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Archive for Internet Software

Not so Hasty there! Thunderbirds are go!

You may have read earlier that I had written a funky script to remove email that I’d never ever read from my inbox, and it had all gone horribly wrong when I passed a null string into the function and it deleted the whole inbox along with 700+ messages in it. Disaster to some extent! Then I sat and had a think about how long it would take to import all 700+ headers every time Thunderbird wanted to read my inbox. That wouldn’t be efficient – surely Thunderbird does some caching? Lo and behold it does, and I’ve recovered everything (and a little bit more besides!) – let me explain. Bratz movie Recovering Deleted Mail – Thunderbird! As soon as… Continue reading »

by Keiron on May 2nd, 2009 | Email Clients | 3 Comments » |

Backup, backup and backup!!

A word to the wise, always make backups….. Particularly when you are testing a script that has the ability to delete emails!!!!!!! I was writing a script to delete some of my emails whilst I’m away, regular newsletters, advertising from holiday companies, you know the sort of stuff I’m talking about? Not spam, and not stuff I want to unsubscribe from – just stuff – stuff that I’ll only delete when I get home anyway. Anyway, I screwed it up and an empty variable got passed into the cleanup script and has blown away my entire inbox. Luckily it’s my more spammy account that I signup to most things with, however I’m quite good at pruning it normally and it… Continue reading »

by Keiron on May 2nd, 2009 | Email Clients | 2 Comments » |

Google Chrome : First Impressions

OK, I resisted it a little bit, but I finally went and downloaded Google Chrome…. Interesting that it’s only available for Windows first and not Mac, but Google must figure that market is already sewn up by Safari on the Mac (mind you the way Apple keep offering me Safari with iTunes it must be on half of Windows users machines by now – anyone know how I stop that?!). 475kB download??? I assumed it was quick because I’m on the corporate network and it’s probably in the cache but that will be quick on almost any connection – I’m suspecting it downloads more stuff as it installs? Installation is a couple of clicks and it’s away… Interestingly at work… Continue reading »

by Keiron on September 3rd, 2008 | Browsers | 9 Comments » |

CSS Style overload – Remove unused CSS Styles

I design sites (not well most of the time!) and often pinch bits and bobs from the various CSS stylesheets I’ve created over the years, generally I normally end up coming up with something that looks at least half decent! However, all that cutting and pasting leaves my stylesheets in a mess – with tonnes of unused CSS styles! I spotted a reference to Dust-Me Selectors today on San Baldo, and using this fantastic Firefox Extension I have managed, in the space of minutes to reduce on stylesheet from an unmanageable 600 lines to a mere 200! It extracts all the selectors from all the stylesheets on the page you’re viewing, then analyzes that page to see which of those… Continue reading »

by Keiron on October 23rd, 2007 | Browsers, Programming | 20 Comments » |

Another IM client!

How many IM clients does one guy need on his laptop? Let’s get this straight, I can only chat to so many people at once, now why can’t they all use the same client? I have MSN, it’s kind of the de facto standard that most people seem to have these days (probably because it comes bundled with Windows?), I’ve also got Yahoo installed (for the Anti-Microsoft brigade). What about the rest? I tried MySpaceIM (the people I actually want to chat to are mostly on MSN anyway so I never login). Skype, Yep I’ve got that installed too – but more for SkypeIn number being tied to the business, so that has to be on my machine. ICQ, I… Continue reading »

by Keiron on May 28th, 2007 | Internet Software | No Comments » |

Twitter, I know people that could Twitter on forever!

Looks like Twitter will be one of the first services to cross from Web2.0 onto mobile phones as well. When you send Twitter a mobile text (SMS), it gets sent out to your group of friends and also saves to your Twitter page. Your friends might not have phone alerts turned on so they might check your web page instead. Likewise, you receive your friends mobile updates on your phone. Twitter is a free service. At some point they may introduce optional, for-pay features or services but basic usage will remain free. Note: with phone alerts turned on. Whilst I agree it sounds like a great application I can see it being bloody annoying, a sentiment echoed over at The… Continue reading »

by Keiron on March 17th, 2007 | Internet Software | No Comments » |

Switching away from Microsoft Outlook?

Let me set the record straight for all those that have been querying me on the subject. I love Mozilla Firefox! I binned IE long ago and won’t even install IE7 currently! But I’m having some problems with the Mozilla alternative to Outlook, Thunderbird. Don’t get me wrong, I’m using Thunderbird daily, in all fairness I’m using it in IMAP mode only and still downloading everything to my damned huge PST file in Outlook on another machine for archive purposes. But what are the alternatives? I could go the whole hog and use Thunderbird for everything, and I do love some of it’s features – but detest others!! Maybe it’s the fact I’m running it in IMAP mode and haven’t… Continue reading »

by Keiron on December 21st, 2006 | Email Clients | No Comments » |