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A while back some of my family switched their ISP from Qwest to Cox. I had recently sent an email directly to one family member and they had replied back that it went to their old ISP’s email at qwest.net. I was a bit baffled that the address was still active as it had been several months since they have switched. A bounce-back would very much welcomed here. Even more baffling though was I knew I had removed their old address and put their new address in my Thunderbird address book. I just went to send them another message and right as I was getting ready to click the send button I noticed the to address was their qwest.net address. I deleted what was in the To: field and started typing in their name. Both addresses showed in the drop-down.

After selecting the correct address and sending off the message, I went into my Thunderbird address book and confirmed I only had their cox.net address. However, I noticed in the left column another ‘address box’ called Collected Addresses. I looked through this address box and there was their qwest.net address.

I sorta knew what the Collected Addresses were but wanted to find out more. A Google search on the topic turned up a lot of information, but not so much from Mozilla. I did find a good description at the Cornell University site:

Collected Addresses is a special address book that Thunderbird maintains without any effort on your part. It is made up of every e-mail address to which you’ve sent a message, whether in To, Cc, or Bcc. (You can control how Collected Addresses works through an option setting.)

As installed, Collected Addresses is a convenience in that, once you’ve typed in an address, you’ll never have to type in that address again. As you start to type it, Thunderbird will find it for you.

More searching (again not much from Mozilla without having to really dig deep into their discussion forums) I found The Unofficial How-To Blog for Thunderbird. You can disable the automatic addition of ‘collected addresses’. From Thunderbird go to Tools > Options… (Mac: Thunderbird > Preferences | Linux: Edit > Preferences) and click on the Composition tab. At the bottom is an option to Automatically add outgoing e-mail addresses, uncheck this option.

So now I have removed their old address from Thunderbird completely and also stopped having Thunderbird collect addresses. Quick tip, in Thunderbird 3.0 and newer clicking the star next to the sender’s name will allow you to add them to your address book.

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Mozilla Messaging has release the fourth update for Thunderbird 3.1 based on the Gecko 1.9.2 platform. Also an update for Thunderbird 3.0 has also been released. According to Mozilla Developer’s News, these releases address stability problems affecting a limited number of users.”

For more information and to download:

Next up will be Thunderbird 3.0.9 and 3.1.5 on/around October 12th.

There are times depending on what is running in the background and other Internet activity that Thunderbird (or Firefox) may get bogged down and a JavaScript may take a little longer than normal to complete. Users will get a warning similar to the one below advising that the script is unresponsive. The reason for this is because the application thinks the script is running wild and never going to finish processing thus causing the application to freeze and/or crash. This is very similar to Windows Task Manager warning you that an application is not responding, but the application is just a bit bogged down (which commonly happens with JavaScript) and needs more time to finish what it is doing.

The ‘fix’ for this is fairly simple, just increase the amount of time before a script is considered ‘unresponsive’. This can be done in both Thunderbird and Firefox via the Config Editor… (Thunderbird) and about:config (Firefox):

Thunderbird

  1. Go to Tools >> Options…
  2. Click on the Advanced tab on top
  3. At the bottom of the window is a section Advanced Configuration
  4. Click on the Config Editor… button at the lower right
  5. In the Config Editor… type dom.max_script_run_time in the Filter field
  6. Double click the entry and in the in the pop-up box type 20 and press enter
  7. Close the window

Firefox

  1. In a new tab type about:config in the address bar and press enter
  2. In the about:config manager type dom.max_script_run_time in the Filter field
  3. Double click the entry and in the in the pop-up box type 20 and press enter
  4. Close the tab

Source: Itchy Hands

When Thunderbird 2.0.0.24 Released back in mid-March, this was the last planned update for the 2.0.0.X trunk. Mozilla Messaging confirmed yesterday that there will indeed be no further updates for Thunderbird 2. Users are encouraged to upgrade to Thunderbird 3.


Source: dmose’s blog

We’ve Moved (Again)

Posted: April 2, 2010 in Blogs, General Thunderbird

Back in April 2009 we moved this blog off of the WordPress platform and on to GoDaddy’s Quick Blogcast platform. The year has come to an end and I have decided to move this blog back over to WordPress. While the Quick Blog did have some nice features such as font formatting, I just found it lacking in other areas. I’ve been using WordPress.com for nearly 4-years so I am more familiar and use to working with this platform.

I have re-posted most of the release related entries from the past year. I did not bother re-posting the recaps with the exception of the Mid March and the April 2010 recaps. Entries prior to April 2009 were copied over from our Firefox Blog.

Mozilla Messaging has release the fourth update for Thunderbird 3.0. The new Thunderbird 3.0.4 update includes several security and stability updates [Thunderbird release notes]. Thunderbird 2.0 and older users should upgrade by downloading Thunderbird 3.0.4 directly via http://getthunderbird.com. Thunderbird 3.0 users should be prompted to update within the next 48-hours or can do so manually via Help >> Check For Updates…

Source: Mozilla Developers News

Mozilla Messaging has released the first Beta of Thunderbird 3.1, code named Lanikai. This release includes:

From the release notes:

  • Several fixes to improve upgrading from Thunderbird 2.
  • Several fixes for auto complete, tabs, and activity manager.
  • Several design improvements and corrections to the interface.
  • Stability and memory improvements.


You can try Thunderbird 3.1 from Mozilla Messaging available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in 25 languages.

Source: Mozilla Links