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Getting the Most Out of Your Applications: Part 2 Mozilla Thunderbird

Turn Thunderbird into an Organizational and Communication Powerhouse

Goal: Take Mozilla’s Thunderbird and turn it into the digital secretary that you have always wanted.
If you don’t like (or want to pay for) Microsoft Outlook, you can still have a powerful, feature-packed communication / information organizer. Mozilla’s Thunderbird is a program that handles basic email needs superbly. While it’s pretty basic to start, it can be extended to do just about everything that Outlook can do, along with a few things Outlook can’t.
To replace Microsoft Outlook, you’ll need the big three features: Email, Contacts, and Calendaring.

We’ll do the following things with these features:

Email – Thunderbird does a great job of handling email, but you can tweak it into an email juggernaut by doing the following:

  • Combine Outlook’s folders with Gmail’s tags
  • Search the full text of your emails with the power of Google
  • Spell check and look up definitions of email text
  • Automatically zip file attachments to shrink email size
  • Create emails and schedule when they are automatically sent

Contacts – Thunderbird handles contacts, but they’re not integrated as seamlessly as Outlook’s. Until you do the following:

  • Set up an integrated Address Book that can be used for emails, calendar appointments, and more
  • Sync your Contacts with web services like Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, and more

Calendar – Thunderbird does not come with a built in calendar, but we’

  • Install an integrated calendar
  • Sync your calendar with web services like Google Calendar, Yahoo, and more
  • View and share online calendars from your friends and popular web services

Let’s do some customizing.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Software with Third Party Add Ons

Extend Your Favorite Applications

Six Part Series on Extending Your Favorite Software with Add Ons

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GOAL: Provide a list of add ons to help you turbo charge some of your most commonly used applications.

Even though many of the applications on my computer are great, I always feel like there are just a few things missing. Fortunately, a lot of frequently used applications allow third party Add Ons, Plugins, and Extensions to fill some of the voids left by the manufacturers.

Put your applications on some serious performance enhancing drugs that won’t get detected on any test.

We’ll wring every last drop of juice out of the following applications:

  1. Microsoft Outlook
  2. Mozilla ThunderBird
  3. Skype VOIP Software
  4. Apple iTunes
  5. Mozilla Firefox
  6. The Best of the Rest

What I will be covering for each application:

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New Features O’ Plenty – Early Christmas for the Readers

Several New and Improved Features Added to Improve VitaminCM

I was starting to get a little frustrated with some of the site’s layout and features recently, so I decided to do a major overhaul. Over the last week or so, I tested out and deployed sever updates that should make your reading experience a little more enjoyable.

New Site Layout Template

I was getting tired of the old layout and some of the bugs that I was experiencing, so I went with this new one. I hope that it works well for you guys. I think that it is a little heavy on the ads, so I’m thinking of scaling them back soon.

New Site Navigation and Pages

I added a few new pages and relocated some of the clutter out of the sidebars. The Categories and Archives are now in drop down lists. There is also a page that list all of the categories. The Blogroll has been completely removed from the sidebar and now has its own page (Recommended Sites). I also made the About and Contact pages a little more prominent. Seriously, do contact me, I love to talk.

VitaminCM.com New Site Navigation and Pages

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I Just Upgraded to WordPress 2.3

Upgrading to the New Version Was a Snap

I was reading a post about the new version of WordPress (the software that I use to maintain this site) and some of the cool new featurs. So, I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade. This was kind of a scary proposition, because if it all blew up, I’m kinda screwed.

I decided to make things easy by using a plugin that would do everything automatically. I used the WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plugin to perform the process. Here are the intructions.

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