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Fastmail Auto-Configure Chooses Wrong Port for Thunderbird

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I thought I'd stick this discovery here in the hopes that others would find it useful. I love Mozilla's Thunderbird email client. It does everything I want it to, including PGP/GPG via Enigmail, Calendering via Lightning, and Google contacts and Tasks via the Provider for Google Calendar extension. 

But I just couldn't get it to get all my folders to sync on Mint GNU/Linux. Only the top level INBOX would download. 

Turns out a "smart" engineer at Fastmail changed the auto-configure IMAP SSL port from 993 to 992 to get Thunderbird to work better with some non-compliant email programs, including Apple's Mail. I had tried every possible solution including subscribing to specific folders and renaming the root folder until I found this post:

Alternate Namespace in IMAP

It's a clever hack that makes Fastmail work better for Apple, Windows, and Blackberry users but it confuses the heck out of compliant client users who allow Fastmail to auto-configure settings.

Changing SSL port 992 to 993 fixes the problem.

It's okay to use the autoconfig - it works fine otherwise - but if you're not getting all your mail try switching ports. 993 is standard, 992 is a hack for some non-compliant clients. 




Just set up an automatic connection between this blog and my Telegram bot (



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Posting this on MY site and syndicating it to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Hoorah


Posting with Quill

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I'm writing this in the lovely Quill Editor by indieweb all-star Aaron Parecki. Kevin Marks posed the question in a tweet (I'm just including it to see how Quill handles the Twitter embed code):

We should debate this on TWiG next week. See also @leolaporte @ginatrapani

— Kevin Marks (@kevinmarks) May 13, 2015

Nice job, Quill!

Kevin points to his post on Known: Does UI affect writing style? I don't know about that, but it sure is nice to have a good WYSIWYG editor like Quill available for those who want it.

As for myself, I don't mind writing in half English, half HTML - I'm just used to it - and I don't think it makes much difference to the quality of my writing or style. But maybe that's because I'm not a writer. Jeff Jarvis might, indeed, prefer it. Anything that gets him using a POSSE system (where his posts lives on his site and syndicate elsewhere) is good in my book. It really bugs me that he puts some of his best writing on someone else's platform. Even if that's what he's done his whole life!

I also have to put in a plug for Aaron's OwnYourGram which I'm using to automatically copy all my Instagram posts here. (Ben Werdmuller says Instagram integration is a high priority for Known but without a publish API they're stuck).

Indieweb is, indeed, a wonderful thing. (And, by the way, it is a lot more fun to write posts in an elegant editor like Quill). 


The Medium Is the Message

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Kevin Marks says we can have nice things, like the Quill editor!


Posting this via Quill - - using Indieauth and Micropub.

Thanks to Ben Werdmuller who explained that I had to use not as the endpoint.


Want to send me an encrypted file? Here’s my miniLock public key: yRF4ZRBFr6QZkwPPB6D13oEvj5tJzpaA9WEjyXQCUi3hA (learn more at It's Steve Gibson approved!

But GPG/PGP is still the best for email:


Off to Vegas to celebrate Lisa's sister Debi's birthday. Back in time for The Tech Guy on Sunday.


So far I am loving the new Chromebook Pixel. No compromise i/o: keyboard, trackpad, and screen, noticeably zippy, 12-hour battery life.


Hey Known - what happened to the text editing toolbar in the Post windows?

Answer: nothing. I turned on the Markdown plug-in. D'oh!


New site, new home

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I've been playing around with the Known CMS since its authors, Ben Werdmuller and Erin Jo Richey, appeared on TWiG six months ago. I've run my own self-hosted version for a few months, but I've decided to support WithKnown by buying a Pro membership ($100/year - and worth it) and moving to their servers.

Known supports the POSSE philosophy: post on your site, syndicate elsewhere (those Indieweb folks love their acronyms). That means Known makes it easy for me to post to a site I own (here) and cross post to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Soundcloud, and more. And with strong support for web standards like pubsubhubbub, microformats,, web hooks, and the like, I know this will be a useful and fun place for me to make my home on the web.

Withknown also makes it very easy to export my data for use elsewhere. In fact, that's how I moved my stuff from my server to here. I'm not worried about the future of my content. And I was getting tired of maintaining my own server and software. 

I plan to use this site like a tumblelog. In other words, disposable stuff I want to keep. I hope you'll enjoy poking around here. Leave a comment if you have a mind to. 


Testing Javascript embedding

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Here's a lovely bit of Bach courtesy of SoundCiteJS and Withknown Pro. 


Deleted Twitter and Facebook from all my mobile devices and it feels so good! I just don't need the drama.


Excellent, if tragic, article by Kathy Sierra:

We have to do better folks.


Lisa's pictures from London. She wins. Again!

Life of Lisa Kentzell: London 2014


Lying in bed after a massive English breakfast trying to get motivated to get up and see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.


NB: TWiT will record an hour earlier today, 2p PDT. @baratunde @nickbilton will guest with @sggrc to talk about the bash vulnerability.


Testing an iFrame

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Ouch that hurts. Joshua Ho savages the new Moto X at Anandtech.