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CoLT 2.6.7

November 8, 2015

Version 2.6.7 of CoLT is now available at AMO. Note that if you installed CoLT from this website, you will have to reinstall it from the official AMO site (just click the “Add to Firefox” button on the install page). I am currently unable to figure out how to trigger automatic updates from here to the official site (removing the updateURL node from my installer manifest wasn’t enough), but hopefully I’ll find a solution soon.

Anyways, here’s the list of changes:

  • A new variable (%D) is now available for custom formats, allowing the user to insert a local date stamp
  • JSON output is now beautified when exporting custom formats
  • A README file has been added to the tree for use at GitHub

Pulled Party Pork

November 8, 2015

My wife was sent a recipe by a family member down in Florida that’s really good. This recipe comes from the Junior League of Tampa, and I’m transcribing it here just in case their electronic copy ever disappears.

  • 1 (3-lb) pork tenderloin or Boston butt roast
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (18 oz) bottle prepared BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Combine the pork and water in a slow cooker. Cook on high for 7 hours. Drain, reserving 1 cup liquid. Shred the roast in the slow cooker with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients. Add the reserved cooking liquid if necessary. Cook on low for 1 hour. Serve on rolls for sandwiches if desired.

CoLT 2.6.6

October 3, 2015

A new build of CoLT is now available. This minor update removes the updateURL from the install manifest, and bumps the supported minor version to 38.0. From now on, CoLT will be hosted at the official Add-ons for Firefox site.

The Future of CoLT & Googlebar Lite

August 24, 2015

It has been quite some time since the last releases of either CoLT or Googlebar Lite, and a lot has changed in the land of Firefox extension development. In a few weeks, Firefox will require all extensions to be signed. At the moment, neither of my extensions (as available from this website, at least) meet this requirement.

The Firefox extension world is increasingly becoming a walled garden, much like every other browser today. As such, I’ve made the frustrating decision to release my extensions through the official add-ons site only. This policy will begin with the next release of each extension, which I hope to make available in the next month or so.

In addition, the next releases of both Googlebar Lite and CoLT are likely to be my last. I’m not as interested in Firefox development as I once was, especially given some of the frustrating plans they have announced for the ecosystem. This unfortunately means that support for the multi-process version of Firefox that is coming down the pipeline will not be implemented (at least by me).

If you’re a developer and want to contribute either bug fixes or new features for my extensions, you are more than welcome to do so (merge requests are always appreciated). The source code for both is available via GitHub:

Yosemite National Park Photos

August 19, 2015

Back in June, my wife and I visited Yosemite National Park while in California. It was truly a memorable place, and I can see why this area has inspired so many people in the past. Here are some photos we took on our visit. Enjoy!

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Photo Catch-Up

August 19, 2015

I recently realized that I had forgotten to post some news about various photo albums I’ve put up on my photography site. I’ve been woefully behind the times in getting things posted, but I’m slowly catching up. Here are the albums I’ve posted so far that I didn’t mention here:

I have a number of albums from California in the wings, followed by a number of albums for new state parks that I’ve visited. Stay tuned!

Carolina Beach State Park Photos

May 22, 2015

I’ve finally gotten around to posting some photos from a trip my wife and I took last year right before we got married. We visited Carolina Beach state park back in September, and enjoyed our trip (it was a nice break from all the hectic wedding planning). If you’re ever in the Wilmington, NC area, be sure to check it out!

Contact Form Fixed

May 4, 2015

Well, that was fast! I’ve found the problem with the contact form and corrected it, so emails should now actually make it to my inbox. Apologies for the problem!

Contact Form Not Working

May 4, 2015

I discovered this morning that my site contact form is not working properly. I will investigate why and hope to have a fix in place soon. Until then, if you’ve sent me an email recently, I likely didn’t get it. Feel free to leave a comment here or email support at borngeek dot com. It’s been fixed!

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Fixing the Thinkpad Hot-key On-Screen Display

April 6, 2015

Lenovo Thinkpads have an on-screen display for various hot-keys. For example, when you change the monitor brightness, or the volume level, an on-screen overlay will display showing the current brightness level or volume level, respectively. Twice, I have received laptops from Lenovo that have this software installed, but the on-screen display never appears. Frustrated by this bug, I used the Dependency Walker to troubleshoot this problem a while back, and subsequently found the solution.

Simply install the Visual Studio 2010 C++ redistributable, available from Microsoft (make sure to install the x86 version, even on a 64-bit system; the on-screen display application is a 32-bit process). Once this package is installed, and the laptop rebooted, the problem should go away.

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