Re: Giving Up on Thunderbird!
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From: Gene via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:02 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Giving Up on Thunderbird!
I don't know why you are having the problem. Clearly, this isn't a general
problem. If it was, there would be a lot of discussion from others long
before now, as you say the problem has been going on for months. I've tried
Thunderbird recently and have no such problems either with the current
version or a recent version.
It sounds to me as though something has been corrupted. Rather than trouble
shoot, you may want to try the portable version of the program. Or you may
want to try uninstalling and reinstalling the program. I haven't done this,
but I don't think your mail or addressbook will be lost. I don't know if
anything else will such as add-ons or message rules.
The portable version has significant advantages and I think switching to it
is a very good idea.
First, you can easily try different versions. You don't have to install and
uninstall different versions, nothing is installed with the portable
version. That's one of the main points of portable versions of programs,
you can run them from anything, a thumb drive, an external hard drive, and
on any machine you wish.
If something goes wrong with the program, you can delete the copy you are
running, and copy a backup, which you have kept current, to the location you
usually run the program from.
Also, if the program updates, you can still have the backup of the current
version available. If you don't want to use the update, you can simply
delete it and copy the backup of the old version to the location where you
run the program from. Set the program not to automatically update, but to
warn you when an update becomes available and let you choose whether to
update to avoid the program you want to run as an older version from
updating when you don't want it to. Make this change when you first install
the program and it will be retained in future updates and in the backup
copies you make.
From: Rich DeSteno
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:59 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Giving Up on Thunderbird!
It has been many months now that the Thunderbird email program has been
very difficult to use with a screen-reading program. Prior to that, I
used Thunderbird successfully for many years. I mostly use NVDA with
it. For some months now, I often lose speech and the program slows down
to an agonizing crawl. The apparent downloading of email is announced
one by one, choking off the speech you actually want to hear. At times,
I have not even been able to accomplish anything for many minutes due to
these problems. I disabled the mail and status toolbars, but that did
not help. Over the last day or two, it appears that the problem has
gotten even worse. Unless someone can suggest a solution to these
problems, I am ready to give up on this program. Thus, I would be
interested in hearing recommendations for an email program that actually
works well with screen-reading software, including NVDA. Thanks.
Rich De Steno