On our HP pavilion we run Windows XP and use Thunderbird 1.5.x as the mail client. Thunderbird has worked well overall, but there were a few problems that we saw with Thunderbird on Windows that I never saw when we were running Thunderbird 1.0.x under Debian and on my new laptop, where I run Thunderbird 1.5.x on Ubuntu.
One of the most annoying problems was that when an image is received in a message, if you try to forward the message using Thunderbird on Windows XP, the image does not arrive with the message. The recipient of the message reports back that they just see an “x” where the image is supposed to be.
I looked at the HTML of one of these messages a long time ago, and saw some strange xml attribute that appeared to be disabling images on thunderbird — I don’t recall the actual attribute name, but it was enough for me to decide that fixing the problem might involve a setting somewhere in Thunderbird. A search through all the menus and options turned up no solution.
Finally, I was about to convert the HP over to Microsoft Outlook. But that made problems for the users, who complained that now they were going to have to learn a whole new email client! This, coupled with the fact that I don’t know much about Outlook myself, sent me back into research mode.
I searched Google for combinations of Windows, Thunderbird, pictures, images, etc. Finally a search for “Thunderbird cannot forward picture” brought me to a forums.mozillazine.org discussion titled But # 315615 Fixed or Not??.
This confirmed that Thunderbird 1.5.x has a bug involving forwarding images. The bug apparently has been fixed somewhere in the Version 1.8.x line of code, which is available for download and building in the Mozilla development archive. The fix that has been implemented applies the type of functionality that exists in “Reply” and “Reply to All” to the “Forward” function.
And there I saw the temporary work-around! If you want to forward images using Thunderbird 1.5.x on Windows XP, the solution is to click “Reply,” then change the “To” address to the addresses of whichever new people you want to receive the pictures. Try it. It works!
I needed to do some work in Fortran, optimizing a little mathematical function. I had gcc, but apparently not g77, installed on my Debian “unstable” platform. The attempt to install g77 failed, and I didn’t have much time, so I immediately switched to my Windows/Ubuntu laptop, and booted into Ubuntu.
On the laptop, I installed g77 with not much problem. I had to repair the first install, because some files weren’t found. Running:
sudo apt-get -f install
But when I tried to compile my little Fortran program, I got an error message that is apparently common on Debian platforms:
/usr/bin/ld: crt1.o: No such file: no such file or directory
A search on the internet found pages such as this lists.debian.org page on the topic Trouble with fortran compiler, which asks: “Is libc6-dev package installed?”
Good question! Apparently it wasn’t. So, I installed it with:
sudo apt-get install libc6-dev
then executed my compile statement:
No error messages appeared, and an executable a.out program was produced. I had a working Fortran compiler.