Thunderbird Stuck on “Checking inbox for new messages”

Problem :
Sporadically Thunderbird would get stuck on “Checking inbox for New Messages”. Whatever you do, the new messages are not downloaded.   It gets past the logging in so  you know it has logged to your mail server and is waiting for the server to send it the list of new mails.

Solution : None that I have found. Tried everything but nothing works.

Workaround : If you have webmail access, login with webmail. Move your inbox emails to a temp folder. then half them back to inbox and then another half to your inbox. It works


Quickbooks Stock Ageing Workaround

Quickbooks is so popular that it almost has a cult Following, but its not without its shortcomings. One of the featrues it lacks is the ability to generate a Stock Ageing report.  The Report that shows you which stock has been lying with you for how many days and its value. This report is indispensabel for anybody in Distribution business with inventory.

In Quickbooks Enterprise Solution 17.0, there is a workaround to get this report. However its only a workaround and as the number of items and transactions grow, it becomes more time-consuming to get this report.

  1. Enable Inventory First in First out.

a. Go to Edit > Perferences > item and inventory
b. Click on “Advanced Inventory Settings”
c. tick “Use FIFO” and a start date.

2. Under Reports > Inventory , Find the report “FIFO LOT COST HISTORY BY ITEM”.

Now this report is very interesting. It shows you the purchase date of each item, and a sales date of that item. Any item that only has a purchase date, and no sales date is in your stock. Your Ageing is the time elapsed from the purchase date.

3. Export it to Excel and Filter only the transactions that have no Sales date / Disbursment Date.

Quickbooks Stock Ageing Report Workaround
Sample Report for an Item

4. Your ageing for such stock is date today – the date of purchase.

I know its a long way , but at least you would have some idea on the items that have been with you in stock for long time.  I also wrote a python script to take in the CSV exported from Quickbooks and turn it into 0-30,30-60,60-90,+ ageing report. In my next post I will share the details of the script too.


Problem :
Ms Surface Pro4 was stuck after a critical windows 10 update. It would keep rebooting and Display the Blue screen of death with “SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED” message.

Solution :
For me, constantly hitting F8 ( or Fn+F8) while it was restarting finally forced the system to “Restore the previous version of windws”. It may work for someone else too.

Additional Info

  1. Error message I was getting did not have any file name ( like ClassPNP.sys)
  2. I didn’t have to go as far as booting in safe mode and then uninstalling the display driver as suggested on Microsoft Post.
  3. Instead of F8, you may have to hit Fn+F8 .
  4. No data was lost, since the problem was with windows installation alone.


Thunderbird shows no inline forwarded message when forwarding

Problem :

If you forward a message from your Inbox it doesn’t show the forarded message body  . you see only the header

——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: RE: Subject of the email
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:52:52 +0500

<Forwarded messgae body doesn’t appear here >

Solution :
Click on View > Message Body as  as select either ” Original HTML” or “Plain Text”.
This problem occurs when you have selected “Plain HTML” in view.


Qnap CVE-2017-7494 Samba vulnerability Fix

Samba Team discovered a 7 years old security hole in Samba version 3.5.0 +.  If your SMB port is forwarded , and you use vulnerable SMB version, you are at risk of an attack.

Qnap has released a patch . Go to qnap download center  and download Qfix for your model. You can apply Qfix to your Qnap via firmware update dialogue box.