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So long ThunderBrowse!

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Hey everyone.

It’s been years since my last update. I used to develop ThunderBrowse in my spare time when I was in middle/high school, which seems like forever ago. As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I’m officially ending the project. Unfortunately, I no longer use Thunderbird, which lead to waning development a few years back before ceasing completely.

The website still goes on, and will likely stay for maybe another year or so. If you still use ThunderBrowse and it works well enough for you, you can continue using it, but be aware there are no new updates, and if something breaks with a newer version of Thunderbird, I won’t fix it. I’ll admit the code is fairly basic, and doesn’t hold up well (I was young and made a lot of mistakes, ha), so the likeliness of something breaking is fairly high.

I really appreciate everyone’s support and help over the years, especially when I needed it most. Thanks to everyone who pointed out bugs and helped contribute to the project. Additional thanks to the folks over at Babelzilla for their help with translations as well. I’d also like to thank the AMO moderators for helping along as well as awarding ThunderBrowse with an editor’s choice placement. Cheers to anyone who helped out with code or submitted potential fixes, really appreciate that. This thank you also extends to anyone else I forgot (I know there are likely many).

This statement officially ends support for ThunderBrowse (even though it has been years). Ads will be turned off, and donations will be rejected. The start page will redirect to if you still use the TB start page. I’d fix the entry on AMO but I don’t have a way of getting into my account.

Thank you all for using ThunderBrowse.


Some really bad news

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

UPDATE: Laptop is back! Thanks to everyone who helped out.

So last night my laptop died. It started losing power and then sparks started flying out of the pin. I’m hoping it didn’t fry the board or something.

Long story short, I lost my laptop during a backup event, which means I only saved about 2GB of data before the lappy died. Of course that 2GB was the entirety of my demo videos.

Where does this put me? I have to send the laptop in, but before I do that, I need to remove the hard drive and attempt to get all the data from the drive (the laptop company will wipe the hard drive clean) before I need to send it in. Downside, I don’t have any hard drive that is big enough to image my laptop, nor do I have enough money to buy a new hard drive and an encasing for the laptop drive. I’m basically out of luck because I have no money.

I also lost my free Amazon Prime Student last week, so I’m going to have to pay more to get the new hard drive here quicker.

Worst night ever.

I’m estimating that I’m going to need about 120 dollars to do this. I’m looking at this drive to use for backups, which is now on my Amazon wishlist.

If you could help me out, that would freaking great.

UPDATE: Thanks to some awesome donations I was able to get a harddrive and the mounts I needed to mirror my drive. I have sent it back to the company for repairs. Sorry for the late update, I’ve been without internet for awhile.


Saturday, April 16th, 2011

It’s official! ThunderBrowse has gotten over one million downloads! YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Thanks to all of you who have downloaded, supported, donated to, wrote about and continue to use ThunderBrowse, you are all winners!

New steps to getting plugins to work

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

So if nothing else has been working for you, then try the following:

  1. Open about:config (you can do this by typing in about:config in the url bar for ThunderBrowse or via Tools < Options < Advanced < General < Config Editor)
  2. In the filter bar, type plugin
  3. Verify the following settings are set to these values:
    • plugin.scan.plid.all to true
    • plugin.disable to false
    • mailnews.message_display.allow.plugins to true
  4. Restart Thunderbird.

This should get everything working. I don’t think I have this set on my main dev machine, and I’ve been having problems with plugins but have been too busy to investigate it. I’m pretty sure I haven’t changed this pref on my main machine, which would mean this might be a bug that was fixed in Thunderbird.

Either way, that should do it. I’ve updated the settings code so it will modify these preferences as well.

State of ThunderBrowse

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Hi guys!

As you may know, I haven’t updated the site or ThunderBrowse in awhile. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m currently a student at DigiPen and as such, I am always busy. I’ve been receiving a lot of emails recently saying that ThunderBrowse isn’t working as expected with the newest Thunderbird release. I’m also getting emails saying that ThunderBrowse has “broken my emails”. I’m going to state for the last time that ThunderBrowse DOES NOT TOUCH YOUR EMAILS. ThunderBrowse hooks into the rendering engine for Thunderbird. If anything, ThunderBrowse may make your emails not display correctly (in an extreme case) but it will not delete, read, modify, make fun of or parse your emails.

This means that either:

  1. Mozilla locked down some core function that ThunderBrowse needs
  2. They changed the UI so ThunderBrowse cannot patch its chrome into the window
  3. Everyone somehow got a corrupted download (actually, this seems to be the case)
  4. It only works for me because the development build contains tons of fixes (probably)

I also want to thank all the people who donated recently. Because of your contributions, I’m able to keep the server running during the long periods when I cannot work on ThunderBrowse.

In the past I did mention that because I’m now in college, ThunderBrowse is on the backburner. I’m currently on a team working on a video game. I can’t go into the specifics, but I’ll try to post a link to a blog if we decide to start one up.

Now, I know the currently available version of ThunderBrowse has not been working in Postbox. I’ve just tested the newest development build and was able to get it to work just fine. So for now, I’m going to release my current development build of ThunderBrowse as version 3.3.3. This should fix the majority of problems you might have encountered. Some websites are still broken, but that’s not something I can fix right now.

Additionally, comments are broken. Not sure why, don’t have time to fix.

Anyways, the announcement and the upload of the new version will be covered in the next post.