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Hi, My name is Tim Z Falconer. I'm an audio-visual systems integration engineer and open source enthusiast. Despite having worked as a programmer for short stints here and there, my main career path has been "Video Enginer". I work for the University of California, San Francisco, as the Sr. Television Engineer. For the last year, I have devoted much of my time to developing A/V control systems, using Crestron's "SIMPL Windows" graphical programming environment, and occasionally getting my feet wet in Crestron's SIMPL+ text-based programming environment.

I'm here now because I have a bug in Thunderbird, and I have not been able to figure out where to even start! The article for the multiple SMTP Servers for Thunderbird has a link to a bug, supposedly fixed. The fix type is "PATCH" but I have not been able to find any information on how to install this patch within the MozillaZine. The bug referred to is apparent in my current installation of Thunderbird 1.0.6 (20050716). When I search mozillaZine for "Patch" I get only a link to "watch", which is an empty article. Searching for "howto" and "howto patch" give me nothing. I can understand that in the mozillaZine Wiki environment, "howto" might be archaic and useless; but as "howto" is an internet standard, perhaps there should be a page explaining this.

HOW does one use a patch?

Is the above-referred patch integrated into Thud-erbird (sic) 1.0.6 (20050716)? If so, why does it not work on my machine (Dell Latitude D800, Windows XP Pro, SP1, 128MB/40GB)

What is the proper way to report a bug when the bug has reportedly already been squashed? If there's a patch for it does it mean that the patch is in the current code tree or does it mean something else?

Please feel free to email me with comments or guidance, but please, no abuse, I really have tried to figure this out! I am NOT a professional programmer, I'm a working engineer who can only contribute by reporting my experiences. I am pleased when the conduit for doing so is clear and results in dialogue or bug-guts on the REAL developers' fingertips. I would love it if I had the time to actually execute the fix myself; but for better or worse, I am not currently in posession of the time or knowledge to efficiently take this task on.

sincerely, tzf

Wintogreen Exposes His/Her/Its Arseholier-than-thou attitude in Public

Please don’t ask support questions or make feature requests here on the Knowledge Base pages (read why). Try the MozillaZine Forums instead. Thanks! As for how to contribute to the knowledge base, please click on the Main Page link and then read everything at the top of the page. --wintogreen

My Attitude back at ya


Blow Me. This is MY user page. I can write WHATEVER THE FUCK I WANT in my user page, perhaps subject to some policy restrictions, like not capitalizing the word "FUCK" when you use it. Fine, the policy may state that QUESTIONS should not be used in "KNOWLEDGEBASE PAGES", but note that this is not a "KNOWLEDGEBASE PAGE," it is a USER PAGE. If you choose to ignore my pleas for direct communication and information, at least try to restrain yourself from being so completely NON-HELPFUL in your EMERGENT EXPOSITION OF YOUR KNOWITALLNESS of Wikiality. If I had not read that which you referred to, I would not be distressed at my inability to accomplish my goals. I wouldn't say things like what I said about reading 'n' shit. True, another year or so of MediaWiki usage has answered all of my MediaWiki usage questions. But no thanks to you. If you aren't going to help, shut it.

Like I said, blow me. I mean that, sincerely.

Tzf 02:01, 5 August 2006 (UTC)