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Too much Spam – Akismet Auntie Spam for WordPress.com (Greasemonkey Script)

akismet spamI don’t know about you but my Akismet spam folder on my WordPress.com is filled to the brim (56 pages deep, which is ridiculous if you consider that anything older than 15 days is automatically deleted). It’s considered good form to take a peek to make sure that no one’s comments are being accidently deleted, but the sheer volume of spam makes that hard to do.

So I wrote a Greasemonkey script for Firefox that greatly condensed the view. With this script I can view 16 to 18 spam comments per page compared to 3 to 5 spam comments per page without it.

What It Does

  • Moves navigation bar to the bottom instead of the top.
  • Reduces text size.
  • Truncates long comments.
  • Click to open a popup with full comment.

Without it Akismet shows 3-6 comments per screenWith it Akismet shows 17-20 comments per screen

With Akismet Auntie Spam you can go from 3-6 comments per screen of text to 17-20 comments per screen of text.

Read more information and find out how to install it here.

Greasemonkey script: increase size of del.icio.us save bookmark extension

Posted in Delicious, Firefox and Greasemonkey, Technology by engtech on December 29, 2006

This is a modified version of “del.icio.us maxim.us” that extends the text entry boxes (title, url, notes, tags) to 800×600 when bookmarking pages with the del.icio.us extension.

You will need Firefox, Greasemonkey and the official del.icio.us extension to use it.

Not sure what Greasemonkey is? Read the description from my wordpress.com category resizer.

See the full list of free software I have created.

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How to fix the Firefox memory leak (Firefox hack)

Posted in Firefox and Greasemonkey, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on December 02, 2006

Firefox memory leak? It doesn’t have one. Unfortunately, because of the way it’s configured to run out of the box it *looks* like it has one.

Follow these simple steps to get your Firefox memory usage under control.

These configuration changes are a trade-off between internet browsing speed and memory usage. They are most useful if you are multitasking and need Firefox to be less of a memory hog while using other applications.

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I Hate Internet Explorer 7 (Uninstall Guide)

Posted in Firefox and Greasemonkey, Popular Posts, Technology by engtech on November 17, 2006

Turns out I’m

To those googlers who have stumbled upon me I have the following advice:

i swear i'm not stalking you paul

Want to find out how to uninstall Internet Explorer 7 and revert to Internet Explorer 6? Read more.

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How to remove text from form autocomplete box in Firefox or Internet Explorer

Posted in Firefox and Greasemonkey, Technology by engtech on November 16, 2006

A friend was commenting that I was going around leaving comments on blogs with http://engtech.wordpress as the URL.

Oops, I mistyped something in the form auto-complete box and now it is the first thing that comes up when I’m entering a URL.

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Read more for information on how to fix this common problem.

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Firefox 2.0 Boss Key extension – Productivity and Networking Information Component

Posted in Firefox and Greasemonkey, Technology, Workhacks and High Tech Life by engtech on November 10, 2006

This is a rather self-explanatory Firefox extension for the workplace.

PaNIC is set to be activated by the Alt key and the tick ` symbol up there by the 1 on your keyboard.

Press those two buttons at the same time, and all of your tabs in Firefox will get killed instantly, and replaced with a Google search for “increasing workplace productivity”.

You can edit the hot keys and web page address via the extension’s preferences menu.

NOTE: If you are using StumbleUpon (which I highly recommend), you’ll have to change the keystroke. StumbleUpon uses Alt-` as a hot key for the Stumble! button.

Firefox >> Tools >> Add-ons >> Productivity and Networking Information Component >> Options

I recommend changing the URL to a work-related search and the modifier to Ctrl-`. You could even change the URL to go to your Intranet homepage, specific documentation, etc.

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>> PaNIC @ roachfiend.com

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Spreading the Firefox 2 Love

Posted in Firefox and Greasemonkey, Links, Technology by engtech on October 26, 2006

Firefox 2 is out. Instead of blogging about it, I’ve been happily enjoying it. Rooster nicely summarized my opinion of the changes (geeks of a feather think together). They can be summarized as:

Good

  • Session Saver can restore browser with same web pages that were open before (this used to be one of the most useful extensions, now it’s part of the browser)
  • Better RSS integration (2007 will be the Year of RSS now that all major browsers support it in a nice and clean manner)
  • An amazing built-in spell checker for all forms. Sure, I had the Google toolbar spell check but I never remembered to hit it. Whenever I enter words in a form (including the WP post editor) they are underlined with red if there’s an error. Now all I need is an extension for synchronizing my Firefox dictionary across multiple machines.

Read more to find out the bad.

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Spreading the Internet Explorer 7 Hate

Posted in Firefox and Greasemonkey, Technology by engtech on October 19, 2006

UPDATE: Read this for information on how to uninstall Internet Explorer 7 and reinstall Internet Explorer 6.

This is going to be a quicky as I don’t have a lot of time to post.

Internet Explorer 7 is out (also here and comments here).

Of course, this same week the latest release candidate for Firefox 2.0 came out. Word on the street is that Firefox 2 is noticably faster than IE 7.

Upgrading to IE 7 might be a bad idea as at least one person has completely fragged his computer with it (more a Windows Update problem than an IE 7 problem). Oh yeah, and the first IE 7 security vulnerability has already been found (translated to english here, comments here).

And this is a good read about How Web 2.0 Starts with Internet Explorer 7 (except that the server is completely hosed). Internet Explorer 7 is going to be a big deal for the web because it is the first version of Internet Explorer with RSS support (which is better than Firefox’s RSS support).

Of course, Firefox is highly extensible and it gets amazingly better at RSS once you use persistent.info‘s Firefox Extensions. He works for Google and does a great job of creating little tools to enhance Google web apps.

UPDATE: I’ve been trying Google Reader in Gmail. It’s awesome, I’m switching from Bloglines.

UPDATE: Read/Write Web has an excellent review of IE 7.

IE 7 is a huge improvement over IE 6. There is evidence of really good effort and innovation here – but there are also traces of the old IE that just do not fit. It seems like the IE team was pressured to release the tool (because of what Firefox is bringing out) before they had a chance to rethink and redo everything. Hopefully the shortcomings will be cleaned up in IE 8 – and that we won’t have to wait another five years before it comes out!

The bigger question is how does IE7 compare to Firefox 2.0 and is it enough to hang on to IE’s huge market share? This is a tough question to answer… but in terms of performance, cohesiveness of features and availability of add-ons – Firefox 2.0 is in better shape right now.

IceWeasel – Why proprietary software will always win out

Posted in Firefox and Greasemonkey, Technology by engtech on October 12, 2006

th_humpingiceweaselst6.gifRecently I came across a news article that made me stop and check the source — I was sure I must have stumbled on to the Onion or BBSpot. But no, this is really happening. FireFox isn’t “open source” enough, and thus IceWeasel was born, a separate version of the geek-popular web browser with a different name and logo.

(Open source is a software programming movement that wants the source code of a program to be freely available so that anyone can contribute, modify or improve the program. Unlike copyright law, it recognizes that innovation comes from standing on the shoulders of giants. Usually the only restriction is that whatever you produce using their source code must also be open source and any relevant trademark notices must be respected.)

I thought this would be another blip that would quickly disappear but it seems to be getting more attention.

Anyone who thinks IceWeasel is a good idea has drunken too much of the open source Kool aid. Firefox is the flagship example of open source software, and is the only one “normal”[1] people use. You’re more likely to convince your mom to use tabbed browsing than to start using Ubuntu (although, getting relatives to switch to Ubuntu can easily be the easiest way to remove tech support stress from your life and get away from all of those Stupid Windows Features).

More verbal diarreah followed by insightful commentary from the readers

My First Greasemonkey Script: WordPress.com Category Resizer

Posted in Firefox and Greasemonkey, IDT Labs Software Development, Technology, WordPress by engtech on September 19, 2006

wpcatr

The WordPress.com Category Resizer (wpcatr) is a GreaseMonkey script for Firefox and WordPress.com.

What it does

  • moves the category bar from the right sidebar to underneath the post box when creating new posts or editting existing posts
  • expands the categories to three evenly sized columns
  • removes scrollbars (you can see all categories at once)
  • adds a link to the Save button after category editting

The intended audience is wordpress.com sysopsbloggers.
Screenshots and install instructions after the break.

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