So I was thinking…

October 27, 2005

… your mom.


And me, being me, ended up creating approximately 14 690 746 of them. Blah.

Ooooh, shiny!

October 21, 2005

This afternoon I’ve been playing around with the developer preview of Flock, a Firefox-based “social browser”, which aims to provide users with tight integration with popular online services (blogger, bookmark sharing, photo sharing, etc.). So far, it looks pretty good for an alpha. There are busted features (bookmark import springs to mind) and rough edges (bookmarks menu), but overall, I like the concept and I think the Flock developers have done excellent work. It’s got some nice features, like a built-in blog editor (from which I am typing this), a ‘Shelf’ which you can drag things to, integration with Flickr that I haven’t figured out how to use yet, and so on. Here’s an example of the Shelf: let’s say I’m reading boz4PM’s livejournal (btw, one shortcoming of the blog editor is that it can’t do that nifty icon thingy), and something that she says interests me. I highlight it and drag it to the Shelf. I click the Blog This button, and drag that item into the blog editor. I get this:

Comment using an icon of yours that you LOVE, and tell me why you picked THAT one too.


Nifty, isn’t it? Unfortunately, the blog editor lacks the ability to post to multiple blogs (not to mention that a lot of it looks awfully like Nvu, a Gecko-based HTML editor), but it’s a nice idea and it’s fairly well executed. The Favourites Manager looks useful, if a little hard to decipher (hint: making people click on things to find out what they don’t isn’t usually a good idea, but quite acceptable for a developer preview). Oh, and I’ve figured out how to use the Flickr topbar. It lets you drag photos from Flickr right into blog posts, like so:

Flickr Photo

Interesting, isn’t it? Going to explore a little more, now…


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October 3, 2005


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Nicked from Elb and Nenya.

The X-game

(_) snuck out of the house
(_) saw a shooting star (laypeople and their dumbed-down terms…)
(X) been to any other countries besides Canada
(_) had a serious surgery
(X) gone out in public in your pyjamas (Blame my parents)
(_) kissed a stranger
(_) hugged a stranger
(_) been arrested (depends how you define ‘arrested’…)
(_) done drugs
(X) had alcohol
(X) laughed and had milk/coke come out of your nose
(_) made out in an elevator
(X) swore at your parents
(X) kicked a guy where it hurts (accidentally, while playing soccer)
(_) been in love (does my Xbox count?)
(X) been to a casino
(_) been skydiving
(X) broken a bone
(X) been high (7 cups of coffee in an hour was a little excessive)
(_) skinny-dipped
(_) skipped school
(_) flashed someone
(_) saw a therapist
(X) gotten stitches
(X) drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour
(_) bitten someone
(X) been to Niagara Falls (only fifteen times)
(_) gotten the chicken pox
(_) kissed a member of the opposite sex
(_) kissed a member of the same sex
(_) been to Japan
(X) ridden in a taxi
(_) been dumped
(_) shoplifted
(_) been fired
(_) ever had a crush on someone of the same sex
(_) had feelings for someone who didn’t have them back
(_) gone on a blind date
(X) lied to a friend (with friends like me, who needs enemies?)
(_) had a crush on a teacher
(_) celebrated mardi-gras in new orleans
(_) been to Europe (Are you kidding? They don’t have trees there!)
(_) slept with a co-worker
(_) been married
(_) gotten divorced
(_) had children
(X) saw someone die (violently)
(_) been to Africa
(X) driven over 400 miles in one day (make that 1000)
(X) been to Canada (gee, ya think?)
(_) been to Mexico
(X) been on a plane
(_) seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show
(X) been in a fist fight
(X) done the splits (trust me, it wasn’t intentional and I didn’t enjoy it)
(_) played spin the bottle
(_) stole something from your job
(_) went to a prom
(_) bungee jumped
(_) gotten lost in your city
(_) purposely set a part of myself on fire
(_) eaten sushi
(X) gone snowboarding
(X) met someone in person from the internet
(_) been to a rock concert
(_) been to a moto cross show
(_) lost a child
(_) gone to college (over my cold dead body)
(_) graduated college (this is akin to those that ‘graduate’ from kindergarten)
(X) taken painkillers
(X) love someone or miss someone right now
(_) been to a pop concert
(_) dated someone for more than a year
(X) been in a car accident
(_) sold naked pictures of yourself
(_) slept naked
(X) eaten cheesecake
(_) done jury service
(X) hated someone without knowing them (these are the easiest people to hate)
(X) been to Maine
(X) shot a real gun
(_) milked a cow
(X) gotten in a verbal fight with a teacher
(_) dated someone older than you are
(_) ran away
(_) given someone a hickey
(_) gotten a hickey
(X) lied about where you’re going
(_) flashed/mooned someone
(_) had mono
(_) beer bonged
(_) owned sexy underwear
(_) thrown up in a bar
(_) feel naked if you leave home without your cell phone
(X) you need to listen to music to get through the day (I need to PLAY music to get through the day)
(_) have ever taken an oatmeal bath
(X) cried during a Disney movie

One of the greatest features of Firefox is it’s extensibility. The project drivers have ensured that they are shipping a lightweight product by default through the approval flag, and so the horrific feature bloat of Opera 6, the Mozilla Application Suite, Netscape 8 (gah! triple-nested tabs!), etc. is avoided. But unlike proprietary software, the vendor doesn’t have the last word in how you use the product. For almost any functionality that’s not there in the default install, there’s an extension. This also allows users to, in effect, have their cake and eat it. Everyone can have their pet feature with extensions. Many Firefox users would have a minor stroke if they had to browse without their favourite extensions. So my favourites are:

  • Adblock Plus An enhancement of the original Adblock, improvements include whitelisting, to make sure legitimate content gets through without sacrificing any ad-blocking, the ability to block DIV sections, and a workaround for that irritating iframe crashing bug. Used with an effective filterset (like Filterset.G), you will see almost zero ads. If that’s not 1337, I don’t know what is.
  • Adblock Filterset.G Updater. This extension automatically updates Adblock with the latest version of Filterset.G and the whitelist if you’re using Adblock Plus. It also lets you set custom filters that persist across updates.
  • BBCode This adds options for inserting BBCode, HTML, and XHTML to the textarea context menu. Very useful on message boards.
  • BugMeNot 0.7. Tired of websites requiring registration for the slightest thing? BugMeNot will give you a username and password on 86 980 websites.
  • CookieCuller 1.2.0. Want to clear all your cookies but a few? CookieCuller lets you protect certain cookies from being cleared.
  • FlashGot FlashGot lets you pass of downloads to an external download manager – a great extension if you’re not satisfied with Firefox’s simple integrated download manager.
  • Greasemonkey 0.5.3. Greasemonkey lets you run user scripts on a page to make it behave the way YOU want it to behave. Especially powerful when used in conjunction with Platypus.
  • NoScript This extension gives you the ability to allow JavaScript, Java, Flash, and other plugins based on a whitelist. This pre-emptive blocking is the best way to go as far as safety is concerned.
  • ReloadEvery 0.6.1. Waiting for a site to update? Tired of hitting ‘Reload’ every few minutes? ReloadEvery will automatically reload a page at specified intervals.
  • Resizeable Textarea 0.1a. If you’re irritated by too-small text boxes, this is for you. It allows click-and-drag resizing of textareas. Nifty.
  • Tab Mix Plus 0.2.4. This is the single greatest extension out there. It adds a prodigious number of preferences for tabbed browsing. A must-have for obsessive tweakers.

I haven’t been following news of Microsoft’s next operating system too closely, but I came across this article on a Linux forum a couple days ago:

Windows Vista product editions revealed

My first thought was, “WTF?!”

Okay, I lied. “WTF?!” was my only thought. Most Windows users probably aren’t even aware that there are any other versions besides the one that they use. That’s mostly because they don’t care. It if lets them e-mail Aunt Sally and browse their favourite porn sites (just kidding), that’s all that really matters. But here, Microsoft introduces no less than SEVEN different versions, of which four are viable for the home desktop market. They’ve already done this to a lesser extent with Xbox 360. I can only wonder what they smoke over in Microsoft’s marketing department. When I think of a product with a zillion different editions that are sometimes only minutely different, I think of…

I’ll give you a hint. It starts with ‘L’.

Go figure.