Test-driving ecto Trial

Thursday, May 18, 2006, 9:12 pm

Diane Kruger

Blogging is fun but when you have too many blogs to blog to it can quickly become a daunting chore. So today in attempt to simplify my life a little I decided to give ecto a try. This post is that try and everything looks good so far. Image insertion (via iPhoto) is easy and it even lets you resize the image before you post. It even has an Amazon plugin feature so I can sell Dan Brown’s the Da Vinci Code: Special Illustrated Edition with just a few clicks. Well let’s give this a try, I’m hitting the publish button now.

Switching from Thunderbird to Mac Mail.app

Wednesday, December 7, 2005, 11:16 am

Thunderbird is nice and fast but it has a dirty non-standard way of storing emails. For example when you delete emails they would disappear but they’re still there until you compact your folders. I was dragging an email to a folder last night and something weird happened. The folder disappeared. I looked all over and finally found it within a subfolder of another folder. Apple click and drag glitch? Not likely. When I moved the folder back all the emails in it disappeared. I freaked out for a minute but then I learned that the physical file the folder is stored in is still intact.

You see Thunderbird stores its folders in three files:

  • folder.sbd
  • folder.msf
  • folder – extension-less

So to recover the lost contents of that folder (it’s a special folder) I deleted the file with the .msf extension, which apparently was some kind of index for the extension-less mailbox file. When I reloaded Thunderbird it reindexed the lost folder and restored the contents.

Sometimes desperation brings out the genius in us.

Still though, Thunderbird’s way of storing emails is quite redundant in my books. Why have three files if all your emails are only stored in the extension-less file. And if you add the .mbox extension to the extension-less file you can port it to other mail programs just like that.

So… out of this mess I decided to switch to the awesome Mac Mail.app that comes with my iBook. But guess what?! Thunderbird treats whitespaces and line-breaks in a chaos, so conversion was a bitch. To cut this short, the original method of converting Thunderbird mail to Mac Mail.app didn’t work for me. Everytime I tried it I’d lose a huge bunch of emails. Not good. I was getting desperate when I stumbled upon MozillaZine which then led me to the Eudora Mailbox Cleaner which was a Godsend.

The Eudora Mailbox Cleaner is a very intuitive little program. All I did was drag my Thunderbird mail storage folder and drop it on the Eudora Mailbox Cleaner icon and it ported all my emails to Mac Mail.app effortlessly and seamlessly. Andreas Amann is a genius!!

Now that I’m using Mac Mail.app I’m quite happy with the way my emails are stored. Mac Mail.app stores each individual email in their own individual files with the .emlx extension. This makes it easy to backup specific emails/folders and it also makes it indexable and searchable by Spotlight.

Apple just won another important aspect of my life, my emails. I’m lovin my iBook more and more every day and I’m thinking about selling my desktop and saving up for a Mac Mini, or an iMac G5? :-P

Google Talk

Thursday, August 25, 2005, 11:37 am

Google Talk

Google just launched it’s new service, Google Talk, to rival MSN, AIM and YM. It looks pretty slick and since I like Google I think I’ll download it and see if I’m up for a switch.

It’s a 900kb download, much smaller than the other messenger services and it’s got a clean effective design with no ads. I’ll say that again, it’s got a clean effective design with no ads. Ok I’m repeating myself, here’s what Google says:

They say talk is cheap. Google thinks it should be free. Google Talk enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free–anytime, anywhere in the world. Google Talk offers you:

  • Choice: Get in touch how and when you want to–over email, IM or a call
  • Quality: Talk through your computer but hear your friends as if they were in the same room
  • Convenience: Your Gmail contacts are pre-loaded into Google Talk so inviting or talking to your friends is just a click away

Google Talk is in beta and requires a Gmail username and password.

So if you have a Gmail account and you want to test this with me, you can stalk me at jerrrm-at-gmail-dot-com.

WordPress 1.5.2

Tuesday, August 23, 2005, 12:50 pm

I failed to mention the public release of WordPress 1.5.2 from last week.

This set of improvements and security fixes is in line with our commitment to maintaining an extremely stable 1.5 series. In addition to fixing a number of bugs and adding requested enhancements for plugin authors, this release also addresses all of the security issues that have been circulating the past few days.

If you use WordPress you should consider upgrading as soon as possible.

Windows Vista 2006 Screenshots

Monday, August 1, 2005, 2:36 pm

Windows Vista 2006 is supposed to be released as beta two days from now, but ExtremeTech already has delicious screenshots posted on their website.

First off the famous not responding dialog, facelifted:

Vista Not Responding Dialog

I guess Microsoft is trying to make the user feel better about things going wrong. Collecting more information to help identify the problem… Sheesh!!

Next is the start menu treeview:

Vista Start Menu Treeview

Not much of an improvement from the previous start menu but it looks decent. Something to like is always a plus.

Last (I won’t show too much or I’ll get sick) is the computer view:

Vista Computer View

I have no comment on this one.

Like I said before, I’m not an enthused fan. But new OSes are like new toys, you get excited over them for a day or two, then you stare at it and ask yourself “Is this what I had been waiting for all these time?”

More shots at ExtremeTech.