We recorded this on Sunday September 3rd 2023. We met in person again, and as before first visited the pub called The Steading where we had lunch. Then we adjourned to Dave's car in the car park, and recorded a chat.
The name "Steading" is another (Scots?) version of "Farmstead", and means the same. It's also an anagram of "Sedating"1, so ...
- Dave is using version Thunderbird 115.1.1 which is a rewrite of the original series where the API has now changed a lot.
- Long-used add-ons now no longer work:
- A favourite was Mailbox Alert which triggered sound alerts (or others) then mail arrived in a folder - so this could be after filtering. This was much more useful than the traditional "You have mail" type alerts.
- Discussion of tags:
- MrX mentions tags, meaning bits of text that can be attached to messages and used to classify them and to search for them.
- In Gmail there are labels which can do this and these can be used to group messages regardless of folders
- Thunderbird also has this concept which it calls tags. It comes with pre-defined tags such as Important and To Do, but more tags can be added. Any message can be given one or more tags. The filtering system can add tags as a message is processed. Searches can be performed on tags also.
- Dave is an enthusiast of nested folders with filters to classify messages. MrX is keen on using tags for the same purpose. Dave mentioned Thunderbird's saved search feature (which he wrongly called virtual mailboxes) which can collect messages according to many criteria, including tags.
- Some discussion about mail message storage strategies: file per message, mbox format, etc.
- MrX's dog has brought some ticks back from recent walks.
- Scotland seems to be a bit worse off for ticks in recent years.
- Hikers need to protect against them and to perform checks that they are not on clothes. Wearing long socks or gaiters over long trousers can help.
- Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection that can be passed by ticks.
- This Week in Parasitism recently talked about an unpleasant disease caught from ticks, Babesiosis (not bacterial as Dave thought, but caused by a protozoan). This was in the USA; the disease doesn't seem to be in the UK at the moment.
- Removal of ticks needs a tool or a fine pair of tweezers.
- Edinburgh Festival and Festival Fringe:
- MrX attended a show by Michael Shafar, the comedian
- Dave hasn't been to much at the Festival/Fringe in recent years. He saw the Doug Anthony All Stars when they were active many years ago, and found them funny but intimidating!
- HPR changes:
- Mentioned on the recent HPR Community News
- Problem reports can be sent by email to
HPR, as messages to
@email@example.com Mastodon, and to the
#hpr:matrix.orgchannel on Matrix.
- Watching and listening:
- YouTube recommendations:
- Not Just Bikes:
- A channel about cycling and city design. The channel owner is Canadian but has moved to Amsterdam for a better life for himself and his family. He highlights the differences between North American city design and the design of many European cities.
- Example video: Even Small Towns are Great Here (5 Years in the Netherlands)
- Not Just Bikes:
- Site migration update (Community News for August 2023)