Tags: thunderbird

07/11/11

  09:52:41 pm, by The Dreamer   , 860 words  
Categories: Software, Computer, Networking

I jumped into a new Thunderbird profile....for nothing?

For a long time, I've been having problems with images not loading in emails in Thunderbird. I thought my old computer, TARDIS, didn't have the processing power to do the networking. Partly, because pointing it through my squid proxy seemed to help a bit. For a while anyways.

Well, when it came time to move to Zen....I just copied the profile into the new profile on Zen, and it worked...and images seemed to work. More or less. I figured it was profile rot, and that someday I should probably use some kind of import/export.

But, I continued to suffer...while occasionally searching on the issue. I remembered about deleting .msf files....kind of annoying because then have to go through all the folders and remark read messages read and having old spam come back to haunt me. But, I did it anyways...and just ignored some of those old folders. It didn't help.

As time went, things got worse and worse. So, I envisioned that I would do a backup, either using TEBE or MozBackup...and then a selective restore. Hadn't decided if I would keep all extensions and how much of prefs to keep, etc. Though weekends have a way of getting away from me...and I never seemed to find the moment to do it after have done a backup. Tried to make the move during the long weekend, but ran out of time. But, tried to give it a go this weekend.....but time just kept sliding by. Restoring everything from a MozBackup except Mail. Then, copied just Mail except for MSF files. No ImapMail.

Slowly went through all my folders getting MSFs back, and resync'ng my ImapMail....and then things stopped working again. I then wondered if there was some kind of hidden parameter relating to max connections. I knew about max connections per imap server....while looking through the settings I saw there was a higher level max.imap.max_cache_connections was set to the default 10. Wonder what that means, with each Imap Account being able to have a max of 5.

Well, I never used imap much until I moved here to Kansas...then I was using it more and more. Wonder how many imap accounts I have. Seems that until things start getting really bad....I was just under 10... now I have like 13. Let's jack that parameter up and see if it helps.

Alas, it only helped a little bit. Seems there's other things at play. I did stumble into Windows limits during the google search, but from the tools....I was typically hovering around 80-160 established connections. And, I didn't seem to be hitting the half-open limit, though I may want to look at that issue later.

But, I got all my IMAP folders accessed, headers were down, body downloading was going to have to just happen over time. I also looked up shortcuts, and found SHIFT-C to be the mark all read shortcut now. In the early days...back when thunderbird was also my Newsreader and I read netnews (AKA USENET), I was quite adept with shortcuts. But, a version change and the shortcuts I had grown accustom to changed. Probably just one or two, but enough to make me stop.

Anyways....now I was catching up old emails (I have a couple of big message trees of old emails that I had imported from a couple of PST files and Eudora....there just there for historical purposes, I don't want them showing up as unread again.) And, then I left thunderbird running over night to sync things up.

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05/08/10

  02:31:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 990 words  
Categories: Software, Computer, Ubuntu

Upgrading to Lucid Lynx

Since I got back from Penguicon 2010, it had been my plan to test out upgrading to Lucid Lynx.

I didn't get around to it the first day back to work, since I was busy catching up on 1000s of emails and making sure things that my co-workers had ignored or overlooked during my absence got done. I then came home with a fever, and ended up taking the next day off from work. The fever broke Thursday night, so I went back to work on Friday...even though head is still all stuffed up and I had a killer sinus headache.

Finally, near the end of the day, I remembered that I wanted to try the upgrade....

At work, I have two Karmic Koala VMs, running in VirtualBox on a Sun Ultra 20 running Solaris 10/x64.

One VM is/was a 32-bit server....it runs BOINC all the time, got a squid instance when I was testing something and more recently I set up backuppc so that I'd have backups of my windows desktop at work. The other VM is a 32-bit desktop which is mainly so I can offload and run my mail/calendar client on...since the Windows computer is starting to suffer with the bloat and growth of apps...the more recent versions of Thunderbird and Firefox are very resource intensive, and I can't run both at the same time anymore.

Though what I do now is run Thunderbird and direct it to open on Cygwin/X running on the Windows box. Since, I want it to be visible all the time as I'm doing tasks come from emails. Makes it strange opening links and attachments though, since they won't go to the Firefox/apps on my windows box....etc.

I first upgraded the server VM, and it largely worked without any major issues....the only thing is that it does complain with "Your CPU is lacking expected security protection"....the checker says the CPU family has NX, but my BIOS isn't ... but the box to enable PAE/NX in VirtualBox is checked. So, guess its just a bug with Ubuntu running in VirtualBox.

I then upgraded the desktop VM...again that went okay.

The server VM originally started out as a Jaunty Jackalope, and went to Karmic Koala...so that was my first experience that 32-bit servers are no longer supported by Ubuntu (I mentioned it as the Ubuntu Q+A at Penguicon, but was ignored...when they were saying that Ubuntu supports a wide range of older hardware..I have older hardware that won't run 64-bit that I use a servers at home...plus I ran into a lot of problems getting 32-bit apps to work on my 64-bit hardy heron server.) Hopefully someday there'll be a way to go from 32-bit to 64-bit, on the machines that can support 64-bit but had 32-bit Ubuntu installed on them.

So, last night....after making backuppc complete that day's incremental. I set out to upgrade my laptop 'ulkc' to Lucid Lynx. This is a laptop, and I originally installed Jaunty Jackalope 32-bit on it, even though its a Core 2 Duo. Main thing is that boxee didn't support 64-bit, and it was one of the key apps I wanted to run...at the time (I've never actually used it on here though...since the streams that wouldn't show on my AppleTV+Boxee also wouldn't work on here. Forcing me to resort to iTunes/AppleTV to get the content.

The upgrade was largely straight forward....though along with disabling 3rdparty sources, it removed picasa (that's the main thing I noticed missing).

Afterwards, I left the computer on, and ran a new full backup into backuppc.

This morning I did some poking around of the usual apps that I use...Firefox/Thunderbird. Of course, Thunderbird is now 3.04...so it did its upgrade/migrate thing and loss of extensions that haven't been updated for 3.x and don't work if I do 'make compatible'. I hope someday these extensions will appear....mainly the View Header toggle button and Mail Redirect.

Being that I some how am an email admin at work, needing to see full headers is something that happens regularly....and mail redirect is handy when I send a message, and then realize that I forgot to CC/BCC somebody...I can then do that with redirect and they won't see the alteration to the email that forwarding does. Also useful to 'cc' a copy of an email that was sent directly to me rather than through proper channels (even if I'll be the one that ends up doing the work).

I left the computer on again...so Thunderbird can do its new (annoying) thing....and guess it'll eventually get picked up for today's incremental...unless I go back to using it before it runs and suspend it.

Not sure when I'm going to upgrade my Ubuntu servers. 'box' is currently a karmic koala 32-bit server (older P4 that doesn't do 64-bit)...was a jaunty jackalope...though I probably should've made it a hardy heron...to match 'orac'...since there are things (namely DHCP fail-over) that I can't do due to version mismatches. But, the plan is to make both servers run the 10.04LTS...where they'll stay until 12.04LTS comes out, or not?

I'm very hesitant about touching 'orac'....because its working, has critical functions, and its temperamental. Of course, 'box' has functions more critical to my overall home network...but I'm going to risk the upgrade of it, to get it to an LTS version.

It was my original intent to not upgrade the servers until at least a couple months have past...since when I had upgraded 'box' to karmic koala shortly after its release, stuff important to me (name DNS) didn't work. apparmor was breaking it. Eventually they released the kernel upgrade that resolved the issue. Though building a 32-bit server kernel each time, etc. was also kind of painful. I've since opted to just have the server running on the 'generic-pae' kernel.

'orac' can continue to be a server, since it is a 64-bit system.

I'll probably go back to the waiting...there are other things I should get to first....

04/02/10

  08:16:22 am, by The Dreamer   , 300 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software, Computer, BOINC

box now has 2GB

A couple of days ago, I got a second stick of 1GB PC3200 DDR memory...and last night I finally got around to upgrading 'box' to 2GB. I had previously throwing a 1GB stick into a geeks.com order to bring 'box' to 1.5GB.

Nothing special of note happened with either upgrade. Just that I now have the maximum for this system, and it should allow it to better run BOINC work.

Though the current RNA World work assignments are calling for memory that I only have one machine that has at least that much memory....but it has 4 cores, so it can't run more than one RNA World at a time...and if I mix in other work with RNA World....the RNA World jobs always miss their deadline, because the estimation perpetually wrong.

Anyways....after I had done this...it occurred to me that I had done something odd....my main desktop (known as 'tardis') is suffering with low memory (firefox keeps consuming more and more memory...sometimes its consuming over 800MB....not to mention all my CPU....and then I made that mistake of upgrading to Thunderbird 3....plus Tweetdeck is pretty big too) Why am I not upgrading the memory in there....it has 4 slots, currently filled with 512MB PC3200 DDR memory. And, I should be able to change two of the slots for 1GB PC3200 DDR memory and everything should work. Could do 4GB, but don't think it'll see it all.

Though that computer was pretty temperamental on what kind of PC3200 memory it got....though when I do get around to finally replacing that computer, the 1GB sticks would probably go well in to 'box'....had I thought about this process better :lalala:

Wonder if there'll be hardware upgrades to my main desktop between now and when I finally get around to replacing it. Think the machine turns 7 soon.

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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