Thunderburned

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About two years ago when I first got my hands on what is now my primary development machine, I attempted to set up Thunderbird using POP to access my GMail account(s). I recall that this wasn’t all that long after Google had first begun offering POP access to GMail, so it was a bit of an arcane process still. I’d done it on my backup machine with Mail, though, so I didn’t expect any problems.

As can be expected in “Computer Stories” things didn’t go exactly as I’d hoped. To make a long story short, I was told that Norton AntiVirus/Firewall would prevent me from ever using Thunderbird with GMail (even if I had them disabled). I found this a little ridiculous, but I eventually grew used to accessing GMail solely via the web interface.

Now about a month or two ago, I uninstalled Norton as I had gotten other AV/Firewall products that I liked more. Today I decided I’d try out Thunderbird again to see if I could access my GMail account now that I wasn’t using Norton. As you might be able to guess from the title, things didn’t exactly work out as planned. Even after setting up rules that basically allowed Thunderbird to do whatever it damn well pleases, I still couldn’t get it to access GMail, or seemingly do anything. Updating to the latest version of Thunderbird and associated extensions? Nada.

It’s really a shame, because I do find programs like Thunderbird very convenient. I think, though, I’ll just have to give up on getting it to work and stick with the web interface. It’s not that important to me, and considering the hoops I jumped through last time, with no success, I think I’ve put in enough effort to just let it go.

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