Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thunderbird Deleted all my Deleted Items!

It's not the double-negative that it sounds like.  I "delete" all my emails (that have been actioned) so they go into my Deleted Items folder in Outlook, for reference at a future date.

However, I then started using Ubuntu at work meaning Outlook was no longer an option.  There is the Outlook web view, but as far as I can tell there's no search feature.  Being the modern techno-geek radical that I am, I thought Thunderbird would be a good idea, at least for the search facility.

Initially it went well, but then I noticed that the contents of my deleted items had disappeared: 5 years worth of emails (about 9,000 emails in all)!

The problem seemed to stem from the fact that I had "Empty Trash on Exit".  I naively thought that this meant it would empty the Trash folder on exit, but Thunderbird, presumably trying to be clever and helpful, decided that my "Deleted Items" folder was my trash, not the actual Trash folder.  Er, thanks.  Back to Outlook it is then.  I just hope I can recover them all.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Good Review!

While it's nice to make a bit of cash from my apps, getting a good review is always great; I don't think many users appreciate how much effect they can have on a developer; a crap review (especially nonconstructive ones) can be a real downer.  Even the most basic app takes days of work, and when they are given away free but a user still leaves a crude review like "this is rubbish", it makes you think "What is the point?".

Conversely, getting a good review is great and really makes it all worthwhile.  Here's a humdinger that I received a few days ago for UK Traffic Alerts.  I've taken a screenshot since it could well get superseded by (hopefully) just as gushing reviews.

Whoever Peter is, I thank you!.