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rpxp v0.422_unofficial

Now that Mozilla has been released, it demanded a new version, v0.422_unofficial, which can be found here. Note that this one has a “MaxVersion” set to “1.6″, so there is the off-chance that something down the road — a la a serious Firefox rearchitecture — could break it before version 1.6 comes out, but this is unlikely. Meanwhile, this will keep things from having to be changed for a while.

Tags: , , — cswiii @ 9:45 pm


DailyKos RPXP v0.421_unofficial

I’m a fan of DKos and a fan of Firefox. I’m also a fan of the DKos RPXP tool (mozdev page)… which made it quite the confusing notion of whether to upgrade to v1.5 of Firefox when the RPXP tool hadn’t been modified for v1.5 compatibility.

After waiting a while, seeing no new version, and having at least a modicum of a clue as to what the solution would be, I added Firefox v1.5 to the compatiblity list and repackaged the whole thing as version 0.421_unofficial, which can be found here.

This is an unofficial release. I can’t vouch for its reliability, but as I did little more than change version labels, I don’t think it should cause anyone any problems. It seems to work for me just fine. Note that if you are using a 1.0 version of Firefox, there is little need to install this, and I’d recommend you stick with the official versions. This was done only to create a temporary fix for Firefox v1.5+ users. I don’t have any plans on maintaining nor supporting this code. This said, let me know if you find any issues arising in this one that never existed in the official 0.42 release.

Tags: , , — cswiii @ 1:39 am



Dear WebStats4U:

Yeah, I know. You changed your name. You keep talking about all these big improvements to your service, how it’s better than ever. I know you used to serve up pop-up ads when I went to go look at my stats, but that never bothered me much, because I usually use Firefox.

But what do you do now? In the past week or so you’ve started serving up pop-up ads through my own site?

In that case, fuck you very much.

Edit: Seems like I’m not the only one pissed. Meanwhile, I might have to check out Google Analytics.

Tags: , — cswiii @ 6:25 pm


MySpace is strange

From here:

Q. How do I add color, graphics, & sound to my Profile page?

A. Adding color, graphics, and sound to your profile page is easy and requires only a basic knowledge of HTML (the programming language used to create web pages on the Internet). Simply go to “Edit Profile” and enter the desired HTML coding where appropriate.If you do not know HTML, you can reach out and make a new friend by asking someone who has color, graphics, and/or sound on their Profile page how they did it. People on MySpace are friendly and always willing to help, so just ask! This is a great way to meet new people!

This seems goofy, first of all… is there not one place you can go, one template location to change layouts?

Can someone explain what they hell they mean by this? It seems straightforward anyway…

You may enter HTML/DHTML or CSS in any text field.

So anyway…whatever. Next I enter some CSS in a text field:

body {
margin:0px 0px 5px 0px;
background: #fff;

…and it just spits out the raw CSS. This is the behaviour I would expect in the first place — but then, once again, where else do I enter this stuff? Do I have to wrap the CSS in HTML? I have looked all over and not found anything other than the text fields. Pretty shitty documentation all around. Give me a freeform CSS template form or something, for cripes sake.

Update: so yes, it appears you have to wrap the CSS in STYLE tags. Still a bad configuration.

Tags: , — cswiii @ 8:27 pm


50 Million!

So, I touted 25 Million, so I might as well cheer twice as much about the news that Firefox has achieved 50 million downloads.

Was talking to a coworker about it yesterday. I think he’s planning to install it on his laptop this weekend.

Sorry, don’t have any new favourite extensions to recommend this time — these milestones are coming along so fast that I haven’t had time to find new extensions that I like, between them!

Tags: , , — cswiii @ 10:42 am


25 million

And to tack on my 2c… these are the extensions that I tend to use:

  • Adblock, for more enjoyable web browsing.
  • NukeAnything, to clear up the few and far-between annoying flash ads that Adblock might happen to miss.
  • Prefbuttons, to set up fine-grained controls and preferences in seconds.
  • Sage, for my RSS aggregator.
  • Context Highlight, for making my searches a bit easier.
  • ForecastFox, for weather. I hadn’t even seen this one until a recent fluff article came out on PCWorld or something, regarding the “top ten Firefox extensions”; now I use it a ton… and it’s not as annoying as my wife’s “Weatherbug” install. In fact, she’s also using this extension now, too.

Tags: , , — cswiii @ 9:21 am


Uh, no.

I got my first phonecall today from a recruiting moron who was wondering “if you would be interested in working for AOL, in Sterling, Virginia”. I responded to him with a, “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” sorta attitude, to which he repeated, “I have a position available with my client, AOL in Sterling, Virginia”.

Now, to be certain, it was kinda ambiguous as to whether or not AOL was his client, or whether he was hiring for a consulting firm who was contracted out to AOL, but either way — what a moron.

Speaking of morons: do a google search for “I hate firefox” and read some of the links. It is some of the most ignorant — if not amusing — talk I have ever seen. All in all, they kinda remind me of deep-south Republicans who think that their President actually cares at all about their issues.

Tags: , , — cswiii @ 4:24 pm


Google Adsense

Decided to try out Google Adsense, at least for a short time. Dunno how long I’ll keep it around. I did some minor modifications, but I don’t think I’ll run afoul of their terms of service because:
1) I distinctly didn’t modify their code, per the TOS. Their code is all there, same as always. I just contained it in a div
2) It defaults to “open” anyway.

cswiii @ 4:26 pm


A little mistake.

Last time I created the linux partitions on my computer, I made the /boot partition a little too small. It wasn’t that big a deal except that it meant I often times had to delete old kernels before putting new ones on.

And then this happened, while in /boot:

rm -rf vmlinuz-2.4 *

That’s right, there’s an extra space in there. Goodbye, boot.b and map. lilo sure didn’t like that little development. And yes, I know, I should be using grub.

Oh well, it was about time to install Fedora Core 3 anyway…

Tags: , — cswiii @ 5:33 pm


Spam strangeness…

I can’t figure out how it was done, but somewhere along the line, my email address was sold to a variety of well-known retailers. As of late I have been getting email from Bloomingdales, JC Penney, and a few others — and not just spam purporting to be from them, these are actual email being sent via their system.

But you know, sure as shit, the internet provider for these companies is not going to do anything about it.

Tags: , , — cswiii @ 12:36 pm


PNG me and I’ll PNG you back

Nothing brings on the hounds faster than a Microsoft Developer admitting that IE’s PNG rendering sucks.

I wonder if the comments were closed after a specified amount of time, or whether it got too hot in the kitchen.

It goes w/o saying that this website employs a lot of PNGs. If you’re not using something like Firefox, you’re missing out, not just on my weblog, but a lot of other sites.

Tags: , , , , — cswiii @ 12:44 pm