October 26, 2004

Thunderbird News & Blogs Virtual Memory Leak

I really like the News & Blogs RSS aggregation feature in Thunderbird. Particularly how it loads the webpage instead of just the article summary. However, I think there may be a virtual memory leak. I have about 30 feeds that check for updates every 60 minutes. If I leave Thunderbird running for a few days, particularly over the weekend, the memory and virtual memory usage keeps adding up:


I've even had a few "Out of Virtual Memory" Windows errors. I've had this error in Thunderbird 0.8 and the Oct 21st nightly. And on both my home (XP) and work (W2K Server) machines.

Anyone else have the same issue? Is there a bug for this? I'll ask here since Bugzilla search is pretty much useless.

Posted by pinder at 9:42 AM | Comments (5)

October 21, 2004

New Thunderbird Feature: Message Grouping

The Outlook-ification of Thunderbird continues with Bug 263255 - Improve thread pane UI for message grouping in for 0.9. Here's a screenshot from the bug:


I don't mind since I liked that feature in Outlook. I'm not sure if it's in the nightly builds yet though since I can't find where to turn it on. Maybe it hasn't been turned on yet.

Posted by pinder at 10:12 AM | Comments (6)

October 20, 2004

Firefox and Rendering Slashdot

I've been getting this error viewing various pages at Slashdot with Firefox on and off since about version 0.8.


Hitting refresh renders the page properly though. Is this an issue with Firefox or with Slashdot's ancient markup?

Posted by pinder at 12:44 PM | Comments (20)

October 18, 2004

FTP client for Firefox: fireFTP

I get asked about once a week what's a good free FTP client. Now I can point them to fireFTP, a plugin an extension that gives you an FTP client in Firefox.


Posted by pinder at 7:17 PM | Comments (16)

Gmail-like Labels Coming to Thunderbird

Bug 261199 - UI for defining and editing virtual folders details how Thunderbird developers are working on implementing Gmail-like labels for 0.9. Basically you enter a few search terms and a folder to search on and the results appear in a folder.

Here's a screenshot.

Posted by pinder at 9:51 AM | Comments (12)

October 15, 2004

Get Google Desktop to Support Firefox

Google recently released Google Desktop (for Windows users), as you are probably already aware. Google Desktop is a "desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, computer files, chats, and the web pages you've viewed."


The hang-up: the program searches web data — e.g. cached pages and bookmarks — in only one browser, Internet Explorer.

Where you come in: Google has provided a feature request form and specifically the option to request support for Mozilla Firefox. Get to submitting. And if you have another minute of time to spare, offer Mozilla Thunderbird as an additional request in the "Suggestion" text box.

Pinder, does this entry qualify as a spin-off to the Google Browser trilogy?

Update: A F.A.Q. entry has been created by Google Desktop — possibly in response to many directed questions — with information on the current status of compatibilty between the browser and the search application.

Posted by jonathan at 2:54 PM | Comments (14)