Getting Bored With Thunderbird

I’ve been using Thunderbird as my primary Email program at work for the past 5 years and it’s been annoying me as of late.  There have been a handful of tasks I was looking to accomplish, namely archiving which is becoming a pain in the ass.  Sure, some of it is my fault, but isn’t it the job of great software developers to create quality solutions to consumer mess ups?

Oddly enough I can’t even find a usable plugin or Mozilla Add On that allows me to easily archive all my messages.  And trust me, at over 3200, the time for archiving has came and went, I have no choice.  Searching through all of those emails is an exercise in futility, especially considering most searches are using similar search texts and it’s only their recency that’s important.  Perhaps if I had a higher powered computer this wouldn’t have become an issue, but it is.

thunderbirdSo I’ve taken the step most Thunderbird users have when wanting to archive emails, I’ve created folders and began manually dragging and dropping.  Or, specifically I’ve been highlighting and right clicking and selecting to move my messages to their respective manually created folders.  However, this just doesn’t feel like a valid way to archive, since the messages are still held within the email program.  There needs to be a method for archiving in the sense that they are removed from the Thunderbird’s tentacles and easily zipped up and stored nicely away on my 60gb hard drive shelf. (yes, small hard drive at work. -cldnails)

I’m manually archiving now and storing years into folders, hoping to speed up the software and more importantly Thunderbird search.  Unfortunately I may have to archive manually even further by creating monthly archive folders, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed it won’t come to that.  But even worse, if this doesn’t adequately improve my Thunderbird experience it may be time to go back to Outlook and it’s automatic archiving features.  Gasp!

ATT/Yahoo Sending Email Error

Where I work I’m the self proclaimed server administrator and most of the time it’s an ‘Easy Breezy Cover Girl’ hat to wear. Unfortunately, over the weekend ATT.net and Yahoo.com changed their outgoing server settings and requirements. Incidentally, this required updating and patching Outlook and changing everyone’s email smtp outgoing server settings.

No big deal, but would have been nice to know up front and more in depth explanations of what needed to be changed. So, I intend to cover what I did to get our office emal back up to snuff in both Outlook Express and Mozilla Thunderbird. My situation is based on having a basic business DSL and email account with ATT.Yahoo.com.

The first problem I had was that any computer other than the confirmed computer with the Att.net address was unable to send email. After a quick search I found that there were some settings that needed to be changed in our Email clients.

  • Set outgoing server to use a secure connection(SSL).
  • Change Port used to 465

No biggie, unfortunately this didn’t fix my problem, since my computer was not the original that verified it’s account with ATT. While researching further I found that the computer confirmed with ATT quit being able to send emails. Keep in mind we were still able to receive without any issues, sending was the only function of our email which was giving errors. Once tracked down I found that the employee was using an outdated version of Outlook, which was a partial culprit.

Outlook 2002 required a patch to be compatible with SSL connections. A quick trip to Microsoft.com and updating the program fixed the issue, obviously after adjusting the outgoing server settings. Mozilla Thunderbird comes ready to roll with the latest abilities to use SSL connections, so no update was necessary.

After getting Outlook patched and outgoing server settings changed I needed to setup separate email accounts with Yahoo mail, to allow for other computers to send email, other than the original authorized account. Through the email options section in Yahoo email I was able to add an account for myself, which they authorized all outgoing mail and no further problems were found.

Please, Yahoo, next time you do this send out a notification with detailed instructions for common fixes such as this. My Monday would have been so much nicer..

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Slopsbox.com And Butterfly Marketing

More often than not curiosity gets the best of me, just like my kitty Halo, but I hate giving up any personal information to potential spammers. The ugly truth to Butterfly Marketing is that they will use and abuse your email for sending you time sensitive offers. I’m not interested in that. I want to know the meats and potatoes, methods used, how to compete, and just generally find out what’s going on in my niche of choice.

The use of Slopsbox.com allows me to give up an email and check said inbox for a period of up to 24hrs. I can set any email address I want, like dontripmeoff@slopsbox.com or interwebsFTW@slopsbox.com and both will work and receive emails, less attachments. Now, I can sign up to questionable marketing sites, find out what they have to offer and leave without ever having to receive another annoying piece of failed marketing.

Thank you Pirate Bay for another useful tool in my arsenal.