Three ways to backup your Thunderbird's mail

This article will present three ways of backing up the e-mails stored with Thunderbird. This could be needed for safety or to recover from a computer outage.

The examples will use Thunderbird 3 on Windows XP. But this should apply to any Thunderbird version. The files location may vary according to the OS you’re running.
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Using OpenBSD as a workstation

With the upcoming release of OpenBSD 4.9 and my previous testings with SOGo, I decided to give it a try as a workstation environment. I used OpenBSD for quite a while ; but this was decades before. If I’m right, this was about 2002. I was using stuff like WindowMaker, Sylpheed-Claws or Mutt (depending on the day mood), Mozilla or Lynx and XMMS. At this time, I was a SysAdmin so this was perfect are far from enough compared to Windows 2000. But nowadays, I’m a father storing loads photos and rendering personal week-end movies. I’m still a bit of a g33k ; after all, who would blog on using such OS…

But let’s see if Open Source software can do the trick.
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Create another semi-pro HTML newsletter

In the previous “Create your semi-pro HTML newsletter” article, we’ve seen how to use an HTML template to create and send newsletters. We also seen that, sometimes, it doesn’t render nicely.

This article is going to give you directions that should correct this.
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Create your semi-pro HTML newsletter

We’ve already seen how to create a PDF newsletter and how to create a HTML newsletter from within Thunderbird. Both methods work but neither are, nowadays, used in the professional world.

First of all, the PDF method is destination independent but requires some PDF generator and provides the user with a mail saying “here’s the information”. The second method is closest to the “Web 2.0” user experience. But the native editor we used is quite complicated to use and generated moderate sexy outputs.

In the article, I’ll detail how to achieve semi-pro newsletter such as the one you get from on-line vendors.
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Create your personal HTML newsletter

We’ve recently seen how to create your personal PDF newsletter. It is quite a nice way of dealing with newsletter. However, you may wish to send e-mail containing the newsletter rather than email with an attaches.

In this article, I’ll show you how to produce the newsletter straight from your e-mail client. Because I’m an Open Source software believer, I’ll show you how to do it using Mozilla Thunderbird. Other mail client should work but, this time, you’re on your own.
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