Make Thunderbird 3 look & act like Thunderbird 2

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Here are some tips for making TB3 look & act like TB2:

(1) Switch to "All Folders" view. Use the little left and right arrows in the header bar at the top of the folder tree pane. Or go to Help --> Migration Assistant and then select 'use "all folders" mode'.

(2) Switch to the old, familiar toolbar. Go to Help --> Migration Assistant and then select "use original toolbar".

(3) Turn off indexing. Go to Tools --> Options --> Advanced --> General (tab) and uncheck the "Enable Global Search and Indexer" box.

(4) Open messages in new window (not a tab). Go to Tools --> Options --> Advanced --> Reading & Display (tab). Change the "Open messages in:" selection to "A new message window".

(5) Hide tabs when there is only 1. Go to Tools --> Options --> Advanced --> General (tab) and click the "Config Editor..." button. If a cautionary dialog box pops up then click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button. Start typing in the filter line of the small window that opens. Type "mail.tabs.autoHide". You will see a seeting with this preference name in the list below. Double click it to change it to "true".

Doing both (4) and (5) will (mostly) turn off tabs.

VMware ESX cmd-Line reference

Get CDP Neighbor info (

esxcfg-info -n | less

NIC Teaming for Cisco Switches:

On ESX set “Route based on ip hash” (

vmware-vim-cmd /hostsvc/net/vswitch_setpolicy --nicteaming-policy=loadbalance_ip vSwitch1

Add nic to Team:
esxcfg-vswitch -L vmnic1 vSwitch1

VMware ESX 3.5 and nVidia MCP55 SATA Controller (usbid: 10de:037f)

After installation of VMware ESX 3.5 on a SunFire X2100 the machine always faulted with a root-fs error.

Looking at the VMware forums, I found a post by rpartmann who provides a script to solve this issue[1].

With the help of his script I found the relevant steps to fix this issue for me:

  • Boot into troubleshooting mode (there the SATA controller works).
  • go to /etc/vmware/pciid
  • edit sata_nv.xml
  • As last entry before </vendor> I added:
    <device id=”037f”>
    <vmware label=”scsi”>
    <name>MCP55 SATA Controller</name>
  • then I had to rebuild the PCI-ID Table:
  • regenerate the boot-filesystems:
    esxcfg-boot -r
  • reboot

Then I could start without problem on my nVidia SATA chipset.

You might need to do the same procedure after an update of VMware. Haven’t been there so far.