Easy fix to unfreeze Thunderbird

If you use Thunderbird like I do you may have noticed that HTML emails cause it to freeze momentarily. For a long time I thought this was a side effect of a large mailbox file and large email size but nope, it has an official bug.

The problem is fixed in Thunderbird 3 which hasn’t been released yet but there’s a simple way to avoid the problem. Open your address book.

It appears that having your address book in memory helps Thunderbird to render HTML emails quickly. I don’t know why, and the bug has some interesting comments on why. It’s possibly related to the anti-phishing code in the email client.

If you don’t want to keep your address book open all the time install the Contacts Sidebar plugin. HTML emails now render instantly.

I’ve lived with this bug for years. It’s a huge relief to have it “fixed” now!

Middle click your urls again in Firefox 2

One of the really useful features of Firefox in the past was the ability to click the middle mouse button anywhere on a browser page and have the URL in the clipboard load in that window. For some reason it stopped working some time back and I don’t know why. Here’s how to enable it again if your Firefox has stopped obeying your middle finger.

  • Open “about:config” in a new browser tab or window.
  • Search for “middlemouse” and find “middlemouse.contentLoadURL”. Set it to true if it’s false.
  • If that preference isn’t there, create a new one by right clicking and creating a new boolean value. Type “middlemouse.contentLoadURL” into the box and press return.
  • A new value, set to true by default, will be created.
  • Now try copying a URL and middle-clicking it anywhere on this page. Try http://ocaoimh.ie/ for good luck!

Testing Firefox 2.0

I’m trying out Firefox 2.0 and first impressions are good. Fonts looks a little different which is refreshing but I’m having trouble exporting my bookmarks from Flock. It looks like others are having the same problem too. There’s even a FAQ about it.

On the Mac, click-and-hold doesn’t bring up a context menu. I’ll have to figure out why. Must be a key combo. Ah! It’s CTRL-click!

If you’re wondering which is better, IE7 or Firefox 2.0, then check out this “unbiased” review:

In one corner we have Internet Explorer 7. After 18 months of development and a shiny new set of tabs, he’s in top shape and looking better than his predecessor ever did. That is, before he entered the ring with Firefox 2.0. Now he’s just a cripple with fancy RSS reading.

What Thunderbird thinks of RSS

Funny moment #18472 in the working life of a software developer. What Thunderbird thinks of RSS. So much for those syndication feeds!

Have you got other Spellchecker bloopers?

RSS is an ASS?