One pet peeve that has resulted from upgrading to Thunderbird 2.0, is that I can no longer right click on an account in the Folder Pane and fetch just the mail for that account.
I have many, many accounts, and some are not set to fetch mail ever, unless I have a specific need to...like Outlook will crash when it gets a certain kind of SPAM message, so I have to use Thunderbird to fetch and purge SPAM and then Outlook can work. Some day I may phase out Outlook, but in the meantime I have a lot of stuff in there that I don't want to migrate...plus I haven't retired my Palm yet (and there's some stuff that is linked to my Blackberry).
Wonder what happens when the Get Mail drop down becomes taller than my screen...
Anyways....I decided that I can't be alone on the subject....so I went Google'ng for things.
The solution was to install the userChrome.js extension for TB, and then add the snippet below to userChrome.js.
/* Add menuitem to Folderpane context - Get New Messages */ var insertWhere = document.getElementById("folderPaneContext-markMailFolderAllRead"); var miGetNewMsgs = document.createElement("menuitem"); miGetNewMsgs.setAttribute("label", "Get New Messages"); miGetNewMsgs.setAttribute("oncommand", "goDoCommand('cmd_getNewMessages')"); insertWhere.parentNode.insertBefore(miGetNewMsgs, insertWhere.nextSibling);
To take the lazy way to getting to userChrome.js, I installed MR Tech Local Install and called up the Chrome Editor.
Now to pull up this blog post on my other computers, so I can apply the same to the Thunderbird there....
The Palm PDA to Blackberry migration continues.....
My Tungsten T is hardly being used anymore....it had been falling the wayside gradually, ever since I got a Blackberry (2.5 years ago). I've been thinking of upgrading, but they don't seem to offer PDAs much anymore. And, I'm hooked on my Blackberry.
But, there are a few things on my Tungsten T that I don't yet know how to live without. One of which is PDA SafeID (which has evolved into Splash ID for Palm, but I haven't had the urge to update anything on my Palm in a very long time).
There's probably a ton of stuff in this application that I no longer reference, or have need to have around. But, every now and then, it comes in handy as the place to stash something important (usually frequent flyer numbers).
And, since I'm about to go on a trip...it got me thinking that there must be some way to easily migrate and have this data on hand in my Blackberry. Even though I might opt to having my Palm PDA along anyways. I quick google search yesterday, and I found SplashID for Blackberry...a quick email to support, after I guessed my old login information....and found that I could export/import my data. And, I then downloaded and installed the trial....and everything seems to be working great.
It'll definitely be something I'll register.
Now to figure out how I'll move other things I depend on, or see if I can live without...and then finally retire my Tungsten T. Though I haven't yet decided what gadget will replace it....
Well, I did it again....I bought another piece of software that is kind of work related. At least I own the hardware that the software is going on, this time
I work at Kansas State University, where we use Oracle Calendar for scheduling... And, I've been looking for a way to sync my work calendar with my Blackberry. Both when I had just the 7100t and now that I have the 8703e.
I had originally looked at trying to do the round about way of syncing with Outlook first, but couldn't get that to work. And, it turns out that syncing my Blackberry to Outlook after syncing with Oracle Calendar was a bad thing. Apparently, this a known problem though....Outlook with Oracle Calendar, bad
Anyways, after hearing of other people also working on syncing their blackberry's with Oracle Calendar, I set out to look for a method as well. I heard that there were SyncML clients available that might solve this. I tried a number of different ones...the free ones didn't work out for me, but this one did...and after 10 days of trying it, I've decided to go and buy it.
BTW, the hardest part of getting this to all work was figuring out the URL to have the client connect to. I found it to be:
And, it was interesting that I had to find it using Google .... which took me to a different University's IT support page. But, that isn't totally unusual....
Well, I didn't want to wake up this morning...I was sore, my throat hurt, there was a productive cough, and it is kind of gloomy out. But, I wanted to check clocks at home and at work to see what changed and didn't change.
The first computer that should've updated, but didn't was my SuSE 9.3 Linux box. I had updated the zoneinfo files for DST....however, I didn't notice that the link between /etc/localtime and /usr/share/zoneinfo/US/Central had gotten severed. So the machine was still running using the old zoneinfo definition. But,
zdump -v US/Central wasn't gonna tell me this.
I then check the other main computers at home and moved on to other devices. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my radio controlled clock, which I try to set all my other clocks against, was showing the correct time. I had been holding off on looking at another one of these clocks, guess it is safe to get one.
Then I check the VoIP phones....the Uniden has a local clock, so I had up date it. I drew a blank on what my Vonage number was...guess it has been a long time since I had to call it or give it out. It read an hour ahead, I guess it is still stuck on sending Eastern Time. Guess the still go by the timezone for the areacode of the number associated with it, rather than the timezone in my account profile. That's annoying.
Broadvoice doesn't seem to have updated for DST
I then updated the important clock...the clock on my coffee maker and put on coffee, and then back off to updating other clocks around home. It was also good to see that my Palm Tungsten T had updated....though hotsync'ng is a problem. DST change always seems to reset everything in my calendar...and this time was worse than usual. I blame Microsoft Outlook. Though I did run the timezone tool, though it was a bit weird...since Outlook is not my default mail client...its my calendar and contact tool. I suppose I should do something about this setup....especially since I have too many different calendars now. Plus, I haven't figured out where I'm at in my PDA replacement project. The Palm Tungsten T is pretty much only calendaring for me now....anyhoo.... The DST change also causes the backupbuddy to backup everything fresh again...which makes the first sync really long and painful.
The Blackberry sync seemed to have issues...but it was problem me trying to do it while the Palm sync was still going on. It worked fine later.
But, it was off to check my ReplayTVs and other HT devices if they had the correct time. All the ReplayTVs had the correct time, I was surprised to see that my Momitsu V880N was also right....and it was good that the Cox HD DVR was also right, because when I looked at it last night...the guide was wrong. But, the lack of new programming for the first few days might seem intentional
As usual, since I was here...I checked the lamp timer on my Samsung HLN4365W1....5255 hours. Had noticed that it seems to be having more trouble turning on that usual, but it is still working. Hopefully the spare bulb I have works, when that time comes. OTOH, I see that 50" units are now thin enough that they should fit into my stand....and 1080p might be nice. Though I'll probably wait until the spare bulb is spent....by then they should perfect LED based RPTVs Plus I might be willing to update my furniture to allow an even bigger screen
I'm sure I've missed other clocks (at home)....but I think I'm done.
Wonder if I want to wander out and see if the outside world is right....namely it has been over a week since I've done groceries....
Hmmm, the server time for this blog is off my an hour....guess I'll have to do it manually?
Occurred to me that I should see if there's a DST impact on my Palm Tungsten....
Turns out a simple enough change in general preferences on adjusting how DST is observed at my location.
It was a little more complicated for Datebk5, but a quick check of the support site yielded the necessary info
I think I have my Blackberry 8703e working again after it got all messed up from trying the "Switch Device Wizard" of the 4.2 Desktop Manager.
The wizard sucks all the information off of my old Blackberry fine...but it doesn't wisely figure out what should and shouldn't get pushed onto my new Blackberry.
I was hoping to save my option preferences...though they changed all the names of the included sound files, so it was kind of limited usefulness. Though losing all my bookmarks is kind of a pain.
It did figure out that the 3rdparty apps on my 7100t weren't compatible for the 8703e, and refused to put these on.
But, it blinding replaced other important things in settings...like my service books. Ignoring that my old device is T-Mobile and my new device is Sprint. So T-Mobile service books probably won't work on Sprint's network....
Basically, I resorted to invoking the security option to wipe my blackberry, and cross my fingers that Sprint will OTA put it all back right.
The only thing I can't remember...was there ever a PHONE application on the blackberry? There isn't one now...and it just seems strange. Now it does have the annoying default where pressing keys from home can dial calls. But, it is the first thing I turned off after the reset...and now I'm trying to figure out what key will get me back....
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It is time to retire this wretched pen.
I almost never use it as a stylus, and the ink pens skips terribly....and, it isn't all the pratical when I need a pencil.
Not sure what I want....pretty much I just need a write anywhere pen that fits my holster.
Might go with a Fisher....such as this one. except that they don't seem to make it anymore....
Further late night investigation seems to indicate that a version of the 8700 will be available in CDMA soon. 8702?
So, should I wait for this?
How long can I endure without a local phone number? Or how long can I endure without a blackberry? Though there was also the part where I thought about having two personal wireless accounts...one voice and one blackberry. Though I'm starting to have too many different gadgets to contend with.
Especially when my week with the HOT phone rolls around.
But, I'm still not ready for Palm & Phone convergence. I'm still eyeballing the Tx, but I still haven't made that move yet. Because pretty much the only thing that I use is DateBk5.
I usually acquire new phones around the end of October....hopefully I'll retain this pattern? End of October being around when my birthday is
Though I've also seen rumors that the next 8700 series is targetted for iDen....hopefully, the CDMA will actually be first (or at the same time). Since I'm pretty sure of the choices I would prefer a Sprint or AllTel, rather than a Nextel. I have no idea what the coverage is like for Nextel, and I don't know anybody (at work) that uses them....which might be an indication.
Hopefully not Verizon Wireless....who I had jumped ship from before T-Mobile and who isn't available in this new area (seems it is AllTel that is the equivalent company). Of course, more and more, it seems cell phone companies aren't into customer service. So, maybe if I stop expecting it.....
...which also seems to be death to GSM, and death to Blackberry.
Because I moved to Manhattan, Kansas...I wanted a local number. Though the silly customer support doesn't seem to understand this kind of request. At first they wanted to issue me a new Columbus, Ohio number. Yeah, my old number is there. But, I had already updated my billing, mailing and service address to Manhattan, Kansas months ago. Though I had switched to paperless billing a couple months before the move.
Then they wanted to know what area code I'm in...and what is the nearest city. Well, okay..the area code is 785....but, ummm, Manhattan, Kansas is the city.
What they then said was it'll cost me $15 + $2, to change...and I might lose my calling plan, and have to get a new one. Later another rep even said based on a review of my past usage, I should upgrade to a plan that costs twice as much as I'm paying now. Past usage? Until the 'move'. My monthly usage was only in the low double digits. It was only because of the 'move' and not having any home services for almost a month...that my usage spiked last month. But, total bill was only about 50% more....sure it was only over by like 75 minutes. And, for the cost of 150 minutes, they would add 600 more to my plan. Except I'll probably never need those minutes again.
Especially since they didn't give me a local number. The only people that will call me are people dialing wrong numbers. Though this was largely most of my received calls before....but, circumstances are different....
Anyways...after lots of canned support responses....they finally understood the issue, and said they would escalate as me wanting the matter corrected as having already paid and not getting what I wanted. And, before I could write back that it wasn't about the money and that I would pay another $17 to get things done right, but they weren't saying this in any of their responses until now....I got the response, they are out of local numbers...and all they will do is appologize for the inconvenience....
Yesterday I bought one of these from Best Buy. I had been on the fence for getting one for a while, since floppy drives are starting to get scare and CDs aren't practical. And, there'll be times where using the Internet be an option, either.
But, it came down to size for price and convenience. I have an iPod Shuffle, and I do have most of it set aside for space...but I never actually use it for data, because it isn't all that practical. I don't like the music part of it that much and having to deal with a cap that I can lose reduces my desire to actually carry it around.
During my recent trip, I got to thinking that there should be some way to better synchronize the data for RoboForm between my computers. And, read about GoodSync and later the Pass2Go product. Seemed the way to go with this might be a USB Flash Key, and possibly one with U3. Even though U3 isn't Mac, but then RoboForm isn't available for the Mac yet and I don't currently own one yet. But, I'm contemplating one to replace my old laptop....inaddition to the HTmac, I've been talking about building
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