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Beta Testing Spark Mail App on Mac

So I signed up to beta test Spark Mail App for Mac.  I like the app for iOS.  Really can’t say much about it since it is not installed.

Office 2007 Work

Clear Email Address Cache in Outlook

Monday I received an e-mail from a colleague’s personal e-mail address.  He was calling sick and asked to to complete a few tasks, and to contact him by e-mail if I had any questions.  I send him an e-mail, but I wanted to remove his personal e-mail address from Outlook’s address cache.  I would hate to accidentally send him a message at home when it should have gone to his work e-mail or worse, accidentally using his personal e-mail address on a respond to all.

I remember reading a post at How-To Geek regarding clearing out e-mail addresses from Outlook’s address cache file.  The directions work for Outlook 2007 also.

A Thank you to the folks at How-to

E-mail Evolution Home PC Thunderbird

Moved from Evolution to Thunderbird

About 2 weeks ago I migrated all my e-mail from Evolution to Mozilla Thunderbird. The process itself was not difficult. I made the switch because Evolution is too slow for my PC. I also like the option to change the themes in Thurderbird just like Firefox. The current theme I am running for Thurderbird (and Firefox) is Silvermel 1.1.2.

I configured Thunderbird for 2 e-mail accounts as I had with Evolution. My Gmail account is set as default. One thing when setting up multiple accounts from two different servers, be sure to specify your SMTP server for each individual account. For example, after setting up Gmail, I added the second ISP account using the Wizard. When I went back into the ISP account, I noticed my outgoing SMTP server was configured for Gmail. You can check your setting for each account under the menu bar Edit, Account Settings.

So now my accounts are ready, but now I want to migrate my e-mails, contacts, and calendar entries to Thunderbird. I found at Make Tech Easier by Damien.

I install Lightning 0.9 Calendar add-on.  This add-on will give you a PIM system which allows you to manage you daily schedule.  It nice and works well, but I use Google Calendar.  So I installed Provider for Google Calendar 0.5.2.  This add-on allows you to read and write to your Google Calendar.  please note, the Lightning add-on is required.  You will need your Private ICAL address from Google to make this add-on work.  Since I also like to have the US Holidays too, I created a separate Google calendar in Thurnderbird called US Holidays and used the Google public address

One thing that I could not get from Evolution for some reason was my list of birthdays and special dates.  This was one of those things that I never got around to importing into Google Calendar.  Since I still have Windows XP with Office 2007 on my other HDD, I rebooted into XP and exported my Outlook calendar to a csv file.  After importing the csv file into Google Calendar I opened Thunderbird and verified all my entries were available.  For one reason or another I had to reset the occurrence from “Does not Repeat” to “Yearly”.  More than likely I goofed the original entry way back when.

Everything looks great and is working correctly. But I like to sign my e-mails with signatures for different occasions. Some are funny (at least to me) and some have my personal information. To get this function I installed Quicktext. It’s easy to use and I created about 8 different signatures for my Gmail and ISP accounts. After you compose your message just click on the dropdown above the e-mail body field and choose your signature.

When I receive a message from one of my accounts, Thunderbird has its native popup, which works well but it doesn’t fall in-line with my Ubuntu popup notification. I found this cool addon (which is still under development) called Mozilla Notification Extensions 0.1.2. Be sure to read the “More about this add-on” section.  Once this is installed, turn off the Thunderbird popup notification and restart Thunderbird.

I left Evolution on my PC, but removed the Evolution Alarm Notifier and gmail cal I found several months ago (which allows Evolution to work better with Google Calendar) from Startup Applications.  So far I’ve been pleased with this migration. What I might want to look at is what would it take to migrate my Thunderbird setup to a USB to Windows XP or another Linux distro.

E-mail Home PC Office 2007

Outlook 2007 and the picture placeholder

Over the last few months, my wife was getting frustrated with Outlook 2007 (part of Microsoft Outlook 2007 with SP2.)   She subscribes to a few websites which offer coupons to print to help save on the grocery bills.  These e-mails are HTML enabled, and have lots of pretty pictures.  I know most of the smart people out there say “Yikes! Don’t view HTML enabled messages.”, but to be honest I like them myself.  And I know this isn’t the best security, but if you are not on my “safe-list”, then your HTML or rich text messages are set to plain text. or the HTML code is not displayed.

Now, back to her problem which became my problem.  None of the Rich Text or HTML messages were being displayed.  So I started searching the Internet and found several post regarding this issue.  Most of them suggested I run regedit and look for where Outlook was keeping the temp files and delete them.  Th reason is the temp directory is full.  Make sense to me;  how many times have you gone into a temp folder to see a ton of old Office documents that were never deleted after working on those documents.  Still the problem remained.

I figured, hey maybe Office got messed up and maybe I should repair it.  So then I logged into my account in Windows XP and checked my settings and found no problems.  I then said, to myself; “self, let’s check the registry settings on my account and compare them to  the Mrs.”  I could not find anything wrong or different when comparing the registry settings between the two accounts.  I even went as far as opening each message, clicking on the Microsoft logo in the upper left corner, click the editor button, scrolled down to Display e-mail content, and removing the check mark next to “Show Picture placeholder.” So after running through these tasks and from posts I found, nothing worked.

So after dealing with this problem, I decided to make it easy on myself by creating a new local account in Windows XP, migrating all documents, favorites, pictures, mp3, videos, and PST files.  Afterwards Outlook behaved correctly and all the messages were displayed the way the should be. Her old account is disabled so I can go back and look for what was causing this issue.  Because you know I will see this again from another family member or friend.

I know, some of you will say install Thunderbird, or say wipe out XP and give her an account in Linux.  But she is not ready for a major change.  Maybe when we replace the old family PC.  What I might do is setup and account for her so she can start to learn Ubuntu Linux and compare it to Windows 7 when it is released in late October.


Templates in Evolution – Update

Well it turns out Evolution does have a template feature in version 2.26.1.  Here are the steps to create the templates:

  1. Create a new e-mail.
  2. Give it a Subject (this is also the name of the template.)
  3. Modify the body of the e-mail, include and special signatures. fig 1
  4. From the menu bar, click File, Save As Template.  fig 2

In your folder lists located in the left windows panel, you will see the folder Templates.  That folder may have been there before, I’m not sure and I don’t remember.  fig 3 In the Templates folder you will see the template e-mail you created.  fig 4

Now you can right-click an e-mail and respond with a template you designed!  fig 5 You can double click the template from the Templates folder and send a new message without it removing the message from the Templates folder. fig 1


Templates in Evolution

I moved everything over from Windows XP to Ubuntu, and finished getting most of everything migrated from Outlook to Evolution.  I have to admit, I am still working out some personal issues with it, but that’s another topic.

When I used Outlook, I had several templates created.  One for jokes to everyone, another for jokes to others, and another for work I do on the side.  I tried to save a joke template in Evolution, but i can’t seem to figure out how to access that template when I want to send out a joke to my family.  the only thing I saw so far was from Scott Morris in an article called Message Templates in Evolution. It is a good idea, but i was really looking for something where i can save a file to my Desktop and double-click it to open in Evolution and have it ready to go.

I’ll keep searching the Internet, but maybe this is something I can research and build myself.


Ubuntu 9.04

Well today is the day for Ubuntu 9.04!  When I get home from work, I will update from 9.04 RC. I hope it is not another 2 hour event.

I was disappointed about Evolution not having the ability to import PST files.  I install readpst sudo apt-get install readpst to convert the PST files to mbox format.  I was able to import each mbox file into Evolution, and only had a few instances where I lost an e-mail.  Unfortunately I have many sub-folders in my Inbox, because I like to sort my messages, and it is a real PINTA to go through each folder to import.

I also tried to import my Contacts too, but that did not go over well.  I tried Thunderbird, but I was not able to export the contacts correctly.  I’m sure it was something I was missing.  The export I did from Outlook did save the file, and I was able import the Contacts, but the data was in all different fields.  So now I have to cut and paste the information into the correct fields. once again, I’m sure it was something I missed.

I ordered the Ubuntu 9.04 CD so I can rebuild the system from scratch.  Maybe Ubuntu will have the import PST files into Evolution available by then.  Maybe I’ll keep searching the Internet to see if anyone has a fix.

E-mail Evolution

Happy Birthday G-mail

G-mail is 5 years old today!  I use G-mail with Evolution in Ubuntu using IMAP.  It works well, and I even searched for a script (which someone else wrote) to add calendar entries in Evolution to sync with G-mail.  Too bad I can’t access my G-mail from work.