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!

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?

Thunderbird Feeds and Messages: Duplicates?

I use Thunderbird to track several RSS feeds but one thing that annoys me about reading Del.icio.us feeds is the problem of recurring links. It’s not surprising that the same links appear time and again but here’s a way to delete those duplicates: The Remove Duplicate Messages extension does just that. It will compare different elements of messages and offer to delete them.
It works best with RSS feeds when you select “Compare subject/Compare message body (slow)” in Tools->Extensions->Remove Duplicate Messages->Options.
If you use Feedster.com, you’ll notice all the dupes that come through when feedster is down. This’ll get rid of those too!