Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Importing profiles into Thunderbird 38

If you have been using the Lightning add-on for Thunderbird there is good news, as of version 38 Lightning is now included by default.  There is one catch I ran into, and this is definitely an edge case, I recently did a fresh install coming from an older version of the Lightning add-on.  When I copied the profile contents as I had done in the past everything was fine except Lighting was disabled and could not be enabled, I tried removing the add-on and reinstalling it but that did nothing.  While keeping my email is more important, having my calendar working is pretty important too.

Here is how I got it working.  First I went to another computer and installed an old version of Thunderbird and Lighting.  Then I copied my profile into this install, and I exported my calendar.  Then I went back to my main computer and created a new profile; and I imported my calendar file to this new profile.  Then I copied some of the files from my old profile, see screenshot below.  Basically I avoided copying anything related to add-ons, extensions, or calendars.  YMMV, but this has worked for me.


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

You don't need flash: disable it or remove it

Flash has problems and should be removed or disabled.

Disable Flash in Chrome:

If you use Chrome flash is built into the browser, but it can be disabled by going to chrome://plugins and clicking disable next to the flash entry.

If you use Internet Explorer (stop using it) or Firefox you can remove the flash plugins for these browsers by going to "Add/Remove Programs" in the control panel and clicking remove or uninstall.  Keep in mind that there are two different flash plugins one for IE and one for Firefox.  You should remove both.


If for some reason you are a masochist and only want to disable flash on IE or Firefox you can do the following.

Disable Flash in Internet Explorer:

In IE click on the tools menu or gear icon and then click on manage add-ons.  Make sure "Toolbars and Extensions" is highlighted in the left hand pane and you may also have to change the "Show:" drop menu to "show all."  Now highlight the entry for flash and click the disable button in the lower right hand corner of this window.


Disable Flash in Firefox:

In Firefox click on the menu button and then click on add-ons.  On the left hand side of the add-ons page click on plugins.  Then click on the drop down menu for the flash plugin and select never activate.


With all that said I will remind you that the best thing to do is to just remove the flash plugins for IE and Firefox.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hate Windows 8 No More!

I have many customers that have a poor opinion of Windows 8, as I predicted this is because they do not like or are confused by the metro interface. Windows 8 is actually a very good operating system from a technical stand point. The fact remains that metro is a flaming bag of dog poo left on the doorstep of our keyboards and mice. The good news is that there is a program to fix that. Classic Shell brings back the start menu and skips metro. Rejoice and stop using XP; for the love of GOD!

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