders are back.
Ah, Saw Player News was in the mailbox. It’s a good day to be weird.
I got two packages yesterday. Both were posted on 16th December.
The first package was sent by my friend Jeff from Bedfordshire in the UK. That’s about 5600 km away.
The second was send (by Canada Post Xpresspost) from a store in Toronto. It’s about 9 km from here.
Assuming the same pickup and drop-off times, the package from the UK averaged a useful 77 km/h. The Canadian package did a woeful 0.125 km/h.
It also doesn’t help that Canada Post flat-out lied about their delivery time of the local package. If you go to their tracking site, they claim it was delivered on 17th December. It really got here on the 19th.