Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Accessing Hotmail from Thunderbird

Nope. Not possible yet. This is the one thing that I would categorize as a missing feature. Since I can connect to Hotmail using Microsoft Outlook Express or Microsoft Office Outlook, I would expect to be able to do the same using Thunderbird as well. But Thunderbird can connect using POP or IMAP protocols. HTTP is none of the options. I wish the Mozilla people add this feature to Thunderbird in their future release. Cheers.

Thunderbird Gmail Configuration

Configuring Thunderbird 1.5.0.8 to receive emails from my Gmail account proved to be challenging for me. I configured my account exactly as outlined by the Gmail Help Center http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=38343. It didn't work for me, however. I was continuously receiving error "Failed to connect to email server gmail.google.com". It turned out that I had configured Thunderbird to use my proxy server. In order for the configuration as outlined in Gmail Help Center, you'll need to select Direct Connection to the Internet option (Go to Tools > Options... On General tab click Connection Settings...). After you do this, you should be able to send and receive email thru your gmail account. And, yes, I am behind an ISA firewall. Cheers!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Digital Signatures Simplified

For simplified information on how digital signatures work, please follow this link: http://www.youdzone.com/signature.html. I've not seen information on digital signatures that is more easy to follow and comprehensive than found on the above link. Cheers.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

My Mobile Phone Gets Snatched!

Yesterday night around 2115 hrs, when I reached near my home, getting back from office, two robbers, riding a bike, approached me suddenly. One of them, aiming at me with a loaded pistol, demanded that I surrender my mobile phone and wallet. I, surprised in shock, obeyed (what else could I do in front of a loaded gun; after all it was real life not a movie). I requested them to give me back my purse after getting the money. The robbers took my mobile phone, got money out of my purse (about Rs.300), thrown the purse on the field, and went off on their bike. God! With my mobile I've lost hundreds of very, very important phone numbers. This is where you understand how important it's to back-up your important data. Unfortunately, I have no backup of the phone numbers :( Anyways I lodged complaint of the incident soon afterwards. It was a really bad experience. According to a news I read couple of days back, around 3,000 mobile phones are snatched daily across Pakistan! Since I am all okay, thanks God, I'll end this blog with cheers :) Cheers.