I’ve kept all of my e-mail since 1995, and I don’t have any intention of losing it just because I switch from a Mac to a PC. I needed to export my mail from Mailsmith and import it into Outlook. The process I came up with acutally works to import mbox files into Outlook from any program that can make .mbox files — including Netscape Mail, Apple Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, Pine, and, well, probably anything that runs on *nix systems.
Now, “some folks”:http://fkeeps.com/fmorph/fmindex.htm will want you to give them money to import your mail from an .mbox file into Outlook. My procedure has the positive side effect of being free.
Since I was using Mailsmith, and not something like Netscape Mail or Apple Mail that uses mbox files as its native store, I had to export everything first. Fortunately, BareBones provides “a simple Applescript to do just that”:http://www.barebones.com/support/technotes/tech_import_export.shtml.
Outlook won’t just go and import mbox files. It does import from Eudora, which uses .mbx files with associated .idx files that keep some sort of an index of something (I am too lazy to look inside). Eudora does import straight .mbox files and will generate .idx files for them. So, the “Light or Sponsored version of Eudora”:http://eudora.com/products/eudora/download/ is your friend, and our middle step in this process.
Eudora is very liberal in what it considers its mailstore; specifically, it will consider any .mbx file you put in your user folder as its mailstore and display it as a folder. To import all of your mbox files into Eudora, you just need to rename them with a .mbx file extension. You can “use the shell to do this”:http://www.secretaboutbox.com/site/articles/extensions.php.
Once Eudora’s open, you’ll need to open and rename each folder to make sure that Eudora builds an .idx file for it. Sadly (since I have 90-some folders), I couldn’t figure out a way to automate this. Probably would be a quick job with some Visual Basic and COM, if you already knew Eudora’s object model.
Now that Eudora has built an .idx file for each folder, Outlook will be more than happy to import all of your mail. For free!
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has gotten a lot of heat in the press lately for doing nothing. But, sometimes, nothing is the best thing to do. Like, specifically, when your Most Dominant Ever center wants to leave, your superstar guard is about to leave, your future Hall-of-Fame lock power forward may retire, and you’ve not yet signed a contract with a new coach.
Waiting can lead to many good things:
* Shaq is changeable; time may lead him to relent on his trade demand
* Kobe may leave at any moment; if he runs to the Clippers, Shaq may relent on his trade demand
* Rudy T is somebody who will be respected by both Shaq and Kobe, and may be able to mend fences after he is signed
* If Shaq can’t be kept, better he stay out-of-shape and disgruntled, and better his trade be delayed until the last moment so that he has the minimum possible amount of time to get used to his new teammates and system
Taking action now, while Jerry West-like, has some negative ramifications:
* Trade Shaq, but then maybe Kobe leaves?
* Trade Kobe, but then maybe Shaq leaves?
* Players are unloaded, then The Mailman retires?
It might have been great for Kupchak to do something decisive, if he’d really been in charge. But Buss specified keeping Kobe, so the GM was not in charge. You only got what you got to work with. Given the universe of options, I like what they’re doing, and predict a good outcome.
Why must everything take a few extra steps in Windows? Why must everything be hidden behind thre menu options or only accessable with a right-click? Why can’t things just be put nicely, cleanly, in one place? Why must everything important be controlled by an eensy-weensy icon in the bottom left of my screen? Why, why, why?
Yes, I’m talking to you, print server that requires me to change every single networking option on my computer to set you up. And you, shitty wireless router from Dell, you don’t help at all, dropping the signal all the time, requiring a hard reset. Why, my four-year-old Apple Airport gave me a stronger signal.
This is just a bitch for today. Tomorrow: “useful tips”:http://daringfireball.net/2004/05/writing_for_google.
So far, I actually like my new system pretty well. I’m configuring everything just the way I like it, and am becoming comfortable with Windows XP. Then Apple comes along and announces “Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger”:http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger/ and makes me jealous.
Tiger offers almost everything I am looking for in an operating system. In addition to all of the “wonderful things in OS X 10.2 Jaguar”:http://juniorbird.com/archives/000212.html, Tiger adds clever things like easy-to-hide little utilities, pervasive and fast search, real accessability, and an easy way to make automatic, repeatable tasks. Stuff that real people who really want to use their computers *better* can take advantage of. Stuff that Microsoft has promised for Longhorn, in 2006 or 2007.
So, I’ll be jealous for a bit. I’m sure that, when I start using the PC-only applications promised in my orientation packet, and start easily collaborating with my classmates, I’ll appreciate this PC.
Until then, oh yes, I’ll be plenty jealous.