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Being a geek sometimes saves the day

Posted 06-23-2015 at 10:10 AM by HMW
Updated 06-23-2015 at 10:12 AM by HMW

So, there we were, sitting in front of a PC about to do some actual work. But we couldn't, because we needed instructions from a particular e-mail. Said e-mail could not be reached online since it was sent using POP, not IMAP.

The computer with the super important instructions did not have any VNC connection to the outer world, so we could not simply log in that way, start Thunderbird and check out the e-mail from a distance.

What do you do? Take the bus to where the physical computer is located, print the e-mail, and then hop on another bus back to where we were? Doesn't sound like a lot of fun, nor time well spent. But wait... the machine (OS X) was accessible via ssh.

GEEK STEPS IN!

ssh to the machine. Locate the Thunderbird directory. DONE!
Locate the "Sent" file. DONE!
scp the "Sent" file from Thunderbird to our machine. DONE!
Use less to open the (huge!) Sent file from Thunderbird, and search for the particular keywords, aaaaand...

GEEK SAVES THE DAY!

Of course, all of this could have been avoided if someone had thought ahead and simply brought a printout of the e-mail.
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