This was another note I wrote a while back with the Gaim profile note .
When moving from an old computer to a new computer, alot of profiles get left behind. Some we can afford to lose the baggage and start afresh.
But some, like IM and email, we like to transfer the data from an old computer to a new computer. You may need to read and reply to mails already downloaded on the old computer.
Instead of copying the mail folder everytime, what you could do is to put the mail data on a portable diskdrive. This way you could carry it around and read it at home and in office.
I do not use Thunderbird in this way anymore (using GMail) but this should still work (For the 1.0.x version at least)
It is really quite simple. On WinXP,
Quit Thunderbird if it is running
Look for Application Data/Thunderbird under C:Documents and Settingsusername
Copy the folder and put it into the portable diskdrive
In the (copied) folder, open the file profile.ini
Change these 2 lines
Start Thunderbird and all the former mailboxes will appear. Done!
This was a note I wrote a while back for GAIM, an integrated messaging client that I use.
The frustrating thing about changing computer is that many of the data get left on the old computer. I am online most of the time and use Gaim alot to stay in touch with clients, partners and friends. On a new computer, suddenly all the contacts are “lost“.
It actually turned out to be very straight forward to move Gaim profile to a new computer.
On the new computer I just had to
1. Install a copy of GAIM
2. Copy the former .gaim folder which located on the old drive
Documents and Settingsusername Application Data.gaim
c:Documents and Settingsusername Application Data
3. Start Gaim. All the accounts and contacts will just appear. Perfect!
ICQ, Yahoo, MSN, QQ, GoogleTalk.
If you, like me, have an account in each of these instant messaging (IM) services then you probably have all these client programs installed.
These client not only take up valuable space in the notification area (especially on a notebook), they are also notorious memory hog. Each comes with heaps of “features” that I never use and are piling on more with each new version. Worst, some like QQ forcefully install programs you don’t need and changes your system settings.
Wouldn’t it be great if a single program can replace all of them?
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Email must be one of the most used application on any business computer today. And what better way to start introducing free software than with email program.
For years I resisted Outlook, choosing to stand by Pegasus Mail. Pegasus is showing sign of age. The development is slow and for a long time it was not able to handle Chinese.
I moved to Thunderbird when 0.8 came out. It was able to handle Chinese in UTF8 which was what I needed badly.
It wasn’t easy for me as well. Pegasus had been my email companion for almost 9 years before the switch. There are so many automated filters, identities, and preference that just works. If it’s not broken why fix it?
Thunderbird is useful if you download email to you local PC or notebook and read the email offline.
Thunderbird did not last long. Mail started to appear in my GMail folder in October 2005. After trying out briefly, all my incoming email are now handled by GMail.
GMail is great if you are constantly online. It takes care of spams at the server end which mean you do not need to download all the spam before you can filter it.
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An article written a while back. I no longer use Thunderbird as my primary client. I spent quite a bit of time figuring out so thought it will be useful for anyone migrating from Pegasus Mail.
Since moving from Pegasus Mail to Thunderbird, the old mail had been tucked away. Today I needed a very old email in the old Pegasus archive to recover an old account password. A good excuse to take the time and export all the old mail to Thunderbird.
There are 2 ways to do it
- copy mail folders
- use IMAP
The first way is fine if there is not may folders to export. Unfortunately that was not my case. It took a great deal of frustration before I decided to go with the second way.
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