This one’s in the small print, but still:

Scientifically proven to assist with slow intestinal transit.


Internet Explorer for Linux

Or rather, a no mess no fuss approach to installing IE on your Linux desktop.

Why the hell would anyone want to do that? Haven’t I heard of Firefox? Other miscellaneous questions with a generally incredulous tone?

The reason is simple: Flash 8 (and those pesky non-compliant sites). Until macromedia get their asses into gear, this is what I have to resort to to get my weebls-stuff ‘On the Moon’ fix.

Migrate from Thunderbird to Evolution on Linux

This post is going up not because it is particularly interesting, but because Google failed to be particularly helpful in solving this problem for me.
If you want to do things the other way around (Evolution to Thunderbird) then you won’t be short of resources.

Evolution has an import tool, nestling away under File > Import
Go on. Try that. It looks promising.

The thing opens up and assures you that it will guide you through the process of importing external files into Evolution. You follow its prompts and check the box to import data and settings from older problems. You discover it has less use than expected.
Apparently it searches for setting from Netscape, which is what Thunderbird is based on. What gives?

At this point I went ‘Gah!’ and turned to my good friend Google. Google! Why have you forsaken me?

What I should have done was turn to Evolution’s internal help files. They don’t look immediately useful either, but on closer inspection you will find a section on Migration from Outlook to Evolution.
Now this is sort of silly, but to migrate from Outlook to Evolution, you first need to import your data into Mozilla Mail (which is (kind of) Thunderbird)).
The reason is some drivel about the necessary library only being available on windows.
Come on Novell, you know that’s stupid. If you expect people to migrate from MS products to OSS, then you need to make it simpler than that. But I digress.

Your Thunderbird mbox files are hiding out here (well, mine are):
~/.mozilla-thunderbird/(random letters)/Mail/Local Folders/

They are the files without extensions, with names like Inbox, Sent, Drafts and so on.
If you’ve gone and made nested subfolders in your inbox (or any other folder for that matter), you’re in for a frustrating time because it is necessary to import each mbox file individually (unless you can write a script to do it, but if you could then you wouldn’t be reading this poorly explained effort).
If you have subfolders in Inbox, change directory to Inbox.sbd
One again the mbox files will have the same name as your folders. You’ll have to import each one, one at a time.
Welcome to the suck!

Here is how you import an mbox file now that you’ve found them:
Back to that largely useless import tool I mentioned earlier. It has an ‘import single file’ option. Guess what?
That’s right. Then browse to the folder and open it. If you’re lucky, the stupid importer will recognise that the file is indeed in mbox format. It might not. I found that sometimes it did, and other times it didn’t. Keep trying until it works, or alternatively, smack your computer with a sledge-hammer. Your call.

Assuming it works, click ‘Forward’ and then select the destination folder. Fortunately you are given the option to create a new folder, so that may bring a little relief in your world of pain.

Enjoy, you masochist you!

The Ends Don’t Meet

Don’t you just hate it when that happens?
You have to go off and get a longer piece of rope.

What this actually means is that since Angie abandoned the “Caring” Colgate Company we haven’t exactly been paying the bills too successfully. Even the part-time work isn’t helping.
Thus, I have had to resort to selling my body for profit. Angie is a bit upset about this decision of mine, but if she doesn’t want to be a corporate whore, then she just has to accept that I’ll have to be a man-whore to maintain our lifestyle.

Enough with the blatant lies.

I have found permanent employment with a small environmental consultancy. They will pay me a predictable salary every month. Their offices are just down the road, so I’m thinking I should buy a bike and cycle to work (considering how ridiculous the petrol price is these days).
I start on Monday.

“About bloody time Robinson!” (Now you can’t say it)

Bucket Bean

Satan’s Poodle no longer looks like this, but she did for a while and she was not too pleased about it: oh no not at all.

She still made some effort to attack Mumphred, but it was with a lot less enthusiasm than usual. Eating was performed with difficulty, and sniffing the ground and running proved to be a little jarring at times.

Posted by Picasa The reason for the bucket: To stop Bean scratching her stitches out of her ear. The stitches were placed there to stop her from bleeding to death after having a malignant skin tumour removed. The vet says it shouldn’t recur and that there is unlikely to be cancer anywhere else in her body.
So all seems to be well, except my bank account.

You may also notice that I’ve used Picasa to post this. That’s because Picasa is now available for Linux (and on the topic of Google apps ported to Linux, so is Google Earth)