Posts Tagged ‘Mozilla Thunderbird’

Wednesday, March 7th 2007

Mozilla Links is Great

If you didn’t know, Mozilla Links is the name of a brilliant new Mozilla news site.

Cropped screenshot of the Mozilla Links website

They update often, with articles on stuff that happens on the Mozilla scene. Percy Cabello, who runs Mozilla Links, also writes reviews of interesting Firefox extensions and posts useful tips and tricks.

MozillaZine was for a long time the one-and-only website for Mozilla-related news. But around at the same time as they introduced the ads, things started to go downhill.

Now I feel that anything I read on MozillaZine I have already read somewhere else. And the comments after the articles are seldom very lively nowadays. (Perhaps because we don’t get the bimonthly name-changes for the Mozilla products any more…) I don’t actually think that the change has anything to do with the ads though. In fact, I’m not even sure that MozillaZine really has changed. It could just be that my news-gathering patterns have changed. I (obviously?) read many more blogs now than I did a couple of years back.

Anyway, for the Firefox aficionados, Mozilla Links is a great resource. Don’t forget to add it to your RSS readers.

Monday, December 18th 2006

Firefox Gaining, Thunderbird 2 Beta Out

Firefox logotype (logo), 200x200 pxI love the fact that Firefox is still gaining on Internet Explorer even though MS just released version 7.

According to WebSideStory, Firefox is now at 10.7%, having increased by 0.89 percentage points between October and December. Internet Explorer meanwhile dropped 0.86 percentage points to 88.2%, even though version 7 is seeing increased usage.

IE7 holds 16.3% of the market, or 18.5% of IE usage. Firefox 2 meanwhile has 3.1% of the market, or 29.1% of Firefox usage. As usual, Firefox users seem to be more with it.

Keep in mind that nearly all other browser stats show Firefox at higher percentages than WebSideStory. XiTi, for instance, show that Firefox usage in Europe is at roughly 23% and 14% in the US.

Thunderbird 2 beta 1

Thunderbird logotype (logo), 200x200 pxMozilla have just released the first beta of Thunderbird 2. There are many great new features and enhancements:

  • Message tags – sort your emails using tags instead of folders, or both if you like.
  • New theme, which uses the every-second-line-is-light-grey scheme for the message list.
  • Improved performance of saved search folders, which btw is a wonderful feature.
  • Improved information popup when you receive new mail.
  • Session History Navigation – New Back and Forward buttons which work like back and forward in your web browser.
  • Improved filing tools. Remembers folders that you recently copied or moved emails to and makes them easier to find in the context menu.
  • Several others, but the above are my favourites.

Finally a word of caution. If you are planning on reorganizing your emails in Thunderbird 2 beta 1, make a backup of your profile first.

I found a nasty data loss bug, which drops some messages if you try to move too many in one go from one folder to another. (It seems to depend on message size.) A simple and seemingly safe workaround is to copy your messages and then delete the copy in the first folder.

I haven’t been able to find a bug for this at bugzilla.mozilla.org, so if you’re good at searching bugzilla and feel like helping me (and everyone else) out, I’d be very greatful.

Friday, December 3rd 2004

Beautiful Bird

Well, I downloaded the first Release Candidate for Thunderbird 1.0, and it’s looking pretty good to me. Some people are complaining it doesn’t yet have the polish of Firefox 1.0, and in some areas I must agree. For instance, I don’t think they should ship Thunderbird without real, built-in help. But the improvements made to the default theme are great – it’s a real joy to look at and use!

On a sidenote, I haven’t had much time lately to update my Doodle theme for Thunderbird. (It still only supports TB 0.8.) I’m right in the middle of a course about nature conservation and environmental law. (I’m off to an exam in a few minutes…)