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    Thunderbird (recent)

    Just to reassure someone's widow who has not encountered Thunderbird before, the connection time and increasing 'cost' is a hangover from the days of dial-up, and is irrelevant for broadband?

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    Re: Thunderbird (recent)

    Huh?

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    Re: Thunderbird (recent)

    When you click on the telephone symbol Thunderbird 'connects' (whatever that means). At the bottom of the screen, the connection time and what I assume to be a notional 'cost' increase until such time as you click the telephone symbol again, when they stop. I am just trying to check for someone whether these have any meaning in the broadband environment, rather than relating purely to dial-up... I just need the obvious answer from someone who uses Thunderbird all the time.

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    Re: Thunderbird (recent)

    Sorry John, I wasn't trying to be a smart aleck. Now I see - but I DON'T see. What telephone symbol are you describing - I don't see it on my screen and I tried to look real carefully just now? Maybe I've configured mine to not show it, but if so I don't remember doing it. Is it possible that it doesn't even show if you're not using dialup?

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    Re: Thunderbird (recent)

    Ah, there you have me!

    I saw Thunderbird for the first time yesterday at a friend's house, where someone pointed out a yellow telephone near the top left of the screen. When clicked on, the receiver lifted up, and from then on a timer began counting up in seconds and minutes, and a 'cost amount' in decimal units also began to increase. Both these fields were located near the bottom left/bottom middle of the Thunderbird window. When clicked on again the numbers stopped incrementing and the receiver replaced itself.

    Obviously I assumed that this was a standard Thunderbird screen, and the purpose of the telephone was to give access to the usual Inbox and newsgroup messages! Apparently not...

    Anyway, if you don't have an obvious telephone icon, then it can't be important, so you have answered my question (if slightly obliquely)!

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    Re: Thunderbird (recent)

    John,

    IMHO, since her ISP is dial-up, she'd be better off connecting directly to the ISP server and then activating her browser. That way, she would know that she was officially connected to the Internet. She would probably need to configure her browser "to never dial the connection". Or at least this is the way I USED to do it before I was "liberated"! Gosh but I enjoy being on cable! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>. I confess I don't know how to configure Thunderbird for connection since I've only used IE or Firefox and now Safari on my MAC. Just my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Thunderbird (recent)

    I have always had nothing but dial-up access, and I have not seen anything that comes close to resembling a telephone anywhere within Thunderbird - perhaps your friend has loaded an extension that causes the telephone to appear - I'm running Thunderbird right out of the 'box' - no extensions.
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    Re: Thunderbird (recent)

    Thanks Ed and Skitter - I will just ignore the matter, then, since I may not be round there for a week or two!

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