I 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.
With Akismet Auntie Spam you can go from 3-6 comments per screen of text to 17-20 comments per screen of text.
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.
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.
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.
Read more for information on how to fix this common problem.
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.
This is going to be a quicky as I don’t have a lot of time to post.
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.
- del.ico.us bookmarks to Google Bookmarks
- Google Reader in Gmail
- Improved “subscribe to RSS” with Google Reader
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.
Recently 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.
- Brian McKenna wrote a fluffy five point list on Reasons to Support IceWeasel.
- A more rational list of Reasons to Abort or Support IceWeasel can be found at ForeverGeek.
- Ben takes the pessimistic approach with Five Reasons to Kill Ice Weasel.
- Me? I think this is a bad idea.
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” 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).
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
Screenshots and install instructions after the break.