Re-configuring Email for Modern Authentication and MFA

I slowly lost some of my email functionality over the past year and just didn’t have time to fix the problems until now.

The first problem was no longer being able to use Thunderbird for updating my offline Mbox format email archives for my job. I handle all current email, work and personal, via web clients. But for long term storage and future readability nothing beats Mbox, my archive goes back to 1997. My client of choice for my Mbox archives is Thunderbird.

Over time as the security for Office 365 tightened I stopped being able to connect and move current mail to the archives. I’d searched a bit for solutions but all I found either didn’t work or was too insecure for me. Today I looked again and found these great instructions. Configure Thunderbird for Modern Authentication and MFA

The other problem was with my first custom IoT device, a monitor for the basement dehumidifier. My cable ISP provided an IP secured SMTP server since the beginning but over the last year it slowly has been changed. This meant the daily status, and water collection tray full, emails were no longer working.

I’ve settled on the App Password solution for my custom Python code as described here: G-Mail and less secure sign-in technology – Raspberry Pi Forums. I would like a more secure solution but so far I haven’t found one that’s free.

A Spot On Review Geek Article

I can’t even quibble with any of the details in the article. To be environmentally friendly, I use rechargeable AA’s & AAA’s in most of my devices.

It’s getting harder to find battery-powered keyboards. And I mean keyboards that run on AA or AAA batteries, not the rechargeable monstrosities that constantly beg for a USB cable. Wireless keyboards that use disposable batteries last longer than their rechargeable counterparts, and frankly, they’re a lot better for your wallet and your sanity.

Go read the whole article: Why Wireless Keyboards Should Use AAA Batteries – Review Geek

I Worry that Mr. Silverglate is Suffering Age Related Mental Issues

Otherwise how can he now no longer believe in freedom of expression for all.

As Ken White’s article illustrates it appears that he now believes only his free expression rights matter. So sad to see this from a person who I formerly admired due to there insistence on free expression for all. Now he appears to be climbing on the money making faux-outrage persecution complex tour that is so popular lately with wealthy privileged people.

Source: The Philosophical And Moral Incoherence of “How Dare You Walk Out Of My Speech” (“Cancel Culture” Has Victims, But You’re Probably Not One Of Them)