Firefox & Thunderbird
Andrei Zmievski provides a quick bit of info regarding how to paste multi-line URLs into Firefox, which occur most often when a URL is wrapped in an e-mail. I need to make this change in my various Firefox installations. A bit more info, including a list of what the various settings mean, is provided on Jeremy Zawodny’s site.
As reported on mozilla.org, Thunderbird 1.0 has been officially released! This is great news!
I expect I will be installing it on several family machines over the upcoming month. Why? Because it has been a solid e-mail client throughout its beta period, and has gotten easier to use with every release. It also provides a wealth of great features, including:
- Adaptive spam filters – “Thunderbird’s junk mail controls learn and improve from emails that you receive to stop spam.”
- “Saved search folders and search bar – To help you find emails faster you can save common searches in virtual folders and find emails with the search bar.”
- Extensions (just like Firefox)
- Simple migration from other e-mail clients
- Message grouping (I haven’t used this much, but plan to soon)
- Cross-platform support – You can use it on a Mac, PC or *Nix without any problem
One of the only gripes I’ve had with Firefox is that every new version number knocked out several extensions. Thus, I would have to wait for the extension’s author to post an updated version. Typically, the only change is an update to the version of Firefox that the extension supports (0.8 to 0.9 to 0.10 to 1.0…) Now that 1.0 is out, this should happen far less frequently, but, of course, 1.0 breaks extensions that I want to use. So, a quick bit of research lead me to this forum post which provides easy to follow directions for fixing these ‘broken’ extensions:
1. Close Firefox
2. Edit the file Extensions.rdf contained in %appdata% > MozillaFirefox > Profiles > randomname > extensions
(on my Windows box, I edited C: > Documents and Settings > Alex Jones > Application Data > MozillaFirefox > Profiles > r0cy7i5r.Alex > extensions > Extensions.rdf )
3. Change every occurrence of maxVersion=”0.10″ to maxVersion=”1.0″
4. Start Firefox and look at your extensions menu. If the extensions are still grayed out, right-click on each one and click on ‘Enable’. Once you restart Firefox, these should be available as well.