Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thunderbird IMAP and attachment issues

We setup the scanner portion of our office printer/scanner/fax machine today. Upon scanning, the printer/scanner/fax images the document, saves it as a PDF and emails out to whomever you picked to send the image to. I received the PDF in my email in my client of choice, Thunderbird (version (20071031) using IMAP) and when attempting to open it, received the following error message from Adobe Acrobat reader:

"The was an error opening this document. The file is damaged and could not be repaired"

I downloaded an alternative Win32 PDF reader, Foxit Reader, and gave that a shot, only to receive a similar message. I contacted a colleague who also received the test message to find out she was able to open the PDF with no issues using Outlook. With that info, I went to my webmail client and was able to open the PDF file with no issue. So the problem was with Thunderbird.

After a quick Google search, I found several postings from other folks with a similar predicament, mostly from attempting to hook Thunderbird to the new released Gmail IMAP ports. I came across the following nugget of information which immediately corrected my problem....

Original source thread

In the "about:config" section of Thunderbird (Tools > Options > Advanced > Config Editor) look for the "mail.imap.fetch_by_chunks" and " mail.server.default.fetch_by_chunks" values and set them to "False".

Mozillazine gives some more information about what this value actually does here

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Oracle Mix

Saw on the Oracle AppsLab blog a reference to Oracle Mix. I signed right up because I like the direction Oracle is taking with trying to encourage and foster a tighter sense of community among itself and its users. I am hoping this is one step closer to creating an environment where the community (especially on the apps side) can share and contribute projects openly (i.e., sourceforge).

So if you are interested, invite me to join your group in the Mix.


OpenWorld 2007 - Day 0

Great day for a drive to San Francisco. Joe took me detour past the old Oracle headquarters in Belmont on Davis Drive where he used to work.

Check-in was a breeze cause we are alum. Oracle doesn't give out much swag at all, go we got the usual book bag, notepad, umbrella and various adverts.

We made it to the keynote at 5:45PM to hear Larry recount the history of Oracle. He even showed a pic of the old offices in Belmont (the ones we toured earlier in the day). Some of the ex-cast of Saturday Night Live (Kevin Nealon, Darrell Hammond, and I can't remember the other one) where there to add some humor to the mix.

The reception after the keynote had the usual food and drink.

Up tomorrow...

08:30-10:15 - Keynote Charles Phillips
11:00-12:00 - Intro to Oracle BI Publisher
12:30-13:30 - Oracle SOA Suite Best Practices
14:00-14:45 - Keynote ?
15:15-16:15 - Highlights of Agile PLM
16:45-17:45 - Ready, Set, XML - Using Oracle XML Data
18:00-19:00 - Keynote ?
19:30- - OTN Night

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Oracle OpenWorld 2007

Been buried the last several weeks working on our HCM 8.9 Absence Manage implementation. This project is quite a change from the usual since there hasn't been much technical work to date, most of the time has been focused on validating formulas and other setup data.

I am scheduled to be at OpenWorld next week and am very excited to be attending. There are lots of good sessions held by Oracle and I feel fortunate to be able to attend sessions held by big name folks like Tom Kyte, Jim Marion, Shay Shmeltzer, et al. I also have a list of questions that I hope to get some potential answers too from the experts roaming in the exhibit hall.

The best thing about conferences like this is the energy. You can't help but get excited and energized about technology and the potential it has. Compare this to a typical morgue-like day at work, and I always come back wishing everyday was an OpenWorld day.