|Upgrading to Thunderbird 3 - wednesday 2009-12-30 2316||last modified 2009-12-31 0123|
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Maybe one of the drawbacks of open source software you can modify into behaving the way you want is an extra drag of keeping those modifications up to date. At the beginning of the month, Thunderbird, my mail client of choice, released version 3.0, two and three-quarters years after version 2.0 was first released. I believe their plan is to release more often, but hopefully the long interim between 2.0 and 3.0 brought the API to a stable point that doesn't require quite as much change on developers' parts with each release.
I keep most of my extensions available on addons.mozilla.org, which tells me I have around 40,000 downloads for the software, not counting downloads from my site and from other third-party re-publishers. Four are now up to date, though not all have been editorially reviewed and published to that effect:
And now there's a new one to join the ranks: SortPref, to allow changing defaults regarding message sorting. I prefer to sort chronologically so the newest message is at the top; this helps me accomplish that and allows me to change my mind easily later.
The most technical part for the end. Here's how to extract any entities from a XUL file and prepare a blank DTD for filling in strings that correspond to the entities from the command line: