Thunderbird And The Error “The messages could not be filtered to folder ‘Junk’ because another operation is in progress.”

For the past couple of months I’ve been using Thunderbird for my email, finally replacing Eudora. All in all, well worth the transition, especially with the way it handles spam (and in particular, the RegEx plugin FiltaQuilla). But lately, one message has been bugging me: The messages could not be filtered to folder ‘Trash’ because another operation is in progress. Needless to say, since my emails weren’t filtered, I had to do the work manually – very annoying. A bit … Continue reading

Too Much Puzzle For One Man (Or Woman)?

Just an extra puzzle piece, or some greater meaning? You decide… Continue reading

WordPress and XML-RPC With Visual BASIC .NET

My wife’s website is filled with photos she’s taken locally, and making sure they get up there handily is my job. Previously, she used a VB program I cobbled together to move photos from her various cameras onto the computer, then upload them to the site (lightbox style display on the Windows computer, FTP to upload the pics, etc). Unfortunately the final step, embedding the images in a post, was a quick hack (copy a link to the clipboard and … Continue reading

‘Think Python’ Excercise 12-6 – Optimized Solution?

I’m busy working my way through Think Python and doing the excercises when I found an especially interesting one: Exercise 12-6: Another ‘Car Talk Puzzler': What is the longest English word, that remains a valid English word, as you remove its letters one at a time? Now, letters can be removed from either end, or the middle, but you can’t rearrange any of the letters. Every time you drop a letter, you wind up with another English word. If you … Continue reading

A Word That Has Been ‘Literally’ Meaningless Since 1769

I like words – precisely placed, carefully sounded words than mean what they should, no more and no less. Obviously then the current fascination with the misuse of ‘literally’ is something I am very much aware of. Yes, I’m one of those folk – the kind that grit their teeth when ‘who’ and ‘whom’ are used interchangeably, get irritated when “it’s” is used as a possessive instead of a contraction, and remember that ‘like’ is a word meaning similar, or … Continue reading