Configure POP On Thunderbird 3.0

Since I upgraded Thunderbird to version 3.xx a little while ago, it automatically configured my Gmail account to IMAP. While there are benefits to IMAP, one of the disadvantages is that I cannot receive the same email twice from two different clients. I have Thunderbird at work with my Gmail account setup, and I also have Thunderbird at home where my Gmail account is also setup. Whichever email client receives the message using IMAP first, gets it. There is no “leave messages on server” option with IMAP. The solution is to go back to using POP, but with Thunderbird 3.0, that was even a chore to figure out. These two great resources explain how to do just that. and

Also, be sure to setup your Gmail accounts and use the recent mode

What percent of email is spam?

What percent of email is spam you ask? Since I work at a datacenter and ISP, we have a spam filter solution for tens of thousands of email accounts that filters 12 to 20 million emails per day. I came across this chart the other day that will give you a visual idea of what percent of email is spam. As of early 2009, 99.5% of all email passing through our spam filter is not delivered, or is flagged as spam. This is unbelievable! I can’t believe email actually works!

Unfortunately a lot of the time email doesn’t work. I run an online business and regularly our important message about a customer’s order is not delivered. We have two email accounts in use for the business, one of them a gmail account and both send in plain text. Important messages are sent to the customer twice, once through each account and very often neither message reached the customer’s inbox. Today the spam filters are doing an amazing job, but I feel there is a high probability that within a few years email will be on it’s way out because it’s not reliable and the spammers will reign.


Unable to automatically sort mail in folders with Thunderbird

I have about ten email accounts and have setup rules to sort mail into folders based on which account the mail is from in Thunderbird. This way, I don’t need an inbox, sent, trash, drafts, etc for every account. They all use a common sent, drafts, and trash folder. The annoying thing is, whenever the mail is moved by a rule into a folder, it sorts them by “order received” after the move, not the date received. My preferences are set to sort by date (view->sort by->date). Outlook does this by default. One of the annoyances I’m experiencing moving from outlook to Thunderbird. Anybody know how to do this without having to click the columns everytime?