Unlocking the bootloader of a Moto G3

Before we commence our journey into mysteries of the Android operating system – and making changes to the OS! – on the Motorola G 3rd Generation smartphone, just a final word of warning. Unlocking the bootloader will void the phone’s warranty and, according to Motorola, “…may cause damage to the device or result in injury to users.” So, let’s consider the steps involved, but their implementation will be only for those of you who, like me, have no problem with this aspect of the process.
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Taking control of a Moto G3 smartphone

One of the problems I have with Android smartphones is that manufacturers will cheerfully sell me a device but will then allow support for the phone to lapse in relatively short order. My Moto G (3rd Generation) is a case in point. In 2016, the phone was purchased with Android Version 5.0 (Lollipop) installed. Motorola subsequently provided an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android Version 6.0 (Marshmallow). However, by mid-2017, there appears to be no plan to further update the unit to Android Version 7.0 (Nougat) – and beyond!
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Scheduling Back In Time

Five years ago, in a series of posts, I outlined the difficulties that I experienced in getting Back In Time to make a daily backup of my dedicated data partition. After finding a solution to this issue (see: Getting to the root of the problem), the system worked flawlessly, creating a backup every time the system was powered up. Well, at least, it was working flawlessly until, shortly after completing a fresh installation of Linux Mint Version 18.2 (Sonya), I realized that the daily backup was no longer being produced.
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Thunderbird’s address books on different computers (and different operating systems)

Another issue relating to my switching from using POP to an IMAP mailer server was a need to “synchronize” Thunderbird’s address book(s) between my main desktop machine and my laptop computer. Now, I don’t think that one can truly synchronize locally-stored address books* on different machines going forward, but at least one can have two (or more) devices initially use files containing the same set of contacts.
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Thunderbird’s message filters

After switching my E-mail system from POP to IMAP, things seemed to working fine – until I found that messages were no longer being filtered and automatically redirected from the Inbox to a number of separate folders.
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IMAP folders

One of the reasons I stuck with POP, rather than switching to IMAP earlier, was that I maintain several quite large archive mail folders and I didn’t want these synchronized to the relatively small amount of memory in my smartphone. However, IMAP is quite happy to ignore Thunderbird’s “Local Folders” so, simply placing the archives in this area, avoids any potential storage limitations.
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Converting Thunderbird from POP to IMAP

Computers, smartphones, and tablets seem to be getting more popular around my house, and my car, and people’s pockets, and… well, you get the picture. The end result is that there is a need to access E-mail messages in a more efficient manner on the multiple devices than by using POP. Everyone tells me that IMAP is the only way to go, so it’s time to switch up my E-mail system and give IMAP a try.
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