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One of the minor things I’ve noticed when I use Thunderbird on my IMAP accounts is that it doesn’t download IMAP messages until I click on them. Then I have to wait until I can see the message. I have heard that this is supposed to be fixed in Thunderbird 3, and I tried it but a lot of the extensions I need aren’t compatible with it.
Today I finally tried to search and find out more about the problem. Turns out I’m not alone — others have noticed that the setting to download message bodies for offline use doesn’t do what it’s supposed to.
Fortunately, there’s an extension for this. It’s called Sync On Arrival. So far, it’s working like a charm. The only thing I had to do was edit the install.rdf to increase the version number. It’s compatible with Thunderbird 2, even though it says it’s not.
Edit: see the comments for a way to do this with configuration alone, rather than an extension.
Thunderbird’s email search isn’t that great by today’s standards. If I type “red dog” into the search bar it doesn’t even tokenize and search for the words separately — it’s a substring match so “my dog is red” isn’t found. And it’s slow.
What about embedding “real” fulltext search into it? Sphinx perhaps?
Just a thought.
I’m really really happy about Ubuntu 8.10 because it lets me stop kicking myself so much for buying a Dell Inspiron 1501. This little laptop was the el-cheapo option for me, found via dealnews.com. I was going to buy the virtually identical one that came with Ubuntu installed, but then Dell offered a deal on the 1501, which had Windows Vista, and I caved in to the allure of saving about $200.
Of course I promptly discovered that the two most important differences between the models involved hardware for which no good Free Software drivers existed: the video card and the wireless card. The Inspiron 1501 has a “ATI Technologies Inc RS482 [Radeon Xpress 200M]” and a “Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)”.Read the rest of this entry »