Avoid making badly burned CDRRW discs

Some CD-R/RW drives use so-called BurnProof technology to avoid buffer underrun errors that result in unusable discs. This will probably be activated by default in the drive's hardware, but you might as well make the GNOME desktop attempt to activate it, in case it isn't. To do so, start gconf-editor and navigate to /apps/nautilus-cd-burner and then put a check in the burnproof box.

To learn how to activate the equally useful overburn mode of CD-R/RW drives, see Tip 27, on page 84.

If you've a former Windows user with a huge Outlook archive (.pst file) packed full of messages, and would dearly love to import these into Evolution, then you're in luck. Evolution can't understand .pst files out of the box but you can install Mozilla Thunderbird under Windows and then use it to import the .pst file. Thunderbird uses the industry-standard mbox file for its mail store, and you can then import this into Evolution under Ubuntu.

Here are the steps:

1. First you'll need to remove any password protection from the .pst file. You'll have to delve into Outlook's Tools ^ Options menu to do this (on Outlook 2003, I clicked the Mail Setup tab, and then clicked the Data Files button; following this I clicked the Settings

Import email messages from Outlook and/or Outlook Express button and clicked Change Password; then I left the new password fields blank).

2. Still in your Windows system, download and install Thunderbird (http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird). Quit Outlook and, during the first run of Thunderbird that happens immediately after installation, select to import from Outlook (and/or Outlook Express, if applicable).

3. Thunderbird should now list your Outlook messages. Now, within Thunderbird, click Tools ^ Account Settings and look in the Local Directory text field. This is where your all-new mbox files are stored. Make a note of the location.

4. Boot Ubuntu and mount your Windows partition by selecting its entry on the Places menu. Start Evolution and then click File ^ Import. In the dialog that appears, select Import a Single File. Then click the Filename dropdown to browse to the location you noted earlier (remember that your Windows partition will be mounted at /media/disk). The mbox files are in the Mail/Local Folders folder of the Thunderbird profiles folder. The mbox files have no file extension, but will be simply called inbox, Sent, Trash, and so on. Once you've selected the file you'll be asked where you want to import the messages into within Evolution—Inbox, Sent, and so on. Once you click the Import button, the messages will being to appear. You can repeat this step to import all the Thunderbird mbox files.

If you've just switched from Mac OS, you might be used to hitting (Command +q to quit a program. Ubuntu prefers [Alt)+[f4 (like Windows) but using [Command +[q can be a hard habit to break.

Therefore, to bring this little piece of Mac to the Ubuntu world, open gconf-editor and head over to /apps/metacity/window_keybindings and look for the close key in the list on the right. Then double-click the entry and change it to read <Super>q. This will cause an open application to close when the Windows key plus (q] is hit (when a Mac keyboard is being

Use the Mac OS "quit" keyboard shortcut used, the Command key equates to the Windows key). Try your new shortcut for the first time to close the gconf-editor window!

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