13 June 2008

Email apocalypse

I upgraded to the release version of Opera 9.50 last night. All seemed to go smoothly: it imported my bookmarks, contacts and email account details without difficulty. Then it imported all my emails . . . and promptly zapped the email bodies. I am now the proud owner of several years of email subject lines! Aaaargh!!!

Actually it's not quite that bad. The original emails are still there on the hard disk. But when I reverted to the beta version the message bodies had disappeared there as well. I can still read them with a file viewer I happen to have. My problem is finding anything. I have spent more time than I can really afford trying to find some way of indexing the old emails so I can access anything I need to refer to.

Meanwhile the disaster has forced me to migrate to Gmail. My email addresses haven't changed but they now point to my Gmail accoint.

Update: With a bit of tweaking, Copernic can be made to index Opera .mbs files. So now I can read my old emails. And a handy little base64 decoder I happen to have even allows me to retrieve any email attachments. So life has returned to normal . . . except that my faith in Opera as a browser/email program has taken quite a battering. The new version of Firefox is released next week. Perhaps I'll take a look at that.

12 June 2008

Deadstock and the Campbell Award

Jeffrey Thomas’s Deadstock was the first book I edited for Solaris. I heard today that it is one of the finalists for the 2008 John W. Campbell Award (one of the ‘big three’ international SF awards). In my opinion, it thoroughly deserves its place on the short list. As I mentioned a long time ago on this blog, it is an edgy mixture of cyberpunk, noir thriller and Lovecraftian horror leavened with nice touches of irony and self-referential humour. If you are interested in reading it for yourself, the nice people at Solaris have made it available as a free download here.